Law Library User Policies

Circulation Policy

Circulating materials may be borrowed for a period of 28 days. Reserve materials may be borrowed for two hours. Primary sources do not circulate. One renewal period is allowed for borrowed materials except when demand is excessive. All materials are due back for examination week periods. Borrowing privileges, grades, transcripts, and registration privileges mayAn image of UMass Law students in the Law Library. be withheld until library charges are cleared up.


Please do not leave valuables unattended in the library. The law library is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Items picked up throughout the law library are kept in a lost & found tray behind the circulation desk. The Law Enrollment Center also keeps a lost & found tray.

Food & drink

Drinks with lids may be taken into the law library. Packaged snacks may be eaten in the library. Messy foods such as pizza should be consumed outside the library to keep odors and pests from invading library study areas.


The library lobby area is the business and social center of the library. As such, it is a noisy area. The main floor beyond the glass doors is a group study area where low level discussions may be carried on. The upper and lower levels of the library are “noise free.” Please be respectful of fellow students’ need for quiet. Shut off cell phones, adjust the volume of headphones, and take conversations to another area.

Study rooms

The study rooms on the lower level are intended for group study rather than individual privacy. However, they are available on a first-come, first-use basis.


While library users are encouraged to return books to the shelves, it is important that books are shelved correctly. If you are uncertain about where a book belongs, please leave it on a book truck adjacent to the doorways for the staff to re-shelve.


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