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Law Student's Guide to the Law Library During COVID-19 Shutdown

Library Building Policy

Library Building Policies

In order to maintain an environment that promotes effective study and research, we need your cooperation. Please be considerate of those working around you and comply with the following policies. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important to respect fellow library users and practice social distancing, frequent hand washing, and other recommendations by the WHO to protect yourself and others.

Throughout the library closure please deposit all food waste in trash receptacles outside Mondale, as there may be no custodial services at this time.

All University of Minnesota campus policies apply throughout Mondale Hall and in the Law Library. 

 

Noise

Noise

Loud in-person and/or cell phone conversations are not permitted in the Law Library. Please turn off the ringer on your cell phone prior to entering the Law Library. All audio devices must be used with earphones.

Please avoid talking in the following areas where sound carries most:

  • rooms 144, 146, and 153 
  • just inside the wooden doors on the first floor (near the public computer terminals)
  • balcony on the second floor of the library outside the journal offices
  • near the library elevator on the upper floors

If you would like to hold a conversation while in the Law Library, please use the following areas:

  • library lobby
  • circulation/reserves area
  • the "loft" on the second floor (overlooking the library lobby)
  • the central library stairwell from the second floor to the fourth floor

Food and Drink

Food and Drink

You may have food and beverages in the library. Please avoid odorous and crunchy foods, and dispose of your containers and wrappers. Please keep beverages in covered containers. If a spill occurs, please notify the library circulation staff via email at lawcirc@umn.edu. 

Throughout the library closure please deposit all food waste in trash receptacles outside Mondale, as there may be no custodial services at this time.

Miscellaneous Policies

Miscellaneous Policies

While in the Law Library, you are not allowed to:

  • engage in disruptive behavior
  • use tobacco products or e-cigarettes
  • post signs
  • solicit sales
  • admit unauthorized individuals after hours
  • enter staff offices without permission

During the shutdown, please report disruptive behavior to the library staff via email at lawcirc@umn.edu or law-ref@umn.edu. In case of emergency, please contact the police by calling 9-1-1.


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