Facility Use Policies

Food and Drink

Please do not eat or smoke in the Library. People with food will be asked to leave. There are lounge and cafeteria areas elsewhere in the law school for eating, but smoking is prohibited throughout the Law Building.

Beverages are allowed; covered containers are preferred.

Cell Phone Usage

The use of cell phones in the Library is prohibited.

Lost and Found

Check the lost and found at the circulation desk for personal items lost in the Library.

The Library is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please do not leave computers or other valuable items unattended. Library staff will not supervise your belongings under any circumstances.

Library Seating and Carrels

Individuals may not reserve library tables and materials. Tables in the current journals area may be reserved for one-time or ongoing use by College of Law journal organizations only. For more information, please contact Stephanie Davidson.

Library materials left overnight on tables may be removed and reshelved; we do not honor "Save" or "Do Not Disturb" requests.

Law students, faculty, and other patrons using the collection will be accommodated ahead of patrons not using law materials.


The University Library maintains four public photocopy machines on the Law Library main floor. Two are located near the west wall, one is near the east staircase, and one is in the reserve room immediately west of the circulation desk. External personnel fill and service the machines; please report any problems to library circulation staff who will call the vendor for assistance.

Copies cost 15 cents per page cash; the machines accept nickels, dimes, and quarters. The machines can produce both regular (8 1/2 x 11") and legal size (8 1/2 x 14") copies. Users of copy cards will pay less than 10 cents per page.

A photocopy card dispenser is located just inside the library entrance to the left.

You will find a one-dollar and five-dollar bill changer and vending machines in the commons at the east end of the main floor of the law building just past the cafeteria on the left.


U.S. Supreme Court records and briefs, Illinois General Assembly debates, back issues of legal newspapers, federal documents, and foreign publications are just some of the materials available on microform. Lists by cabinet/drawer number and by title are on top of the cabinets in the microforms room on the lower level.

One microform reader-scanner is located in the microforms room. Files should be saved to a usb memory stick – patrons must provide their own, as the library does not loan these. In the event that a memory stick is not available, files can be saved to the desktop and emailed, provided that the file is not too large. For assistance with the microforms machine, please see a reference librarian.

We have also developed a short instructional guide to the microforms machine.