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Law Library Policies

Law Library Policies

General Policies

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, and to provide a safe and secure space in which the collection may be used. We appreciate compliance with these rules:

  1. Please present a valid Hofstra University ID when entering the library. Anyone without a valid Hofstra University ID must stop at the security desk.
  2. The unavailability of Library materials is frustrating to all library users. Please either correctly reshelve books you have used or place them on the reshelving carts located throughout the Library. Your colleagues will appreciate it!
  3. If you need to refer back to library materials, please scan the materials you need or make a photocopy rather than hold the book.
  4. Please be aware of the different quiet and talking areas within the Library. Within the talking areas, please keep your voices at a low volume. Please step outside into the lobby or use the upstairs lounges for extended conversations.
  5. Cell phones may not be used in the Law Library. All patrons should turn off the ring feature on their phones so that the noise does not disturb other patrons. Conversations on these phones should be carried on outside the Law Library.
  6. If you are planning to use audio on any device, please use headphones.
  7. Please do not write in, underline or otherwise mutilate library materials.
  8. Limited food is permitted in the Library. You must remove any waste items when you leave the Library. Beverages may be brought into the Library. Please report any spills to the Circulation Desk.
  9. The Library does not page patrons nor take messages.
  10. Smoking and the use of all other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, is not permitted anywhere in the Library.
  11. Fire alarm drills are periodically performed. Everyone must leave the Library immediately when the fire alarm sounds.

Law Library Access Policy

Access to the Hofstra University Law Library is limited to:

  1. Hofstra University students, faculty (including emeritus faculty), administrators and staff.
  2. Attorneys and judges.
  3. Maurice A. Deane School of Law alumni. (Alumni from other divisions of Hofstra are not permitted.)
  4. Students from other law schools with a letter of introduction from their law school. Students will be issued a pass for the current semester unless a shorter time period is requested. Passes issued to these students will not be honored during exam periods.
  5. Non-attorneys employed by a law firm who submit a letter from their law firm requesting permission to use the library that day only. (The letter is to be submitted to the Circulation Desk Staff.)
  6. Students from other law schools attending summer classes at Hofstra Law.
  7. Students from other law schools taking bar review classes at Hofstra Law.
  8. Anyone who has a Law Library pass.
  9. Members of the public who request permission to use federal depository materials (no ID is required, but the patron must go to the Reference Desk). Public patrons who seek access to these materials during examination periods are referred to Axinn Library.
  10. There are area libraries open to the public should access not be allowed under the rules above.

Law Library Bar Study Access Policy

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 summer bar and winter bar access periods. Passed will not be valid earlier than the end of the Hofstra Law spring semester examinations for the summer bar, and no earlier than the end of the Hofstra Law fall semester examinations for the winter bar. The Pass is valid from the time of purchase to the day after the NY bar exam, for the bar period it was issued. 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.

Law Library ADA Policy

The Law Library is committed to providing access to Library services to all patrons.

Access and service accommodations for disabled 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 an ADA station located in the Library, next to the other public workstations on the main floor. It has JAWS, FSReader, Windows magnifying program, and an on-screen keyboard installed. The station also includes a document camera and attached 27” display for enlarging print materials for viewing.

Microform Readers/Printers
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.

Patrons unable to reach or use the Library’s photocopier 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.

Law Library Borrowing Policy

Open Stacks
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 video materials, including our popular film collection, are held on reserve. This material circulates for a period of three days unless the material is being held for course reserve. Course reserve audio and video materials can be checked out for 3 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.

Overdue Policy
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.

Outstanding Fines
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

  1. Books that circulate for 28 days: $.50 a day for 14 days. After that it is considered lost and assessed a $75 replacement fee and $25 processing fee.*
  2. Course Reserve DVDs, which circulate for three hours: $.25 an hour for 48 hours; then a $50 replacement fee and $25 processing fee.*
  3. Popular DVDs and Audio/Visual items, which circulate for three days: $1 a day fine for four days; then a $50 replacement cost and $25 processing fee.*
  4. General Reserve items, which circulate for three hours: $.25 an hour for 48 hours; then a $50 replacement fee and $25 processing fee.*

*All replacement and processing fees will be waived if the item is returned in a timely manner after assessment. However, the fine and a $5 service charge still must be paid.

Law Library Collection Development Policy

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).

Law Library Interlibrary Loan Policy

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.