In addition to our conduct and acceptable use policies, the following policies are in force in the Law Library:
All laptop/notebooks/tablets/smartphones should be muted. Please use headphones to listen to sound on your device. Earbuds are available at the Circulation Desk. Devices may NOT be connected or attached to any library computing or printing hardware.Students may configure laptops to access the Law School network. Contact the Help Desk for assistance.
Kiosks are available for public use at the Law Library and are intended to support legal research. Use of these computers is limited to legal or academic research, including the catalog and legal database searches, and related functions. Patrons should visit the Main Desk for login credentials. By logging in, users are bound to the policies stated in the University of Connecticut’s Acceptable Use Policy. Patrons with a demonstrated legal research need, requiring extended use of the library’s computers, may request extended time on the computer by speaking with a member of the Library staff.
Please silence your ringer. All cell phones and pagers must be operated in vibrating mode only.
If you must place or receive a call, please move to the foyer outside the main entrance of the Library.
Cell phones may NOT be plugged into or attached to any library computing or printing hardware, or into the campus network or into any telephone jack in the building.
The Library has designated zones to accommodate customer needs for silent study, group collaboration and campus events.
Green zone - 3rd & 4th floors - collaborative, quiet conversational noise.
Yellow zone - 2nd & 5th floors - quiet place for group and individual study. Minimal whispered conversation.
Red zone - 1st floor - silent individual study. No conversation or food. Quiet group work in study rooms.
Library staff may not give legal advice. If help is needed to resolve a legal problem, or interpret the law, you should consult a practicing attorney.
Legal advice includes:
Reading a statute, part of a case, or a legal definition from dictionary; helping the patron to understand a case or statute; telling what forms need to be filed in court; helping to fill out a form; helping with wording on a court document, and the like.
The reference librarian will refrain from helping with interpretation in any way of a case or statute. It is not advisable to read statutes and case materials over the phone, or to help a patron understand a legal concept or piece of procedure. It is just as improper to help a patron with filling out a form or determining court procedure.
In the course of legal reference services, librarians are asked a multitude of questions about the law. Most questions may be answered properly by directing the patron to sources of law, both primary and secondary. In other instances, the reference librarian may be called upon to explain in detail how to use a source, and how the source relates to other sources. It is acceptable in such circumstances to explain the types of annotations found in annotated primary sources, how various indexing schemes work, where headnotes come from and what they do; it is acceptable to read over the phone from a non-primary source, and to suggest that a patron might look under alternative topical headings, along with specific suggestions.
The primary role of the Reference Librarians at the University of Connecticut Law Library is to educate students and to assist faculty in research. They are specially trained to help locate information about the law.Legal information cannot always be found in just one place, and a great deal of research may be required to locate all sources.
The librarians will assist/instruct in the use of the indexes and law books in the collection as well as databases available to our patrons. Librarians will make an effort to provide comprehensive service to help facilitate research and study. Reference Librarians will help in finding and using resources but they cannot do homework, do the actual research, or give legal advice.
Guests and Other Users:
Assisting the students, faculty and staff of the University of Connecticut School of Law is the first priority of the Reference Section. Services to other patrons will be provided to the extent that staff, time and other resources permit. Public patrons are welcome to consult the Law Library's online catalog. Reference Librarians will help in finding and using resources but they cannot do homework, do the actual research, or give legal advice. If help is needed to resolve a legal problem, or interpret the law, you should consult a practicing attorney.
The Connecticut State Library on Capitol Avenue in Hartford is open to the general public and has a comprehensive law collection with a reference staff prepared to assist the public. Courthouse libraries are also open to the public.
Study rooms are available for use by law school students, faculty, and staff. Exceptions may be made for educational purposes on a case-by-case basis. To request an exception, please email email@example.com. For more information, please see the study room policy, where you can also make a reservation.
External Groups may not hold Donation Drives on campus. For a Donation Drive in the Library, there is a wooden box to serve as a collection container. Donation Drives may be held in the Library at the base of the stairs on the 3rd floor or inside the 4th floor student lounge.
Only one Donation Drive on campus may be held at a time. Donation Drives will not be conducted for more than fourteen (14) consecutive days. A Donation Drive Policy & Reservation Form should be completed for each Donation Drive conducted, and a point of contact must be identified. Completed forms shall be submitted at least two (2) weeks prior to the date of the proposed drive.
The Law School does not assume any responsibility for the security of donated items. All donated materials must be removed from campus at the conclusion of the Donation Drive.
Book trucks are located in every elevator lobby. Please place materials to be reshelved on these book trucks. Materials left on carrels, tables or in study rooms are routinely collected by library staff. If, in the course of the day, you wish to leave material at a table/carrel, simply leave a note stating that you plan to return. Any material remaining on library tables/carrels/study rooms at the end of the day will be reshelved.
The Law School and the UConn Law Library is not liable for the security of any items that are brought into the library. Items that are unclaimed are subject to the following policy guidelines:
- If the owner of a lost and found item satisfactorily proves ownership, the item(s) will be returned.
- Perishable items, including food and drink, will be discarded immediately.
- The following unclaimed items will be kept at the Circulation Desk for one (1) week. If an item is not claimed within one (1) week and after library staff have made a reasonable attempt to contact the owner, the item will either be discarded, donated, or made available for other patrons to take from a cart of free items, or added to the library collection.
- books or miscellaneous papers
- clothing, including jackets, scarves, and gloves. After one week the clothing will be discarded or donated.
- Phones, wallets, laptops, passports, driver’s licenses, keys, and unclaimed money will be held at the Circulation Desk until library closing when it will be turned into the Assistant Dean's Office, Chase 104. Any items turned over can be picked up between 11am – 5pm Monday – Friday.
Under Connecticut law, C.G.S.A. § 11-25, library circulation records may not be divulged except by court order. This means we cannot tell anyone who has a particular item checked out.
We will be glad to recall material from another patron if requested by a member of the University of Connecticut School of Law community, and these individuals also may request an Interlibrary Loan copy if our copy has been checked out.
The library does not keep historical circulation records.