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General Policies

General Law Library Policies

See also Access Policies and Circulation and Overdue Policies


Because of the reference nature of the Law Library, it is imperative that ALL LIBRARY MATERIALS be reshelved by the person using them.

General Use Carrels and Tables

All carrels and tables will be completely cleared at the end of each day. Library materials will be removed for reshelving. Any personal belongings will be held in Lost & Found at the Circulation Desk for a limited time.

Cellular Telephones

Cellular telephones may not be used when in the Library Reading Room or the Wood Hall study areas. Please turn off cell phone ringers before entering those areas.

Food and Beverages

Beverages are permitted in the library and in the Wood Hall study areas (but not in the Wood Hall computer labs). Snack food that is not sticky, messy, smelly, noisy or wet can be brought into the library for consumption. Meals (including pizza) must be consumed outside the library. Food garbage should not go into the waste cans that are in the library; it smells and attracts insects and mice. Pack up and deposit your food related trash in the waste cans in the Wood Hall lobby area. Please clean up after yourself.

Quiet Policy

The Law Library is for serious research and study. Patrons are expected to maintain a quiet atmosphere by refraining from loud conversation in all areas of the library and in the open study areas of Wood Hall. Persons disturbing other patrons will be asked to take their conversations to a group study room or the Wood Hall lounge area or to leave the library entirely.

The library encourages quiet conversation and collaborative academic work in the seating areas behind the reference desk. Students should refrain from loud or disruptive conversations or other noisy behaviors in that area. Group study rooms are available for students who need to study together, conduct extended conversations, or view media presentations.

Library users are expected to first ask any person disturbing them to refrain from the loud behavior. If the behavior doesn’t stop, the incident should be reported to the Circulation or Reference Desk staff. Continued complaints may result in an Honor Code violation or a call to Campus Safety.


Pet are not allowed in either the Law Library or Wood Hall study areas (including study rooms).

Use of Library Computers

The five computers located behind the reference desk are primarily for research use. Fastcase is available on one computer, Shepards Citators and other library databases are available on the four other workstations. Please limit your use to 30 minutes on the Fastcase terminal if others are waiting for access. The use of these workstations by members of the General Public is limited to those performing legal research and should be limited to two hours per day. There is a $.10/page printing fee. All print jobs may be retrieved from the Circulation Desk.

Access to Law School Network and Lab Computers

The Law School Computing Services Department is responsible for the school’s network and lab computers. Students, faculty, staff, Law School alumni, members of a state bar and students from other law schools with reciprocity may connect a laptop to our network and/or have access to our computer labs. Read the Network Access Policy for details. Contact a staff member in Computing Services (offices located in the Computer Lab and upstairs in Wood Hall) with questions or to set up a new account.

Group Study Rooms

Nine Group Study Rooms (three are designated as video/dvd viewing rooms) in Wood Hall are available to law students who need a short term study area for two or more persons. Daily sign-up sheets are posted outside each room. Reservations for groups must be limited to three hours or less per group per day. Use of these rooms is strictly limited to law students. Pets are not allowed in the Study Rooms.


Photocopy machines are available in the Copy Center. The charge is seven (7) cents per copy when a copy card is used; ten (10) cents per copy if cash is used. The copiers accept coins, one, two and five dollar bills and copy cards. Change for larger bills is available at the Circulation Desk. Reusable copy cards may be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $8.00 ($1.00 card fee and 100 prepaid copies). Students may not charge photocopying, except costs billed to a law firm through Attorney Services, a faculty member, or student groups. Account numbers are available at the Circulation Desk for charging to these accounts.

Microfiche and Microfilm Copying

There are two machines that copy microforms for a cost of 10 cents/page.  One microform reader allows for scanning and digitizing images.

Repairs or Equipment Problems

Do not attempt to solve equipment problems. If a photocopier or microform copier has a paper jam, needs paper or ink or if any other equipment has any problem, please report it to the Circulation Desk immediately.

Library Instruction and Tours

The Reference staff provides Library tours and instruction to support the Lewis & Clark Law School and the Lewis & Clark College curriculum. The Library is not available to any other educational institution or program for instructional purposes. Any instruction or tour of the Library directed by anyone other than a Library staff member must be authorized by either the Director of the Library, or one of the Assistant Directors. Non-authorized groups will be asked to leave.


Smoking is prohibited in all Law School buildings.

Newspapers and Magazines

Newspapers and magazines may not be removed from the Law Library. Because newspapers and magazines are in high demand, please return them to the newspaper rack area when you are finished.

Lost & Found

The Law Library maintains a Lost & Found section at the Circulation Desk. Items are kept in Lost & Found for a limited time and will be disposed of at the discretion of the Circulation staff.