Law Library Services & Information
For Users Unaffiliated with the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus*
*Includes MN attys., law firms, Hamline, St. Thomas & William Mitchell law students, other libraries and the general public.
You may direct your requests to the reference librarian on duty in the reference office by:
The Reference Office is open seven days a week during the academic year and Monday through Friday during intersessions and over the summer. Reference Office hours are available on our web page and by calling the Reference Office.
The Law Library's reference staff includes five librarians who are available to assist you with your research needs. Feel free to contact any of these librarians directly by telephone or email if you would like the assistance of a specific person.
Minnesota Attorneys, Hamline, St. Thomas and William Mitchell Law Students
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.
Law library books can be returned at any campus library at the University of Minnesota. However, we ask that reserve 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.
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: email@example.com). 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org). For additional assistance with recalling library materials or obtaining racked items contact the Access Services Librarian: email@example.com or call 612-625-4300.
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 Access Services Librarian at 612-625-1547 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you lose a law library item, please contact the Access Librarian at 612-625-1547 or email@example.com. 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 to cost of replacement. The replacement charge includes a processing fee which helps to offset that 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. Please direct all questions about law library charges to the Access Services Librarian at 612-625-1547 or firstname.lastname@example.org