Borrowing privileges by patron groups are consistent with Rutgers University Libraries policies.

General Rules

  • Circulating and Non-Circulating Materials. Materials in the Law Library may be circulating or non-circulating. Circulating materials may be checked out by patrons with borrowing privileges, as described below. Non-circulating materials may be used only within the Law Library. Non-circulating materials generally include (but are not limited to) multi-volume treatises, loose-leaf materials, books with pocket-part or pamphlet supplements, statutes, case reporters, digests, periodicals, and annuals.
  • Reserve Materials. Materials that have been designated as ‘Reserve’ materials may be checked out for use only inside the Law Library. Reserve materials are labeled “Reserve.” The Law Library reserves the right to change the designation of materials. When borrowing Reserve materials, all patrons must leave their Rutgers or other photo identification at the Circulation Desk. This identification will be returned when the checked-out Reserve materials are returned to the Circulation Desk.
  • Media Services. The Law Library has a collection of CD-ROMs, DVDs and other audio/visual materials, which may be borrowed for viewing or listening to in the Law Library. Arrangements to use or play such materials, such as borrowing headphones or equipment set-up, may be made at the Circulation Desk.
  • Overdue and Lost Materials. Patrons are responsible for keeping track of all materials borrowed and when those materials are due to be returned to the Law Library. Rutgers Law students and other Rutgers University-affiliated patrons may check the status of their accounts online via the Law Library’s catalog If a patron loses any borrowed Law Library materials, the patron will be invoiced and charged for the replacement cost of the materials plus a standard restocking fee (up to $102 per item).
  • Recall of Borrowed Materials. All circulating materials that have been borrowed are subject to recall at the Law Library’s discretion. Patrons will receive notice of any recall by email. Recalled books are due within five (5) business days from the date of the recall notice. Failure to return a recalled item by the date state in the recall notice will result in a per-item fine of $5.00 per day.
  • Government Documents. Federal and state documents are located in the designated Government Documents area (In Newark, on the 2nd Floor; in Camden, on the 4th Floor). In Camden, Government Documents are generally non-circulating. In Newark, duplicate copies of Government Documents may be checked out by the Government Documents librarian, in his/her sole discretion, for up to one month. When the Government Documents area is closed, materials may be returned to the 1st floor Circulation Desk.
  • Special Collections and Archives. Items in the Special Collections and Archives in Newark may be used only by advanced appointment with the Curator. Only notepads, pencils, and electronic devices will be allowed into the Special Collections Reading Room. Users may not bring in pens, bags, food, or drink. (Those items may be left in the Curator’s office, as needed.) Photocopying or scanning of materials may be allowed at the discretion of the Curator, taking into account the condition of each item and the online availability of the same material. Usage of Special Collections items in exhibits, or any other usage outside of the Special Collections area, must be approved in writing by the Curator or the Senior Associate Dean for Information Services.
  • Updating Patron Information. All patrons with borrowing privileges are responsible for updating their name, address, telephone, or personal email address in the Personal Details tab of their patron accounts.
  • No Transfer of Borrowing Privileges. Borrowing privileges are non-transferable. Borrowing privileges may be revoked or suspended for violations of Law Library policies.
  • Suspension of Borrowing Privileges. The Law Library reserves, in its sole discretion, the right to revoke, suspend, or modify the borrowing privileges granted to any individual.

Rutgers Students and Faculty

  • Borrowing Privileges and Loan Periods. Law students may borrow books for a full semester. See the Interlibrary Loan page for information about loan periods for E-ZBorrow, UBorrow, other ILL materials, and Article Delivery services.  All books are subject to recall and may be assigned a new due date, but you are guaranteed a minimum loan period of 14 days. Most Reserve and media items (DVDs, CDs, etc.) circulate to current law students for 24 hours for use in the library.
  • Communications with Students. Library notices are automatically sent to your official email address.  If you do not regularly read your email, set up a delivery email following the instructions below: Go to NetID Management & Service Activation and click on Manage Email Account, then enter a delivery email address where you want your library notices delivered.
  • Student Borrowing on Behalf of Faculty. A Law Student, employed by a Law faculty member as a research or teaching assistant, may borrow circulating or non-circulating material from the Law Library on the Law faculty-member’s behalf, subject to the following rules. Students must present a letter from the faculty member stating that the student is so employed and authorized to borrow for the faculty member. This letter must be dated and shall be valid only during the semester in which it is written. The faculty member’s name will be added to the student’s Law Library patron record.

Attorneys and Alumni

  • Borrowing Privileges. New Jersey attorneys may apply for borrowing privileges. Applicants must present identification and proof of New Jersey bar admission. A $25.00 fee is required to open an Attorney borrowing account. Payment may be tendered by cash or check only. Attorney borrowers may borrow:
    • Reserves: up to 5 items at a time, for in-library use. Borrowing time varies by item (from 2 hours to all-day use).
    • All other circulating materials: up to 25 items at a time, for 6 weeks. Items may not be renewed.
  • Revocation of Borrowing Privileges. Failure to return books on time may result in suspension or termination of attorney borrowing privileges. Borrowers will be billed for the replacement cost of any lost materials, plus related re-stocking fees.

Members of the Public

  • Borrowing Privileges. Members of the public may borrow only RESERVES items for in-library use. Borrowing time varies by item (2 hours to all day). Guests will be required to leave a photo ID at the Circulation Desk which will be returned to patrons when materials are returned.
  • The Law Library cannot provide research services or other kinds of borrowing privileges to the public.