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.
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There are 15 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. 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 tips on study groups (including best practices, study group activities, and study group technology tools), see the Student Groups for Law Students research guide.
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 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).
Graduating law students have access to Lexis through December 31, 2021. You must redeem your student rewards points by June 30, 2021. After July 9, 2021, when you sign on to Lexis you will see the Graduate Homepage where you can select a gift from Lexis (Law360, Intelligize, Lexis for Microsoft Office, Lexis+ Practice Guidance, or a LexisNexis e-book).
Graduating law students have access to Bloomberg Law for six months after graduation.
Westlaw provides access for six months after graduation for up to 60 hours per month. You must register for “Grad Elite” status by logging in at lawschool.tr.com and select “Grad Elite Status” from the drop-down menu by your name in the upper-right corner. Just like with summer access, you may NOT use Westlaw to do research for a client— only for personal learning.
The Law Library also has two computer terminals near the reference desk with public Westlaw access. They are available for use by anyone when the library is open to the public. Researchers must limit their sessions to 30 minutes when someone else is waiting.
Fastcase and Casemaker
All attorneys who have bar membership in the United States have free access to Fastcase or Casemaker. Check your bar association’s website for details.
Other Research Databases
BYU Law School alumni have access to two electronic databases through the Law Library: HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library and the LexisNexis Digital Library. Students lose access to all other databases on the August 31 following graduation. Alumni can access some databases like HeinOnline (all BYU Law content), Westlaw, and Cheetah by visiting the Law Library in person when it reopens to the public.
HeinOnline Alumni Access: Alumni can access HeinOnline’s extensive library of over 2,800 law journals. Use the HeinOnline Alumni Access link at the bottom of the Law Library’s home page under “Helpful Links” and log in with your NetID and password.
LexisNexis Digital Library Attorney Access: Alumni and members of the Utah Bar can sign up for an account to checkout e-book versions of legal treatises and volumes of the Utah Code Annotated. For more information and a complete list of titles, go to https://lawlibrary.byu.edu/information/digital-library-attorney-access/.
Carrels are available for graduates for bar study. Students who graduate in December are able to continue using the carrel they are currently assigned. Students who graduate in April will need to vacate their current carrel and pick a carrel for the summer via the carrel pick website. Further instructions regarding carrel picks will be sent to graduates prior to graduation.
Security and building access to the J. Reuben Clark Building remain the same until August 15 of the year you graduate. Graduating students have 24/7 access to the building and the quiet reading room in the library during library hours until August 15.
Graduates are always welcome to contact the reference desk or the law librarians with research questions! Contact information is available at https://lawlibrary.byu.edu/information/ask-a-librarian/.
Law Library Checkout Privileges and Document Delivery
Full checkout privileges last through the end of the August following graduation. Afterward, graduates can sign up for a Community User account. Open the Community User Agreement.
In addition, we can provide scans of pages from non-circulating materials and email them to you. Send the title, author, and page range, along with a link to the book in our library catalog, to Melanie Coleman. Please allow 24 hours for turnaround. Requests are not processed over the weekend. Requests received after 3 p.m. on Friday are processed the following Monday. Requests that violate copyright law will not be processed.
Harold B. Lee (Main Campus) Library Privileges
Access to books and databases provided by the Harold B. Lee Library ends the August 31 following graduation. You can get circulation privileges by becoming a “friend of the library” for a $50 donation. For larger donations you can get remote access to some databases. For more information, see https://lib.byu.edu/services/friends-of-the-library/.
The Utah State Bar has authorized a limited number of recordings on CD and DVD for self-study CLE credit. Utah attorneys can check out these materials from the Law Library for free for a short time. For more information and a list of available recordings, see https://lawlibrary.byu.edu/information/self-study-cle-materials-for-2020/.
BYU Email Addresses
Graduating law students have access to their @law.byu.edu email addresses for one full year following graduation (until May 1 of the next year). Law School IT will contact alumni approximately one month before accounts expire to give you a chance to move your emails to another account.
In addition, BYU alumni have access to a permanent @byu.net email address that can be forwarded to the email service provider of your choice. For information go to https://alumni.byu.edu/email-forwarding.
Software (Microsoft Office, Zoom, Box, Eduroam, etc.)
Graduating students have access to BYU software for 30 days following graduation. For more information go to https://law.byu.edu/departments/it-services/laptop-initiative/software-and-services-for-students/ or email the Help Desk.
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. 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 and reference assistants are available to help direct patrons to information and resources that may answer their questions or aid in their research. Be advised that library policy prohibits reference librarians and reference assistants from doing research for patrons or answering specific legal questions; however, they 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, and reference services are also offered virtually. Reference services are provided by both full-time librarians and part-time law student reference assistants. For reference hours, see here. For methods to contact the reference employees, see here.
Reference librarians are also available for additional assistance, like research consultations, by appointment and may be contacted by telephone at (801) 422-6658 or by email at email@example.com.
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.
Additionally, check out this research guide on Study Aids for Law Students, which gives more details about the different types of study aids and how to access some of them electronically.
The AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank for Writing Competitions is the internet’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 Access Services 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 Access Services Librarian; 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 Access Services Librarian 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—Access Services Librarian
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 Law Library should have has not been checked out, but it is not on the 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.
BYU Law Co-Op Printers
BYU Law provides Co-Op printers for BYU Law students. To learn more about the cost, how to install it and use it, see the BYU Law page on Co-Op printing.
The Co-Op printers are located as follows:
- 1st floor (Basement): by the entrance of the 1st floor in the basement
- 2nd floor (Commons): in the BYU Law School student commons (not in the law library)
- 2nd floor (Reference): near the north entrance of room 275
- 3rd floor (Bathroom): near the bathrooms on the 3rd floor
- 3rd floor (Reference): near the Rex E. Lee room on the 3rd floor
You can also print to a Co-Op printer from any computer, even if it does not have the Co-Op drivers installed on it. See steps below:
- 1. Click here (or type “BYU Co-Op printing” in Google and click on the first site that comes up, and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “EveryonePrint”).
- 2. Enter your net ID and password.
- 3. Under “Upload Document To Print,” select the file(s) you want to print.
- 4. Click “Next.”
- 5. Select desired printer.
- 6. Click “Next.”
Lexis printers are available for BYU Law students to use to print for free from Lexis’s website. Lexis printers are available near the entrance of the basement on the 1st floor, behind the reference desk on the 2nd floor (the ground floor), and on the 3rd floor near the Rex E. Lee room. There is also a Lexis printer outside the law library in the BYU Law Student Commons.
BYU Pharos Color Printer
There is a color printer in the law school for student and community use. This printer is a BYU Pharos printer (named BYU Public Color), and it works like the other BYU Pharos printers across campus. It is on the third floor of the law library near the Rex E. Lee room. There is actually a BYU Public Color printer and a BYU Public B&W printer there. There is also a BYU Public B&W printer (but not a color printer) in the following additional location: on the second floor (the ground floor) of the law library by the reference desk.
To print in color from your computer at the law school, you must download the BYU Pharos Printer drive.
- Go to software.byu.edu.
- If prompted, enter your BYU net ID and password.
- Under the “Vendors” heading, click the “Pharos” link.
- Click the “Download Now” button that corresponds with your computer’s operating system.
- Click the plus sign button that corresponds with your computer’s operating system.
- Click “Continue” to download the program.
- Once the printer drive is downloaded to your computer, the BYU Public Color printer will be available in your print dialogue box when selecting a printer. (The BYU Public B&W printer will also be available.)
To print to the BYU Public Color printer (or the BYU Public B&W printer):
- From the File menu of your document, select Print.
- From the drop-down menu on the Print dialogue box, select BYU Public Color to print all the pages in your document on a color printer, or select BYU Public B&W to print all the pages in your document on a black and white printer. Click “Ok.”
- A window will pop up asking your net ID and a name for the print job; enter that information and click “Print.” Your print job is then sent to a print queue that you can access from any printing release station on campus.
- To print in color at the law school, go to the third floor of the law library near the Rex E. Lee room. There is actually a BYU Public Color printer and a BYU Public B&W printer there.
- Swipe your BYU ID card at the printing release station, and follow the instructions on the screen in order to select and print your job.
- These two BYU public printers, and the cost associated with printing to them, are in no way affiliated or connected with the BYU Law Co-Op printing.
- When you download the BYU Pharos Printer drive, you will be downloading both the BYU Public Color printer and the BYU Public B&W printer.
- The cost of one sheet from the color printer, regardless of whether it actually has color on it, is $0.15.
- The cost of one sheet from the black and white printer is $0.07.
- The BYU Public Color printer and the BYU Public B&W printer share a screen at the printing release station on the third floor of the law library. This screen is used to swipe your BYU ID card and select the job(s) to print. However, the BYU Public Color printer and the BYU Public B&W printer are two separate printers. Because there is no way to select between the two printers from the printing release station, your document will print from the printer you selected on your computer. The cost for that document will depend on the printer you chose from your computer, not on whether it has color. (For example, if you print a black and white document on the BYU Public Color printer, you will be charged $0.15 per page. There are no refunds for mistakes.)
- Double-sided printing is considered the same as printing two pages and is charged accordingly.
- When you swipe your BYU ID at the printing release station and subsequently select a job to print, the cost is automatically deducted from the money on your BYU ID card. You can add money to your BYU ID card through Cougar Cash.
Faxing services are available for law students at the Circulation Desk for a minimal fee. Law students can both send and receive faxes. The Law Library fax number is (801) 422-0404. Students will be notified by email if a fax arrives for them.
|Sending (Cover pages are excluded; there is a one page minimum fee)|
|Local or toll-free||$.25/page|
|Receiving ( cover pages are included)||$.10/page|
As an alternative to photocopiers, the Law Library provides document scanners, which allow the option of saving a document as a PDF and/or printing the scanned material to paper.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using the equipment is liable for any infringement.
Please note that scanning all or even a substantial portion of a book in order to avoid purchasing a copy is not a Fair Use (see § 107(4)).
Scanned PDFs may be saved to USB flash drives, uploaded to cloud-based systems like your own Google Drive, Box, or Dropbox account, emailed using web-based accounts such as Yahoo or Gmail, or sent to a BYU Pharos printer. For information on how to use the BYU Pharos printer, see Printing for BYU Law Students or Printing for the Public.
The Law Library currently has:
- one KIC Bookeye open-face scanner;
- five flatbed book scanners (1 near the first-floor entrance in the basement, 2 near the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor, 1 in the Reserve Library, and 1 on the 3rd floor near the Rex E. Lee room); and
- two multi-page feed scanners (1 near the Pharos printer on the 2nd floor and another on the 3rd floor near the Rex E. Lee room).
Employees at the Circulation and Reference Desks are trained and ready to assist anyone who needs help with scanning.
Copies of documents on microform can be made as digital scans on the public computer in the Microform area (first floor). Patrons may email those scans on that computer to themselves or send them to one of the Pharos printers to print.