Circulation Policies: Materials and Access

Materials

The primary mission of this library is to serve as a research library for the students of this law school, the faculty members of this university and members of the local bar association. Therefore, the majority of the books in the library do not circulate. The types of books and their circulation status are as follows.

The following types of materials are non-circulating: Multi-volume sets; Loose-leaf volume(s); Bound Periodicals ; and Unbound Periodicals.

Inhouse Reserve materials are: Unbound Periodicals, Media Materials such as Audio, Video, CD-Roms, Computer Disc's (excluding those media materials which are on temporary reserve), Looseleaf, Multi volume Continuations and Multi Volumes sets, and Reference. All Inhouse Reserve materials are for library use only. They may be checked out for a two-hour period.

Overnight Reserve materials would circulate to law students only. They may be checked out one hour prior to the library's closing and are due back the next day within one hour of the library's opening. Overnight Reserve materials include: temporary reserve materials (including those media materials which are on temporary reserve) and reserve treatises (excluding Looseleaf, Multi Volume Continuations and Multi volumes sets).

Patron Blocks

A Patron Block is when patrons are automatically blocked from checking out library materials. A Patron Block occurs when the patrons ID has expired, the amount of money owed exceeds the limit, the number of materials checked out exceeds the limit, the number of overdues exceeds the limit, or the patron has failed to respond to library notices, such overdue notices or recall notices.

Recalls

Books checked out past the normal due date, whether overdue or renewed, are subject to recall.  A patron who desires to have an item recalled should complete a 'Recall Slip.' They can be obtained at the Circulation Desk. They should be filled out in full including: the date, the name of the patron, the patron's phone number, the patron's address, and the author, title, and call number of the recalled volume.  The Circulation Assistant will contact the patron who has the material checked out. It takes about two weeks (or more in some cases) to get patrons to return material that has been recalled. When the material is returned the requesting patron will be contacted. The requested material will be held at the Circulation Desk.

Access

Listed below are the access and circulation policies in brief for various members of the community.  For more information, please contact Mark Kloempken, Public Services Librarian at 935-7124 or kloempkm@wulaw.wustl.edu.

Community Hours Open Check out?
Law School Community All Scheduled Hours Yes
Washington Univ.
Non-Law Faculty & Staff
All Scheduled Hours Yes
Washington Univ.
Non-Law Graduate Students
All Scheduled Hours Yes
Washington Univ.
Non-Law Medical Students
All Scheduled Hours Yes
Washington Univ.
Undergrad Students
8:30 am to 6:00 pm,
Monday - Friday
Yes
St. Louis University Law Students All Scheduled Hours Yes,
via Mobius
Law Library Association Members All Scheduled Hours Yes
Elliot Society Members All Scheduled Hours Yes
Washington Univ. Courtesy Card Holders 8:30 am to 6:00 pm No