In addition to our conduct and acceptable use policies, the following policies are in force in the Law Library:
The library recognizes that students and faculty spend long hours in the library and require nourishment while studying. Therefore, the library allows some food and beverages in the building as follows:
- Covered beverages and small, contained snacks are permitted on floors 2-5, with the following exceptions: computer workstations, Special Collections, stacks areas (near books), and the 1st floor.
- Open plates of food, as well as messy, aromatic foods such as pizza and other takeout meals, are permitted ONLY in the Lounge on the third floor (available to everyone) and in the Law Student Lounge (available to law students only) on the fourth floor.
Individuals who consume these foods elsewhere will be reminded of the policy and asked to relocate.
- Food deliveries to the library are not allowed, except for catered events approved by Library Administration.
- Unattended food and beverages are subject to being disposed of by staff.
All areas should be as clean as, or cleaner than they were before study or use. Trash and recyclables are to be placed in the appropriate containers, and spills should be wiped up. Paper towels are available at the Circulation Desk.
Library users who refuse to comply with the Library Food and Drink Policy are considered in violation of the Library’s Acceptable Use policies.
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.
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. Reservations may be made at the Circulation Desk or online.
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.
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.