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Circulation Policy

A. Persons Who May Check Out Books From the Law Library:

  1. Law Faculty (including adjuncts and visitors) may check out any materials they wish excepting items from the Rare Book Room.  Items from the Reference Collection may be checked out, but for three days only.
  2. Visiting/Adjunct Law faculty have the same circulation privileges as full-time law faculty for a period beginning two months prior to the month in which the semester begins.  The visiting or adjunct professor's circulation privileges end the last day of the semester in which the course is taught.  Visiting and adjunct professors who regularly teach at least one semester per year are eligible for ongoing circulation privilges.
  3. Law Students (including LLM students) may check out materials for time periods determined by the type of material (see Section B).  Circulation privileges are suspended for fines greater than $5.00.
  4. Research assistants may check out materials to a professor's account if the professor has completed a Proxy Designation Form.
  5. Law School staff may check out materials for time periods determined by the type of material (see Section B).
  6. Non-law faculty, students, and staff may check out materials for time periods determined by the type of material (see Section B).  The patron will be required to show his/her UGA ID card, and complete a Patron Information Form.  For non-law students, circulation privileges are suspended if any fines are due.
  7. Attorneys who are members of the Georgia Bar, as well as any Law School alumnus/a, may check out materials for time periods determined by the type of material (see Section B).  Attorneys must complete the Attorney Information Form, and show their Bar card.  Circulation privileges are suspended if any fines are due.
  8. Dependents and Partners of UGA faculty, staff and students may have the same circulation privileges of a UGA undergraduate.  The dependent/partner must have a UGA ID card indicating this status.  The faculty/staff/student member shall be responsible for all materials taken out by, and fines incurred by, his/her dependent/partner.  

B.  Circulation Periods for Specified Material Formats:

Excepting law faculty:

  1. Monographic materials circulate for four weeks, renewable for no more than three additional four week periods, and accrue fines at the rate of $0.25/day.
  2. Media materials (DVDs, video tapes) circulate for three days, and may be renewed for one additional three day period, and accrue fines at the rate of $1.00/day.
  3. Serials and primary legal materials may circulate for one day only, and may not be renewed, and accrue fines at the rate of $5.00/day.
  4. Reserve materials circulate for two hours.  If taken out within two hours of closing time, they are due the next morning, one hour after the library opens.  Fines normally accrue at the rate of $1.00/hour; during the designated exam period fines are assessed at the rate of $5.00 for the first hour, and $10.00 for every hour thereafter.
  5. Law students may check out serials and reserve items over breaks.  These materials may be checked out two hours before the library closes and are due at 9:00 a.m. the day classes begin for the next semester.
  6. Exceptions to assigned circulation periods can be made only by full time Circulation staff or, when Circulation staff are not on duty, by professional library staff.  Criteria for granting an exception should include demonstrated need for keeping material beyond the usual period, the number of copies of the material owned by the library, and the anticipated demand for the item.  Any exception must be reflected in the Circulation database; in the case of dispute, the due date in the database determines the date material should be returned.

C. Types of Books That May Not Be Checked Out of the Law Library:

  1. Current looseleafs may not be checked out, except by law faculty.
  2. Rare books must be used at the table in the Reserve area.  They are not circulated under any circumstances.
  3. Ready Reference materials may not be checked out.  Reference material may circulate to law faculty only, for a period of three days.
  4. Fragile, rare, or valuabe items.

 

Last revised:  November 2011