Visitors are welcome to the Law Library for research and study during regular weekday (Monday-Friday) operating hours. Because the Law building locks at 6pm, please arrive before 6pm for evening access. Stop by the Circulation desk to sign in when you arrive. All patrons are expected to abide by our library use policy.
During exam periods, we are open to Law students only. If you have a time-sensitive research need during exams, call or email Cathy Palombi, Access Services Librarian (434-924-3519; email@example.com) to make special arrangements.
Visitor parking is very limited at the Law School.
The Law School offers several accessible entrances. The first-floor Library entrance is not handicap accessible, but the staff is willing to assist. Likewise, if a patron needs help with retrieving or photocopying materials, the Circulation and Reference staff are happy to assist. Please call or email Cathy Palombi, Access Services Librarian (434-924-3519; firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Virginia residents (16 years of age and older), alumni, and registered researchers can check out books using their Virginia driver's license or other photo ID. (A Law Library borrower account will also work at any other UVA Library.)
Check out times vary by type of item and type of user. Consult the chart below for general rules.
|Item Type||Faculty||Graduate Students & Staff||Undergrads||All Others|
|Books||Unlimited||Due at the end of the Spring semester, limit of 500||30 days, limit of 500||30 days, limit of 25|
|Bound Journals||Unlimited||Due at the end of the Spring semester||30 days||30 days|
|Audio Books||30 days||30 days||30 days||30 days|
|Microfilm & Microfiche||Unlimited||Due at the end of the Spring semester||30 days||30 days, limit of 25|
|Videos/DVDs||7 days, limit of 5||7 days, limit of 2||7 days, limit of 2||N/A|
Most items can be renewed if not recalled (requested) by another patron. You can request a renewal:
Student fines will be referred to the University Student Financial Services for collection as part of the university's centralized billing system. All fines incurred by non-students must be paid at Alderman Library. Ask about fine forgiveness at the Circulation desk.
|Item Type||Late Fine||Item Max|
|Books||$0.10 per day||$5|
|Periodicals||$1 per day||$20|
|Music and Videos||$1 per day||$20|
|Recalled Items||$1 per day||$20|
|Reserves||$1 per hour||$20|
The Law Library can provide research guidance, but we cannot interpret the law or provide legal advice. We cannot, for example, find statutes applicable to a particular subject or a specific set of facts. This is an inquiry that requires you to exercise your own legal judgment. Persons needing assistance in analyzing a legal problem are advised to consult an attorney.
Email reference service is intended primarily for students, faculty, and staff of the University of Virginia. If you are not affiliated with UVA, we will reply to your inquiry only if it relates to the School of Law or to a resource unique to the Law Library.