The goal of the library administration and staff is to make the collection as freely available to all patrons as is consistent with proper and equitable use. Compliance with the following rules will be appreciated by all library users:
Access to the Hofstra University Law Library is limited to:
Non-Hofstra Law graduates who are taking a bar review course at Hofstra Law in preparation for a summer or winter bar exam must purchase passes for bar study access.
Passes are available at the Circulation Desk, and individuals must present their bar review course ID and proof of identity at the time of purchase. Bar Study Passes are not transferable, and the Library reserves the right to limit the number of passes it makes available for sale.
Each Bar Study Pass is $50 and provides access from the time of purchase (no earlier than the end of the Hofstra Law spring semester exam period for the summer bar, and no earlier than the end of the Hofstra Law fall semester exam period for the winter bar). Payment can be in cash or by check made payable to “Hofstra University.”
The pass entitles the individual to use the facilities of the Hofstra Law Library with the exception of use of the study rooms. No borrowing privileges are granted or included in the pass.
The pass does not allow 24/7 access to the Library; it is only good for when the Library is open and the Circulation Desk is staffed. View the Library’s hours.
Bar study access for non-Hofstra Law School graduates is a courtesy extended by the Library. Holders of the Bar Study Passes are subject to all Library and University policies, and passes may be revoked upon any violations.
The Law Library is committed to providing access to Library services to all patrons.
All patron areas of the Library are open and accessible to all patrons. Access to the lower levels for disabled persons may be obtained by speaking with a reference librarian or a circulation assistant. Library personnel will escort the patron on a Law School elevator to the lower level(s). Before leaving the patron to continue their research, Library personnel will show the patron the location of a Law Library phone. Should the patron need additional assistance, or should they need to return to the main level of the Library, they may use this phone to contact the Reference Desk or the Circulation Desk.
Patrons requiring assistance for book retrieval from unreachable shelves should contact a reference librarian or a circulation assistant.
There is one ADA station located in the Library, next to the other public workstations on the first floor. It has a scanner attached and has DragonNaturallySpeaking installed.
The Library’s microform readers are capable of adjusted text size for visually impaired patrons. Any patron needing such text enhancement should contact a reference librarian or a circulation assistant, who will then retrieve and install the necessary microform lens.
Disabled patrons unable to reach or use the Library’s photocopiers may (1) bring their materials to the circulation desk to be photocopied for them or (2) check out the items and take them to the Law School Copy Center for copying. The patron will be given a time for completion and pickup at the time of request; the jobs may not be completed immediately, depending on traffic and already pending requests. The patron will be charged only for the copies; no service charges shall apply.
Most single-volume works circulate for a period of 28 days. Due to the nature of the Law Library’s collection, many materials do not circulate outside the Law Library. Among the materials that do not circulate are: primary materials (i.e., statutes, codes, reporters, government documents), periodicals, microforms, material from the loose-leaf section, general reference material, finding aids, and individual volumes from multivolume sets (works comprising two or more volumes).
Audio and Visual Materials
Audio and visual materials are held on reserve. This material circulates for a period of three days. However, class videos, audio cassettes and DVDs circulate for a period of only three hours.
Reserve Material (other than A/V above)
Items held on Reserve must be used in the Law Library. This material circulates for a period of three hours. Reserve items may be renewed once for the same amount of time as the original loan period. However, they may not go out overnight.
Office of Career Services Material
Office of Career Services (OCS) titles are available for use by current law school students only. Students accessing OCS material may either use them in the OCS office or check them out directly from OCS. As is standard, a current law school ID is required to check out material from the Library.
Items checked out for 28 days may be renewed once for an additional 28 days and are subject to recall. Items can be renewed by phone (Circulation Desk at 516-463-5989), in person or online at http://libweb.hofstra.edu/patroninfo. Overdue items may not be renewed.
If a borrowed item is requested by another patron, it may, at the librarian’s discretion, be recalled after 14 days of the initial 28 day loan period or at anytime during the 28 day renewal loan period. If an item is recalled, the original borrower will be notified by email or phone, and is expected to return the item to the Law Library within three days.
If an item borrowed for 28 days is not returned by its due date, a reminder notice will be sent to the borrower’s Hofstra email account that day. The borrower will be given a three-day grace period to return the item before a fine begins to accrue. This notice is a courtesy. Whether or not the notice is received, the patron is liable for returning the item when due. If the material is not returned within two weeks of the due date, the material will be deemed as lost. The borrower will then, in addition to the fine, be assessed the average replacement cost of the item and a $25 processing fee. If the item is subsequently returned prior to being replaced, the borrower will only be assessed a $5 service fee and the overdue fine.
Reserve material will be deemed lost if not returned within 48 hours of the due date, and the borrower will be assessed the average replacement cost of the item and a $25 processing fee. This applies to all reserve materials. If the item is subsequently returned prior to being replaced, the borrower will only be assessed a $5 service fee and the overdue fine.
Borrowing privileges may be revoked once a patron has accumulated at least $25 in fines. Unpaid fines could result in the student being blocked from registration, graduation, etc.
Fines for Overdue and Recalled Items
The Law Library is dedicated to providing the resources required by the Hofstra Law community to support and promote exceptional learning, teaching, scholarship and legal practice. Our collection development policy outlines the ways in which we strive to meet these goals through the careful selection and provision of library materials. View the Collection Development Policy (PDF).
The Law Library provides interlibrary loan service for Hofstra Law faculty and students. Materials needed for research not owned by Hofstra Law Library or Axinn Library can often be borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary loan. The Law Library does not obtain leisure reading materials on Interlibrary loan, nor does it obtain casebooks or other texts required for classes. As a participant in the OCLC online interlibrary loan network, the Law Library has access to the resources of hundreds of law and non-law libraries nationwide. Obtaining materials through interlibrary loan takes an average of 7-15 working days. Ask a reference librarian for assistance if you cannot locate the material you desire in the Law Library. To make an interlibrary loan request online, please use the ILLiad system.
The Law Library is requesting material on behalf of the student. The student is responsible for any fines or fees that are a result of overdue or lost/damaged materials.