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CONTACT INFORMATION

Schmid Law Library is located in McCollum Hall, home of the University of Nebraska College of Law, on the UNL East Campus. The Circulation Desk can be reached at 402-472-3547. General directions are here and a Google map of our location is here.

Schmid Law Library Maps:

Schmid Law Library First Floor:

Schmid Law Library first floor

Schmid Law Library Second Floor:

Schmid Law Library second floor

Schmid Law Library Lower Level:
Schmid Law Library Lower level

General Circulation

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 (reporters, statutes, journals, etc.). Materials may be used in the law library or photocopied for use elsewhere. Several photocopy machines are located throughout the building.

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 that the materials they need are available and checked out to the appropriate person.

For all materials checked out from any library on campus, you (the borrower) are responsible for returning items on time, paying any overdue fees or paying the replacement cost of any materials lost. The law library staff will assist you in obtaining and renewing items from other branch libraries on campus or other libraries outside of the University of Nebraska. However, 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 wishing to conduct legal research. 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
An IRIS library card or a UNL ID (ID) is required to borrow materials; ID cards are issued to UNL faculty, staff and students.  Community Users 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 that 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.

RECALL REQUESTS
You may request a recall of some library materials currently checked out, and items checked out to you may be subject to recall. If you receive a recall notice, please return the item by the date indicated on the notice.

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

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General Policies

 We strive to maintain a comfortable atmosphere for all library patrons to conduct their research and to 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 keep your headphones on your computers turned down so the sound doesn't bother those around you.
  • 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 not allowed within the Library. Please turn off cell phone ringers before entering the Library. If cell phone use is necessary, please take your call outside of the Library or use the telephone room located in the back of the library on the 1st floor. 

Food and Drink

  • Snack food is allowed in the Library; meals are not. Please us the lounge on the basement level for meal breaks. Use common sense when you do eat 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. There is a change machine on the basement level.
  • Printers. The Library maintains the printers in the computer labs. Please promptly report any printer problems to the circulation desk. The circulation desk also maintains a supply of paper for the lab printers. The Library does not maintain the Lexis and Westlaw printers. Please contact Lexis and Westlaw student assistants for help with those machines.
  • Study Rooms. The Library has ten study rooms throughout the library that 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. Citators, loose-leaf services, index table books, and reference works should be used in the area where they are shelved.
  • The law library will assess a fee for damage to books such as highlighting, water, 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 also result in the suspension of library privileges.

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Study Room Usage

These rules apply to all law library study rooms except the Rankin Room, the Governors Room and the Presidents Room (all of which may only be 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 available on a daily basis; 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.

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Photocopiers & Copy Cards

Photocopies may be made at the law library for $.10 per copy; photocopy machines accept bills, coins or law library copy cards. Copy cards may be purchased for $1 from the copy card dispenser located in the first floor copy room. Reinsert the card into the copy card dispenser to add value; value may be added as needed in paper denominations of $1, $5, $10 or $20. Please write your name on your card; a permanent marker is available at the circulation desk for this purpose. See the circulation supervisor to purchase a copy card by check or through an interdepartmental charge; she is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Copy cards purchased in the law library may only be used at the Schmid Law Library; copy cards purchased at other UNL libraries are not compatible with the copiers in the law library. The law library does not have and cannot make change, nor can we provide cash for a check, so please come prepared.

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Interlibrary Loan

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, this Interlibrary Loan request form must be filled out as completely as possible and emailed to lawlibraryill@unl.edu. If you have any questions concerning the form, please contact Kris Lauber, Interlibrary Loan Supervisor, at 402-472-8304.

Please 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 through Interlibrary 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. Interlibrary Loan materials are placed on our hold shelf, located at the circulation desk, for pick up.

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

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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:

As of July 1, 2013 the fees for this service will be: 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).

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Library Hours:

Summer 2014 Hours

June 8 - August 16
Sunday          12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mon-Thurs     7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday               7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday           9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Independence Day, July 4  CLOSED

August 17 - 23
Sun August 17            CLOSED
Mon-Thurs       7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday               7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday           9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Aug 24         11:00 AM - 12:30 AM

Contact Us:
Circulation Desk:  (402) 472-3547
Reference Desk:    (402) 472-3548