Law students may access library resources during regular hours. Law students also have 24-hour access to the J. Reuben Clark Building with their campus ID card, and may enter the library after the outer building doors are locked at 10pm. ID card access is governed by the Law School Security Policy.
The J. Reuben Clark Law School Building (JRCB) is open to the general public during normal operating hours. The Law School provides after-hours access to law faculty, staff, and students as described by this policy. The University has installed a swipe card security system that is designed to restrict access for the general public after normal operating hours* and provide managed access to authorized individuals after-hours.
Normal Operating Hours
The normal operating hours of the JRCB are defined as:
Fall and Winter Semester
Monday through Saturday 5:55 am until 10:00 pm.*
Sunday 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 pm.
Spring and Summer Term
Monday through Saturday 5:55 am until 8:00 pm.*
Sunday 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 pm.
Holidays and other restrictions
Monday through Saturday 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Sunday 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Or as posted.
Access to the Law Library
* The Law Library is not open to the public beyond the JRCB normal operating hours. However, library patrons who enter the Law Library before the building closes may remain in the Law Library until library closing. After the JRCB building doors are locked, Law Library patrons who are not authorized for swipe card access to the building cannot re-enter the building or Law Library until the building next opens, even though the library may not yet have closed.
Management of After Hours Access
After-hours access is managed by the C-cure security system. Building access is defined by predetermined assigned roles. Faculty and staff typically have 24/7 access to virtually all areas of the building. Law students have access to the co-curricular offices, the student commons (211, 213, 215), vending machine area (224), and other open areas (excluding administrative areas) of the law school after hours. There is no access to the Library once the Library has closed. The third floor doors exiting the library to the law school are secured at 8:00 pm Monday through Friday and are closed on Saturday and Sunday. Exiting through these doors after closing hours is a violation of the security agreement and may result in fines.
To receive after hours privileges for the law building, law students must agree to the terms of the JRCB / HWHLL Security System Policies. New Faculty, Staff, and Students must present their BYU ID card to Dianne Davenport to be assigned the appropriate privilege.
Anyone found inside the building after the normal operating hours should be willing and able to provide his or her BYU ID card upon request or exit the building immediately. Any staff member who feels uncomfortable requesting such credentials from a person within the building is encouraged to contact University Police who can appropriately evaluate the situation. For Police verification purposes, the C-cure system can be used to verify that an individual is authorized to access the building after-hours.
Because full-time and part-time custodial staff members perform most of their labors after the outside doors have been locked and before the public is let in to the building in the morning, Law Students should be cooperative with requests to vacate areas during normal cleaning operations.
Failure to abide by this policy may lead to a loss of after-hours access as well as Law School and University disciplinary action.
(Policy Date: September 2016)
As a courtesy, the Law Library assigns study carrels to regularly admitted law students in good standing. First-year law students are randomly assigned carrels in the “1L area” at the beginning of the school year. Second- and third-year students are able to select their carrels based on a randomly-generated lottery order. All law students are expected to abide by the terms of the “Carrel Occupancy Agreement.” (pdf version), including the Carrel Use Policy. (Repeated failure to abide by the terms of the Agreement may result in the loss of carrel privileges. It may also result in the denial of carrel privileges in future years.)Each carrel has locking cabinets and file drawers and is provided with power and data outlets. Carrel problems should be reported online or to the Circulation Desk.
View the carrel features video:
There are 13 study rooms in the Law Library, designated exclusively for Law School use. The rooms may be reserved for two consecutive hours by
groups of two or more law students (due to COVID-19 restrictions, until further notice) a maximum of two law students. Study groups may sign up for only two 2-hour blocks in a given room each day. Groups must occupy a room within 15 minutes of their scheduled reservation, or lose their reservation for that hour. Unoccupied study rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis to any group of two or more law students. No food or drink is allowed in any study room.
For personal study, consider instead the Quiet Study Room on the second floor.
A Quiet Reading Room in the northeast corner of the main floor of the library is available for law student study during all hours the library is open. This room, which was specifically designed to create a place for quiet study, is restricted to law students and is accessible only with a law student ID card. The room will accommodate up to fifty students and includes a mix of soft seating as well as tables and carrels.
The Rex E. Lee Room (393 JRCB) has popular magazines and newspapers from several cities around the United States. There is a growing collection of popular novels in the room that law students may choose from to read and then return to the shelf. Many students donate their paperbacks to the collection when they have finished reading them.
The Rex E. Lee Room is a great place to take a break, relax, and socialize with friends and family members. There is a “kiddie” corner where children can read and play. In addition to the items stored in the Rex E. Lee Room, games and puzzles for all ages can be checked out at the Circulation Desk.
The Circulation Desk receives lost & found items from the J. Reuben Clark Building. These items are collected by the BYU Lost & Found Department once or twice a week. Be aware that it often takes a few days for items to be turned in. In addition, some “finders” of lost items take them directly to the campus lost & found.
Individuals who who have lost items in the JRCB are encouraged to check several times with the Circulation staff to see if the items have been turned in, and also with the BYU Lost & Found Department (1055 WSC, (801) 422-3024).
Locked Reserve: Locked reserve consists of course reserve, audio/visual reserve, software reserve, professor files, and hard-copy sample exams. All of these items are located behind the Circulation Desk and may only be borrowed for a limited time. Course reserve and professor files may be borrowed for 2 hours at a time. Audio/visual and software reserve items circulate for 24 hours.
Course Reserve: Course reserve consists of texts and supplementary materials for courses presently being taught. It is located behind the Circulation Desk. There is a binder at the Circulation Desk that lists the title and call number of all items in course reserve, indexed by course and professor name. Items in this collection may be checked out for 2 hours, and substantial fines will accrue for late returns.
Electronic Reserve: Electronic reserve consists of selected reading materials which are made available online in various formats. The Library maintains access to sample exams and the Perspectives on Law Collection. Reading lists for specific courses are most often available through individual class pages or through TWEN.
Reserve Library: The Reserve Library is located on the second floor, in room 280 JRCB (near Circulation). The Reserve Library consists of high-use monographs (texts, outlines, restatements, etc.), current legal newspapers, 3 week’s worth of popular reading newspapers, 1 year’s worth of popular reading magazines, bulletins from other law schools, unbound/current legal periodicals, along with most of the Utah Law Collection — including copies of the state code, and the codes for various Utah cities. The Biblical Law and Benson Collections are also located in the Reserve Library.
Reference librarians are available to help direct patrons to information that may answer their questions or aid in their research. Be advised that library policy prohibits reference librarians from doing research for patrons or answering specific legal questions; however, librarians can direct patrons to relevant sources and give instruction on their use. The full-time reference librarians are also responsible for teaching and conducting the legal research classes offered at the law school.
The Reference Desk is located on the main floor of the Library. The Reference Department is staffed by both full-time librarians and part-time student reference assistants. When school is in session, reference assistance is available Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. During the summer months, reference assistance is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Reference librarians are also available for additional assistance by appointment and may be contacted by telephone at (801) 422-6658.
Digital copies of past law school examinations supplied by faculty members are listed below. Access to these exams requires an authorized ID and password.
Your Professor isn’t listed?
Faculty participation in the sample exam bank is voluntary. Ask your professor to contact Laurie Urquiaga if he or she would like to contribute recent past exams to the collection.
The Law Library purchases a number of study aids to assist law student with exam preparation. Current editions of study aids are generally shelved in the Reserve Library and may be checked out for 2 hours (subject to the reserve circulation policy). Older editions are shelved in the main collection and can be checked out for the normal loan period. For specific titles, check the library catalog.
The T.C. Williams Legal Essay Contest Catalog is the Web’s largest collection of writing competitions for law students. Essay contests provide students with opportunities to display the exceptional legal research, analysis, and composition skills developed and honed in law school.
Law students with a current BYU Student ID may borrow materials from the library:
Law students may check out up to 50 items at one time. Items may be renewed either in person or by telephone at (801) 422-3593. Each item may be renewed up to two times if the item is not on hold. Once items are more than five days overdue the law student is blocked from checking out any more items until the matter has been cleared up.
All books are subject to hold and recall. A patron is guaranteed a minimum of two weeks use per book before a recall will be allowed. When a book is recalled, the borrowing patron will be notified via e-mail.
If any material is lost, the patron will be assessed the cost of replacing the item and a $15.00 processing fee. An item is considered lost if it is not returned within 28 days of the due date.
Loan Periods for Item Categories:
|General Collection Items||90 days|
|Audio cassettes, videos & software||24 hours|
|Course Reserve & Professor Files||2 hours|
|Non-circulating materials (e.g. Reference, Reserve)||None|
There is no grace period on overdue items.
Overdue Fines for Item Categories:
|General Collection Items||$1.00 per day per item / $20 maximum per item|
|Periodicals||$1.00 per day per item|
|Audio cassettes, videos & software||$1.00 per day per item|
|Course Reserve & Professor Files||$1.20 per first minute per item, then 10¢ per additional minute per item / $20 maximum per item|
Because of the teaching and research needs of an academic law library, much of the material must remain on site and does not circulate. The following types of materials cannot be checked out: administrative regulations, codes, dictionaries, digests, encyclopedias, materials in the second floor looseleaf collection, materials in the Reserve Room, microforms, periodicals, rare books, reference books, reporters, restatements, session laws, and Shepard’s citators.
Abuse of any of these policies or of the library personnel may result in the loss of library privileges. Any appeals of fines or other policies should be directed to the Circulation Librarian.
Because law students and faculty enjoy extended loan periods, the Law Library reserves the right to recall circulating materials when necessary. If an item is required for a class, it may be subject to immediate recall. A rush recall requires the borrowing patron to return the book within 24 hours of notification.
A regular recall may be placed on any item that has been out of the Library for more than two weeks. The first patron is then given 7 days from notification to return the item. Recalls DO change the original due date of the item. Recall notifications are made by telephone and/or email (both if possible). The Library considers notice to have been given on the date the message was emailed or left on an answering machine. Overdue fines for recalled materials are double the normal rate ($2/day up to $20.00). Library policy prohibits forgiving overdue recall fines.
Law students should be advised that many law faculty like to be informed about any research within the law school that might be related to their own interests. In circumstances where both parties agree, students desiring access to material borrowed by a law professor may be directed to consult directly with the professor instead of recalling the specific item. This is an entirely voluntary option, and the student retains the right to request a recall.
What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary Loan is a FREE service that the Law Library arranges through agreements with other libraries to provide access to materials that we may not have in our own collection for academic use.
ILL pulls materials first from the Law Library. If the material cannot be found here, then the search extends to the Lee Library and to other libraries after. It is rare for materials not to be available through this process.
How To Make A Request
- Sign in using your BYU NetID
- Click on “Book, Article, or Other”
- Fill in the required information
- Finally, click “Submit Request” at the bottom of the page
Still Have Questions?
Set up an appointment with Melanie, who is the Circulation Librarian and ILL Specialist; she will be able to help you navigate through the ILL process and help you obtain the materials you need.
Setting Up Your Account
To set up your account, go to illiad.lib.byu.edu/ILLiad/ and sign in using your net ID and password, and then fill out your account information.
You may also set up an appointment with Melanie and she will be able to assist you in creating your account.
In most cases we are able to obtain the items you need, but occasionally some items cannot be sent physically. The ILL specialist will work with you to reach a solution. There are many other specific items that can be scanned and obtained rather than entire publications, textbooks, or print including:
- Journal Articles
- Book Chapters
- Page Requests
- Materials Cited in Footnotes
- Print Publications
- Table of Contents
- CD’s, DVD’s, etc.
Melanie Coleman—Circulation Librarian and ILL Specialist
Feel free to set up an appointment with Melanie if you have any questions about ILL.
To recommend a book purchase, please email suggestions to Kory Staheli, Law Library Director: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the catalog indicates that an item the Library should have has not been checked out, but it is not on shelf, patrons can email Chelsea Frandsen. If the item is found, the patron will be notified by email. Missing books searches may take up to two weeks. Students may find the item quicker by checking the maroon “reshelving” shelves near where the item is usually shelved, by checking near the copy machines, and by checking on the study tables. After a student has verified that the item really is missing, it can be requested through ILL without penalty.
Faxing services are available for law students at the Circulation Desk for a minimal fee. Law students can both send and receive faxes. The Law Library fax number is (801) 422-0404. Students will be notified by email if a fax arrives for them.
|Sending (Cover pages are excluded; there is a one page minimum fee)|
|Local or toll-free||$.25/page|
|Receiving ( cover pages are included)||$.10/page|