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A Welcome to the Library: Circulation Policy

A basic orientation to services in the Jenner Law Library

The Law Library

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Law Library
504 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Reference Desk : (217) 244-0614

Circulation Policies

Loan Periods

Most treatises and other monographs may circulate. Faculty, law, and other graduate students may check out circulating material for 16 weeks. Undergraduate students and courtesy card holders may check out circulating material for four weeks. You may view your borrowing account from any public terminal to see what books you have charged out, what books are overdue, what books you have requested, and how much you owe for fines. For current circulation policies, see the University Library Circulation Policies.



You may renew items online up to ten times unless another patron needs the item.


Lost Books

With the exceptions of recalled and reserve books, you will be billed a $10 non-refundable processing fee if an overdue book reaches lost status; a book's status changes to lost 34 days after the due date. A replacement bill for a minimum of $125 per item is also issued at 40 days. Periodicals are billed at a minimum of $300 per volume. The Library may assess a higher replacement cost in special instances.  The replacement amount will be credited if the overdue item is returned in good condition. The $10 processing fee will not be refunded.



A recall notice informs you that the loan period for an item has been shortened and that the material must be returned by a certain date. Renewals are not permitted. Failure to return a recalled item by the recall due date will result in a $5 daily fine and a block on your borrowing privileges.


Reserve Books

The Library's reserve materials are located behind the circulation desk, and are made up of items that law faculty reserve for one semester for class use.

To check out a reserve book, go to the circulation desk and present your University i-card.

Fines for overdue reserve books are $5 per hour.

Most reserve material is charged out for five hours. If you want to continue using an item at the end of the five hours, return the item to the circulation desk to have it discharged and recharged. Reserve items cannot be renewed.

The Practical Skills Collection contains a collection of current hornbooks, nutshells, study aids, and legal skills books. The books are shelved in call number order, and marked with an orange dot.  Our most recent unbound journals are arranged alphabetically along the walls near the Practical Skills Collection. The material may be used in the library without checking it out. Practical Skills Books may only be checked out by law students, and only for three days.


Search Requests

If you cannot find a book in the stacks, consult the online catalog or the student circulation assistant to determine whether the item is charged to another patron. Illinois law prohibits library staff from revealing the names of individuals who have checked out library material. We can, however, place a request on a title that is checked out to another borrower. If the book is not charged out, you can request that it be searched by filling out a search card. You should check on the result of the search after two working days.


Returning Library Materials

Borrowers may return most UIUC and I-Share library books to any public service point in the library system regardless of where the item was originally charged out. Media items and Reserve items may have further restrictions, marked on the item.  Because library materials are discharged from the borrower's account at the location to which they are returned and prior to being shipped back to the owning library, borrowers are not held responsible for items that are lost in shipping. Library materials can also be returned to the book drop on the southwest corner of the main library. The Law Library also has drop boxes located on the first and second floor of the Law building for returns.  Please do not return overdue or reserve items to these drop boxes, as they are usually checked only once per week, and this may cause higher fines to your account.  Return receipts are available upon request at any circulation desk.

Library materials cannot be returned through campus mail. Please return WorldCat or ILLiad interlibrary loan materials directly to the Central Circulation Desk located on the second floor of the Main Library.


Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

These services are administered through the University Library. For information about requesting books or photocopies through Interlibrary Loan, please see the ILL/DD Department's policies and information page. Note that Library staff cannot request books through ILL for faculty; ILL is self-service and uses NetID logins.