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Law Library Orientation: Library Policies

This guide will introduce you to the FAMU Law Library and its services & policies.


Beverages in spill-proof containers are allowed in the Law Library.


Examples of approved containers


Examples of unapproved containers


Food is NOT permitted in the Law Library.  Students are allowed to eat in other areas of the Law School, but NOT the Law Library.

Circulation Policies

Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges are available to the following groups:

  • Faculty, students and staff at FAMU College of Law with an ID card
  • Members of the Orange County Bar Association may borrow CLE materials                                   

Circulating Materials

The loan period for circulating materials is three weeks. Items may be renewed in person or by phone.  The following materials do not circulate: reference (located on the first floor), law reviews and journals, reporters, statutes, digests, looseleaf materials, and serials.

Reserve Materials

The loan period for reserve books and materials is two hours. A valid ID card must be presented to the circulation staff to check out any material from the Law Library. Promptly returning reserve materials is extremely important so that other students may have access to the materials. Reserve materials may NOT leave the library.

Course Reserves

Faculty may place specific books on reserve for individual courses. Please check your syllabus or with your professor to determine if the material is on “Reserve” or “Course Reserve”. Check out and renewals for “Course Reserve” materials may be limited. Reserve materials may NOT leave the library.

Renewing Books

There are several ways to renew books from the Law Library:

  • Patrons may renew books in person by bringing the items to the Circulation Desk to have them checked in and checked back out to them
  • Patrons may also renew their books by calling the Law Library at (407) 254-3263 and providing barcodes for individual books
  • Reserve materials can only be renewed in person

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Requests

FAMU Law students and faculty may borrow resources not available at FAMU Law Library through Interlibrary Loan. This service allows users to borrow circulating sources from other libraries throughout the nation via OCLC. Interlibrary loan requests may be submitted at the circulation desk. Requestors will be notified by email when the item(s) is/are available.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Students who need assistance in retrieving or copying materials, access to the second floor of the library, or other services should ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk.

General Law Library Policies

The Law Library's policies were created to provide FAMU College of Law faculty, staff, and students with a quiet and pleasant study environment. The policies were designed to preserve the collection, equipment, and Law Library furnishings for all library users.

 Reshelving Materials

 Books are to be placed on book carts for reshelving after use.  Book carts are located at various exit doors throughout the Law Library.

Noise Level

The Law Library encourages quiet conversation and collaborative academic work; however, students and patrons should refrain from loud or disruptive conversations or other noisy behavior. Be considerate of other patrons. Group study rooms are available for students who need to study together, conduct extended conversations, or view media presentations.

Cell Phones

 Library users are to set cell phones to non-audible signals while in the Law Library.  Cell phone conversations are not permitted inside the Law Library.


Smoking is prohibited in the Law School building.

Children and Minors

Patrons who bring children or minors into the Law Library are responsible for their actions. Monitoring their activities and regulating their behavior is vital to keeping the Law Library in order and noise to a minimum.


Pets are not allowed in the Law Library.

Repairs or Equipment Problems

Please 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.

Public Access Computers

Six public access computers, located on the first floor, are available in the Law Library for access to FAMU's databases. Use of these computers is limited to legal research.