The Law Library is open to anyone having a need to use the collection. Materials from the collection may be checked out by any student, faculty person or member of the general public, within the limitations placed on that particular item and pursuant to Law Library procedures.
The doors to the library are never locked. Law students may remain in the library after the circulation desk closes even though the law building is closed. When the building is locked, law students use their Vandal Card to enter the building. Card key locks are installed in the northeast and west entrances.
The law building has an automatic push-button door at the Northeast and Northwest entrances. The NE entrance has an elevator with access to all floors.
The library has seating on the main floor and the second floor for library patrons. Study tables are available for use by all library patrons and cannot be reserved.
Carrels are located on the ground floor and second floor of the library. Reserved seating is allowed at carrels for registered students of the College of Law. Carrels are the property of the College of Law and are assigned to law students by the Student Bar Association. Carrels are for the personal use of the person(s) assigned to the carrel and should not be used by other students, patrons, or visitors without the carrel owner’s permission. Read Carrel Policies (PDF).
Beepers, Pagers & Cell Phones
Please be considerate of others who are using the library. Library users with cell phones are asked to leave the library before they use their phones.
No registration is required to use the library collection on-site. Library users wishing to check out books, tapes and videos must have a library card. University of Idaho faculty, staff and students use their Vandal Card as their library card. Idaho residents may apply for guest library cards at the Circulation/Reserve Desk. Students, faculty and staff who are registered at an Orbis Cascade Alliance Library may use their home institution library card. Applicants must have picture identification.
Guest cards are available to Idaho residents. Guests may borrow materials but do not have access to UI-licensed electronic resources or other UI library-specific services. Idaho residents younger than 18 years of age may gain borrowing privileges as subordinates to a parent's card. The parent must accompany the child to get a parent-child card. The child will have guest privileges. Persons lacking borrowers cards are welcome to use the UI Library for educational or research purposes.
Loan policies differ for each patron group. Contact the UI Law Library Circulation Desk for more information.
Generally, cardholders can borrow an unlimited number of items. Loan periods vary depending on patron status and type of materials borrowed.
For books, loan periods and fines are as follows:
|Status||Loan Periods||Renewals||Special Notes||Fines|
|6 weeks||1 renewal||After a two-week loan period, books can be recalled for use by others.||$.30/day up to $10.50; $50 lost fee, $20 processing fee|
|Graduate Students||120 days||Renewal upon request||After a two-week loan period, books can be recalled for use by others.||$.30/day up to $10.50; $50 lost fee, $20 processing fee|
|Faculty||120 days||Renewal upon request||After a two-week loan period, books can be recalled for use by others.||No fines; lost & processing fees assessed|
Reserve materials have short check-out periods because they are in high demand. Most materials have a three-hour check-out period. Reserve materials include course materials, nutshells, course outlines, hornbooks, study aids, Idaho and Washington practice materials, and some legal directories.
For Reserve items, loan periods are as follows:
|Status||Item||Loan Periods||Renewals||Special Notes||Fines|
|Books||3 hours||1 renewal||Books can be recalled for use by others after 3-hour checkout||$2/hour up to $20; $50 lost fee, $20 processing fee|
|Audio Cd’s, DVD’s||24 hours||1 renewal||Items can be recalled for use by others after 24-hour checkout||$2/hour up to $20; $50 lost fee, $20processing fee|
|Law Faculty||Books, DVD’s||2 weeks||Renewal upon request||Items can be recalled for use by others after 24-hour checkout.||No fines; lost & processing fees assessed|
Call Numbers by Subject
The law library has developed a research guide, “Locating Materials by Call Number (PDF).”
Reference librarians are on duty from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday during the academic session.
Reference librarians provide reference service, instruction in the use of library resources for groups and individuals. The reference librarians are also available to faculty and students for research consultations by appointment.
Law students are allowed to use Rooms 217, 218, and 219 for studying and conferences. Any law student can use these rooms, but an individual may be asked to leave if a study group has reserved the room.
These rooms may also be scheduled for Career Services interviews, and although every effort will be made to accommodate study groups, interviews take precedence over groups for use of the rooms.
Study groups may reserve the use of Rooms 217-219 using the College of Law Calendar.
There are two computer labs in the Library, one upstairs near Room 215 and one downstairs near the student lounge. Users must be associated with the University of Idaho and have the appropriate university-issued credentials.
There are two printers in the Law Library for student use. Paper and toner for the printer are located behind the circulation desk. Students use their paper quota included with their registration. To purchase more paper, visit the ITS support Web site. For instructions on connecting your laptop to the printers, visit the Law IT webpage.
The Law Library has a photocopy machine located in the circulation lobby. A photocopy card can be purchased at the circulation desk for multiple copies.
There is a microfiche reader on the Law Library's ground floor. Microfiche copies can be saved to a flash drive, available at the library circulation desk.
Lost & Found
The lost and found is located at the Circulation Desk. Items are sent to the university lost and found as space is needed and at the end of every semester.
There are two phones for campus and local calls. One is in the student lounge on the first floor. The other is in the hall adjacent to Room 103, next to the pay phone. Library phones are not available for student or patron use.
Current Idaho Materials
The library houses multiple copies of the Idaho Code, The Idaho Administrative Code (IDAPA), Idaho Reports, the Idaho Digest, and many Idaho State Bar CLE’s. Some early Idaho materials are in the rare book collection in the Reference Office. The library also holds superseded editions of the Idaho Code. The library holds some Idaho Legislative History materials.
Idaho Brief Bank
The library houses briefs and transcripts from the Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho Court of Appeals from 1912-2009. This collection is kept in secure storage and is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Briefs may be used within the library only and may not be stored at carrels. Records and briefs after 2009 are available online at Digital Initiatives.
The Clagett Collection consists of materials collected by Fred and Dorothy Clagett to support their research on the life and times of William H. Clagett, the president of Idaho's Constitutional Convention in 1889. The Clagett Collection contains many unique books on Western history and is available for researchers 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The collection is in-library use only.