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Library Services & Information

For University of Minnesota Law School Alumni


Reference Services


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Visit us during Reference Office hours or contact us by phone: 612-625-4309 or Email.

We're open seven days a week during the academic year, and Monday - Friday over winter intersession and summer.

Borrowing Privileges


Licensed Minnesota attorneys enjoy special borrowing privileges from the Law Library. Regular collection items circulate to special borrowers for six weeks, unless otherwise marked. These privileges extend only to the collections at the Law Library. Other University of Minnesota Libraries extend borrowing privileges through the University Libraries' Friends of the Libraries program. Members of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association may become a Friend of the Library for a discounted fee.

Licensed Minnesota attorneys may apply for Law Library borrowing privileges by submitting a completed application in person at the Circulation Desk or by faxing the completed form with a copy of your attorney license to the Law Library at 612-625-3478.  The Borrowing Privileges Application Form is available at http://library.law.umn.edu/Borrowing-Priv-Form-UMLL.pdf.

For more information regarding special borrowing privileges, please contact the Access Services Librarian: lawcirc@umn.edu or call 612-625-4300.

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.

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

Recalling Library Materials & "Racked" Items


Books that are currently checked out may be recalled for use by another user. To recall checked out items contact the Law Library Circulation Desk (phone: 612-625-4300, email: lawcirc@umn.edu). 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 the new due date. Failure to return a recalled book by its shortened due date may result in an overdue fine. When a recalled book is returned, a notice will be sent to the person who recalled the book that the item is available for pick up.

Books, journals and other materials that are temporarily checked out to one of the law school’s journals (typically for cite checking purposes) are termed “racked.” The racked status is indicated in the MNCAT Discovery catalog availability display with the note: “Carrel Check at Circ Desk.” For assistance in finding and recalling a “racked” item contact the Circulation Desk (phone: 612-625-4300, email: lawcirc@umn.edu). For additional assistance with recalling library materials or obtaining racked items contact the Access Services Librarian: lawcirc@umn.edu or call 612-625-4300.

Alumni Copy & Retrieval Services


Retrieval Service

The Law Library provides a retrieval service for all University of Minnesota Law School alumni. We will pull requested items from our collection and place them on our hold shelf at the Circulation Desk free of charge. This service is a retrieval service only; the items are not sent to you. If you would like materials sent to you, please place your requests through Interlibrary Loan.

To search for items in our collection, visit our online catalog.

To request an item through our retrieval service, please call 612-625-9534 or email x-asap@umn.edu.

Copy & Delivery Services

Please Note: University Libraries' InfoNOW service is no longer accepting new clients and will cease operations completely on December 30, 2016.  More information, including a list of other document delivery suppliers, is available at: z.umn.edu/infonowclosure. If you have any questions, staff can be reached at 612-626-3940 or infonow@umn.edu.

Interlibrary Loan

The University of Minnesota Law Library cannot place interlibrary loan requests for alumni. If you would like to borrow materials through interlibrary loan, please consult the interlibrary loan office at a library with which you are currently affiliated, such as a firm, court, or local public library.

Book Purchase Recommendations & Donations


Library Purchase Requests 
If you would like to recommend materials for the Law Library to acquire and add to the collection, contact Connie Lenz, Associate Director for Collection Development at 625-4301 or lenzx009@umn.edu.


If you wish to donate materials to the Law Library please contact Connie Lenz, Associate Director for Collection Development at 625-4301 or lenzx009@umn.edu.