Louis L. Biro Law Library

Circulation Services

Circulation Desk

The Circulation Desk provides service and assistance to all patrons. Be sure to make the Circulation Desk your first stop in the library.

Loan Periods

Loan periods for the circulating collection are based on the type of material, the anticipated demand for item, and the number of copies available. Please contact the Circulation Desk if you have questions about the current loan periods and policies. The general categories and the loan periods:

  • General Circulation – 3 weeks
    Items in the Popular Reading collection on the 6th floor and most treatises and monographs on the 9th and 10th floors.
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  • Limited Circulation – 3 days and 24 hours
    Books and CDs in the Academic Success and Career Success collections on the 6th floor and Popular DVDs circulate for three days. Bound law journal volumes on the 8th floor circulate for three days, and individual law journal issues circulate for 24 hours.

  • Non-Circulating
    The following materials do not circulate: items marked DOES NOT CIRCULATE; volumes from multivolume sets, including codes, reporters, digests, and treatises; slip opinions and advance sheets; newsletters; loose-leaf materials; and microforms.

  • General Reserve – 3 hours
    The library’s general Reserve collection consists of materials in high demand by patrons, including hornbooks, some high-use study guides and treatises, a set of IICLEs, selected DVDs, and CD-ROMs. These materials circulate for a maximum of three hours to ensure that all patrons have access to them. Fines for overdue items from the Reserve collection are higher than for other overdue materials.

  • Course Reserve – 3 hours
    Course Reserve consists of books, DVDs, and other materials that have been selected by professors for their courses; the materials may contain required or suggested readings. Students can search for Course Reserve materials in the library catalog. Course Reserve materials circulate for three hours. Items owned by the library and professors’ personal copies of materials can be placed on Course Reserve. Faculty members interested in placing materials on Course Reserve should contact the Circulation Desk.

  • Renewals

    Patrons may renew library materials once per item, provided the items are not overdue and no other patron has placed a hold on them. The renewal is for the same period as the initial checkout, and it may be done online, in person, or by phone. Circulation staff will need the call number, author, title, and the borrower’s name to process a renewal. To renew online, visit the library catalog and enter your name and JMLS ID number. For most patrons, the ID number will be the first five digits on the back of your JMLS-issued ID card. Please call the Circulation Desk if you have trouble renewing online.

    Fines

    Library materials must be returned or renewed before their loan period ends. Failure to do so will result in fines as follows: three-hour materials at $1 per hour overdue; three-day materials at $2 per day overdue; three-week materials at $1 per day overdue. If library materials are lost or not returned, the patron will be charged the cost of replacing the lost material plus a non-refundable processing fee of $20 per item. Student and alumni fines will be billed through the law school’s accounts receivable department. Students must pay all library fines before they can register each semester and before they can graduate. All fines accrued by CBA members will be handled by the CBA. Borrowing privileges may be suspended until all fines and charges are cleared.

    Exams on Reserve

    The library maintains an online database of professors’ exams from prior semesters. Students can access Exams on Reserve via the library’s home page. Faculty interested in placing exams on reserve should contact Philip Johnson at pjohnso@jmls.edu or x551.

    Microfiche Retrieval

    Retrieval request forms received by 11 a.m., Monday through Friday, will be available by 2 p.m. that day. Requests received after 11 a.m. may not be available until the following day. Requests received over the weekend will be filled on Monday. Retrieved microfiche will be held for 2 days before being refiled. Download the Microfiche Request Form here.

    Print/Copy/Scan

    The library has four multifunction printer/copier/scanner units: one on the 6th floor and one each on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors. There are two additional units, including one for color printing/copying, just outside the library on the 6th floor. All units also serve as scanners. Copies and print-outs cost 15 cents per page for black-and-white or color, single or double sided. Students, faculty, alumni, and CBA members can log in to any machine by touching their JMLS-issued ID card to the card reader. CBA members and JMLS alumni with JMLS-issued ID cards can add value to their cards by visiting the security guard on the 2nd floor. Students may add value with security on the 2nd floor or use a credit card online at canonpay02.jmls.edu/ig/default.php. Please visit the security department if you have a problem with your ID card. Please do not leave books on the copiers.

    Security

    The library has a security system that causes a beeping sound to go off should a patron attempt to leave the premises with materials that have not been properly checked out. Occasionally, non-library devices and materials will trigger the alarm. If this should happen, please return to the Circulation Desk so that a staff member can determine the cause. The security system is a safeguard, and we regret any inconvenience it may cause.

    Study Carrels and Group Study Rooms

    Study carrels are located on the 8th and 9th floors and are available exclusively to John Marshall students and faculty on a first-come, first-served basis. Group study rooms are located on the 6th, 8th, 9th and 10th floors and are for the exclusive use of John Marshall students. John Marshall students can reserve a study room online at libcal.jmls.edu/booking/studyrooms. These rooms are for group study by two or more students. Each student is limited to reserving two hours per week. Faculty and staff should check with the Registrar’s Office to find meeting space elsewhere in the school.

    Telephones

    Telephones can be found on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors and in the stairwells on each of those floors. Security can be reached at x501 and x507, the Circulation Desk at x710, and the Reference Desk at x729.

     

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