Library Policies

GENERAL CIRCULATION POLICIES

Circulation policies vary for items and by patron category; please contact the circulation supervisor or a law librarian if you have any questions regarding materials you wish to check out. The majority of the law library’s collection does not circulate; plan to use materials in the law library or photocopy them for use elsewhere. Photocopy machines are located throughout the library.

BORROWER’S RESPONSIBILITIES

Circulating materials must be checked out before leaving the library. Borrowers are responsible for items checked out in their name. If your library card has been lost or stolen, please notify the circulation supervisor at the law library. A card may only be used by the person it is issued to. Attorneys should call prior to sending runners to the law library to pick up materials to ensure the materials they need are available.

Borrowers are responsible for returning items on time, paying overdue fees, or paying the replacement cost of lost materials. The law library staff can assist you in obtaining and renewing items from other branch libraries on campus, or other libraries outside of the University of Nebraska. We cannot absorb the cost of fees incurred when items are returned late or lost.

PUBLIC ACCESS COMPUTER

One computer, located on the first floor near the circulation desk, is available for members of the general public; this computer is intended for legal research. Users must follow the usage guidelines posted and abide by all University of Nebraska Computer Use policies. Printing from this computer is not available.

LIBRARY CARDS

A UNL library card or UNL ID (ID) is required to borrow materials; ID cards are issued to UNL faculty, staff and students. Community Users should see “UNL Libraries Circulation Policies” for more details.

RENEWING LAW MATERIALS

Materials may be renewed in person or by telephone (402-472-3547). Please remain at the circulation desk or stay on the telephone line until the circulation desk attendant verifies all items have been renewed. Note: some items may not be renewed (Reserve items, special check outs, etc.). Please return all law library materials as soon as you have finished using them.

CONFIDENTIALITY

The Marvin and Virginia Schmid Law Library upholds the principles set forth in the American Library Association statement of Professional Ethics stating circulation records will remain confidential. Contact the Schmid Law Library Director if you have any questions regarding this policy.

LIBRARY USE

We strive to maintain a comfortable atmosphere for all library patrons to conduct research and study. We ask you to help us by observing the following library use guidelines:

Noise
  • Be courteous and respectful of other library patrons. Keep conversations quiet and computer headphones turned down to avoid disturbing other patrons.
  • Quiet is expected at all times and in all areas of the law library especially in the M. Brian Schmid Reading Room and the Great Plains Tax Library.
  • Cell phone use is only permitted in the telephone booths near the circulation desk or in the study rooms. Please turn off cell phone ringers before entering the Library.
Food and Drink
  • Snack food is allowed in the Library; use the lounge on the basement level for meal breaks. Use common sense when eating in the library: do not turn pages with greasy fingers or leave crumbs in materials. Please throw away trash in an appropriate receptacle.
  • Please use covered cups or spill proof mugs for drinks.
  • Use of tobacco products is prohibited in any University of Nebraska-Lincoln building.
Library Materials and Equipment Usage
  • Photocopiers. The Library does not make change for photocopiers or telephones.
  • Printers. The Library maintains law student printers in room 135. Please promptly report any printer problems including toner issues and paper needs to the circulation desk. The Library does not maintain the Lexis printers; report Lexis printer issues to the Lexis student rep.
  • Study Rooms. Twelve study rooms are available for law student use only. Rooms are kept locked and keys must be checked out at the Circulation Desk.
  • Books and other materials must be checked out before removal from the Library.
  • Library users are responsible for all fines and replacement costs for overdue, missing or lost books.
  • Please reshelve library materials.
  • The law library will assess a fee for damage to books such as highlighting, water, or pet damage.
  • It is a violation of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law Honor Code to “Intentionally… remove or withhold law library materials from the library without authorization, [or] to secret such materials in the library or elsewhere, or destroy or mutilate such materials.” Section 1.020(3)(B).
  • Repeated flagrant abuse of Library policies may result in the suspension of library privileges.

STUDY ROOM USAGE

These rules apply to all law library study rooms except the Rankin Room, the Governors Room and the Presidents Room (reserved through the Dean’s Office).

  • Study rooms are available to University of Nebraska Law students only.
  • Study room use is limited to 4 hours per student per day. Students may use that time alone, in groups or any combination thereof.
  • Rooms may be reserved at the circulation desk.
  • Study room sign up sheets are posted daily; reservations are available on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Room reservations will not be taken over the telephone.
  • The person using the room must make reservations; friends may not reserve rooms for others.
  • All study rooms are locked; students must check out keys from the circulation desk attendant to access the room.
  • All keys must be returned to the circulation desk upon completion of the allocated time. The person checking out the key is responsible for it until the key is returned and properly checked in.
  • Rooms not claimed/occupied for more than 10 minutes will be made available to others.
  • If the room is not reserved following your allotted time, you may continue studying in the room until another student requests it. You must vacate the room after your allotted time if requested to do so.
  • For security reasons windows must be left uncovered.
  • Furniture is not to be removed from OR brought into a study room. Do not move tables.
  • Personal items should not be left unattended. Items left unattended for 10 minutes or longer will be removed and placed in the Dean’s Office Lost and Found.
  • The Law Library is not responsible for any personal property.
  • The Law Library Staff reserves the right to enter any room at any time.
  • Cell phones may be used in the study rooms.
  • The study rooms are NOT sound proof; loud conversations can be heard in the library. Please monitor your conversations accordingly.

VIOLATIONS OF THESE POLICIES MAY RESULT IN THE LOSS OF STUDY ROOM PRIVILEGES.

PHOTOCOPIERS & COPICARDS

Photocopies may be made at the law library for $.10 per copy; photocopy machines accept bills or coins. The law library does not have and cannot make change.

INTERLIBRARY LOAN & DOCUMENT DELIVERY

Interlibrary Loan obtains materials currently unavailable in the law library. The Marvin and Virginia Schmid Law Library’s Interlibrary Loan Service is primarily intended for use by law faculty, staff and students.

To request materials, fill out the Interlibrary Loan request form If you have any questions concerning the form, please contact Kris Lauber, Interlibrary Loan Supervisor, at 402-472-8304.

Allow plenty of time for your Interlibrary Loan materials to arrive. Photocopies can often be obtained within 10 working days, as can books borrowed from other libraries in Nebraska. Materials requested from out of state libraries may take two weeks or longer. Not all materials are available through Interlibrary Loan, and the law library cannot guarantee that all requests will be filled. Certain types of materials are rarely available for loan: audio visual materials, computer files, loose-leaf volumes, very recent publications, genealogical materials, bound and unbound periodicals and rare or valuable materials.

Materials obtained through Interlibrary Loan are the patron’s responsibility from the time they are checked out at the Schmid Law Library to their return to the law library. It is also the patron’s responsibility to abide by any circulation policies or restrictions placed by the loaning library. If an item is needed past the due date, check with the Interlibrary Loan Supervisor about a renewal BEFORE the item is due. Renewals are often possible, but only if the request is made before the item is due.

Many libraries charge for providing materials; indicate the amount you are willing to pay to obtain the item on the Interlibrary Loan request form. You may indicate you do not wish to pay anything. When the materials arrive, you will be notified by email and arrangements can be made for the pickup of the item. Pick up Interlibrary Loan materials at the circulation desk.

For questions regarding Interlibrary Loan, contact Kris Lauber: 402-472-8304 or klauber@unl.edu.

Document Delivery/Photocopy Requests:

For a fee, Document Delivery provides photocopies of library materials upon request. Applicable United States copyright law (see 17 U.S.C.; http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17) is followed in the duplication of any law library materials.

Use of this service is governed by the following rules:

  1. A correct citation must be provided; research help is unavailable, and vague or very general requests cannot be filled.
  2. There is a limit of 40 citations per order.
  3. Entire issues of journals will not be photocopied.
  4. Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law and Pacer searches are not available.
  5. The Schmid Law Library reserves the right to refuse to photocopy any materials.

Photocopies may be picked up at the law library, delivered by email, faxed or sent by U.S. mail.

The cost for the service: flat rate of $10.00 per citation up to 50 pages; additional $5.00 for 51 pages and over. Invoices will accompany requested material.

To use this service, contact the Schmid Law Library Circulation Desk at 402-472-3547. Requests are taken Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding holidays and special hours).