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Circulation & Document Delivery Services

For University of Minnesota Law Students



»  Borrowing Privileges - at campus & local law libraries

»  Loan Periods, Overdue Fines

»  Renewing Library Materials

»  Returning Materials

»  Recalling Checked Out Items

»  Searching for Missing Materials

» Get It Service - delivers books held at other libraries on campus.

» Interlibrary Loan Service - request items held by other libraries worldwide.

Borrowing Privileges

At On-Campus Libraries

To check out materials from the Law Library or other libraries on campus, you will need to present your current U of M ID card.

At Other Law Libraries in the Twin Cities Metro Area

Information on borrowing privileges at law school libraries in the Twin Cities (Mitchell Hamline and St. Thomas) and at the Minnesota State Law Library and metro area county law libraries is available here.

Loan Periods

Loan periods vary based on the type of item charged. Not all Law Library materials circulate. Please check at the Circulation Desk for details or consult our Loan Periods table.

Any book is subject to recall after two weeks if needed by another patron. If needed for course Reserve, it may be recalled immediately.

Overdue Materials & Fines Policy

While law library borrowers are expected to return materials on or before the due date, we understand that circumstances can sometimes make that difficult. The following overdue charges automatically accrue on patrons' accounts when materials are not returned by the due date. If you know that you will not be able to return something by the due date, please renew it before it becomes overdue. If you are not able to return or renew by the due date, or if materials are already overdue and you wish to discuss options, please contact the Circulation Desk at 612-625-4300 or lawcirc@umn.edu.
Monographs $.50 per day
Periodicals or Reserve $1.50 per hour
Conference Room Key $5.00 per hour
Building Access Card $26.00 flat fee
Rush Recall & Recall fines: Patron recall $1.00 per day
Reserve/Rush recall $5.00 per day

If you lose a law library item, please contact the Circulation Desk at 612-625-4300 or lawcirc@umn.edu. Our goal is to find the material and we will be happy to search our shelves or extend time for you to search your home or office. If the item is not found, we will generate a bill and will expect you to bear the cost of replacement. The replacement charge includes a processing fee which helps to offset the cost of ordering and cataloging the material.

A book is considered “lost” when there is no response to notices and the book becomes severely overdue. In such an instance, a bill will be issued for the replacement cost. If you should receive a bill and have the book in question, you may return it to avoid paying the replacement charges. Please direct all questions about law library charges to the Circulation Desk at 612-625-4300 or lawcirc@umn.edu.

Renewing Library Materials

Materials may be renewed online by clicking on "My Account" after logging into MNCAT Discovery.  

To avoid fines, please renew your material on or before the due date. Renewals may be done:

  • Web: via MNCAT Discovery (Select "My Account" from the top of the of the page.)
  • Email: lawcirc@umn.edu
  • Telephone: (612)625-4300
  • U.S. or Campus mail
  • In-person

We regret that books cannot be renewed if a recall or hold has been placed on the item.

Returning Library Materials

Law library books can be returned at any campus library at the University of Minnesota. However, we ask that reserve materials, law library ILL materials, and any other special materials borrowed from the law library be returned directly to the law library circulation desk. Any law library materials returned in the after hours book drop will be checked in the next day the library is open.

Any questions about returning library materials can be addressed to the Access Services Librarian: lawcirc@umn.edu or call 612-625-4300

Recalling Checked Out or "Racked" Library Materials

Books that are currently checked out can be recalled for use by another user. Patrons  affiliated with the University of Minnesota can complete a recall request through MNCAT Discovery.  When a book is recalled, a notice is sent to the person who currently has the book checked out. The notice indicates that the loan period for the book has been shortened and provides the new due date. When a recalled book is checked in at a campus library, a notice will automatically be sent to the person who recalled book that the item is now available for pick up. Failure to return a recalled book by its shortened due date may result in an overdue fine of $1.00 per day overdue.

Law library items that are on temporary reserve for the use of law organizations are termed "racked books." These books are checked out to law organizations and are located in a specific location related to the organization, such as their office or a designated shelving area in the library. These books can be recalled if needed by another user. However, if a user needs only a couple pages copied out of a racked book, he or she can ask the circulation desk staff to retrieve the racked book to make the copies and then the staff can quickly return the racked book to the organization.

For assistance finding a racked book, please ask the circulation desk. Racked books are often noted in the library catalog as checked out with the note: "Racked--Ask at Circ Desk."

Please direct questions about recalling library materials or the racked items to the Access Services Librarian: lawcirc@umn.edu or call 612-625-4300.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service


Can't find it at a library on campus?

Use this Online Request Form to borrow books, DVDs, or to get copies of articles, chapters from books and other items from other libraries.

Please Note:  In some cases it can take as long as a few days to several weeks for requested items to arrive.  You will receive an email message once the item arrives.

If you have any questions consult the ILL FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions About Interlibrary Loans or contact David Zopfi-Jordan at x-asap@umn.edu or 612-625-9534.