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Circulation & Access

For more information about any of the services described below, please contact Mark Burns or the Circulation Department at circ@law.syr.edu.

Access to the Law Library
You are welcome to use the Law Library outside of scheduled hours; however, Reference and Circulation services are not available when the library is closed. 

For security purposes, please access the Law Library via the loading dock on Floor 2 or through the Floor 5 door of E.I. White Hall during non-business hours. 

If you wish to borrow materials during non-business hours, please leave the title of the item, call number, and volume (if appropriate) together with your name, on the Circulation Desk. The Circulation Staff will check the material out to you.

Loan Policy
The normal Faculty loan periods for various Law Library items are listed in the chart below. We encourage you to use Westlaw, Lexis, Hein Online, and/or the Internet from your office. 

The library provides some photocopying services.  Articles available from Hein Online or a similar resource can be printed and delivered to your offices.  If you would like a copy of an article from our periodical collection, e-mail your request to circ@law.syr.edu.  We will deliver the article to you in a timely manner using our Faculty Courier Service.

Faculty Loan Periods for Law Library Items

Item Type

Loan Period

Books Academic Year
Reserve Books 1 Week
Audio/Video Tapes, CDs, DVDs 28 Days
Microforms 28 Days
Law Reviews & Journals 28 Days
Serials & Looseleafs 28 Days
Reference Books Do Not Circulate

Note:  Loan periods at Syracuse University Library and the Moon Library at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry may vary.

To Renew Items & To Check Your Account
To view your Library account information, go to the Classic Catalog My Account login page.  From the Classic Catalog Search pages, users can also click on the My Account tab across the top to reach the login page.  Once logged in, you will be able to renew items currently checked out to you.  If you require assistance, please contact our Circulation staff at 443-9560 or e-mail circ@law.syr.edu. We will be glad to renew your items for you. Some items may have renewal limits. If you require extensions beyond our limits, please contact your Liaison Librarian for other options.

We encourage you to return routed materials to the Circulation Desk as soon as possible to ensure that current issues are available to other Law Library users. Courtesy notices will be generated by the automated Circulation system should your routed items become overdue. We will evaluate the new routing service after a trial period. We welcome your ideas and suggestions.

Faculty Student Assistants
For your convenience, your Faculty Student Assistant (FSA) can charge out books to your account using their SUID card.  Please have your FSA obtain a "Permission Form" available at the Circulation desk.  Sign and return the form. Your faculty account number will be added to the FSA's SUID card.  Please bear in mind that you are responsible for items borrowed by your FSA.

As a courtesy, the Law Library e-mails overdue notices for items not returned by the due date.  If you discover an error in an overdue notice, please let us know as soon as possible.  Please note that failure to renew or return items in a timely manner may cause an automatic block of your borrowing privileges by the automated Circulation system. If this occurs, please contact Circulation at circ@law.syr.edu.

Circulating items may be recalled for use by another patron. The new due date for recalled items is indicated on the recall notice. If you fail to respond to a recall notice, the automated Circulation system may automatically block your borrowing privileges until the recalled item has been returned to the library.

Faculty Courier & Document Delivery Services
Please note: You can help us better serve you by letting us know if you have a deadline and by prioritizing multiple requests.

Books, Journals, and other circulating library materials
Circulation staff will deliver circulating law library materials to your office.  For scheduling information or to request a pick-up of library materials, please contact Circulation staff at 443-9560 or e-mail circ@law.syr.edu.

Document Delivery Services
Circulation staff will deliver articles or other documents printed from Hein Online or other databases.  Please contact a Reference Librarian at 443-9572 or reference@law.syr.edu if you need assistance with online databases or other research tasks.

Faculty Courier Service from/to Area Libraries
Several times per week, a library courier retrieves circulating materials and photocopies from SU, SUNY ESF, and SUNY Health Sciences Libraries, as well as other area libraries for College of Law faculty. The courier uses your SUID number to charge out circulating materials from SU and ESF Libraries. To request courier service, e-mail circ@law.syr.edu. Books and photocopies will be delivered directly to your office.

Book Returns to the Syracuse University Library system
The Law Library can return items to other Syracuse University Libraries on your behalf. Please attach a note to non-law returns indicating their destination, and hand them to a Circulation staff member.

The Law Library accepts books, audio-visual materials and other personal items for placement in our Reserves Room, which is now located in Room 330G. Please fill out a Reserve Form at the Circulation Desk. 

Note: Please contact our Circulation staff at circ@law.syr.edu or x9560 to discuss placing Syracuse University Library books on Law Library Reserves.

We prefer to accept periodical articles for Reserves only if they are unavailable on Westlaw, Lexis, or Hein Online. We encourage you to speak with Information Technology Services about how you can create a Backboard site or course web page that will provide your students with access to articles available in electronic format.   Reference Librarians are also available to provide short classroom instructional sessions regarding locating articles uisng Hein Oline or other databases.

At the end of each semester, you will receive a letter regarding Reserves. If you are teaching the same course in consecutive semesters, we will automatically maintain your Reserves unless you notify us otherwise. If you are not teaching the same course in consecutive semesters, your Reserves will be returned to you.

Faculty may request that the Law Library's copy of current materials be routed to them automatically. To request routing, please contact your Liaison Librarian. Materials that you request for routing will be automatically charged to your library account for the standard loan period of twenty-eight days and delivered to your College of Law mailbox. 

Most faculty post previous semesters' exams to their course websites.  If you have exams that cannot be digitized or if you have a special need to place exams on Reserves in hard copy, please contact the Circulation staff at 443-9560 at circ@law.syr.edu.