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. All patrons are expected to abide by our library use policy.
During exam periods, we try to maintain a very quiet study environment. [NB: This paragraph was updated Dec 7, 2023 to remove a reference to previous access restrictions, which have not been in place since 2021.] If you have a time-sensitive research need during exams, call or email the Access Services department (434-924-3384; 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 handicap accessible. If a patron needs help with retrieving or photocopying materials, the Circulation and Reference staff are happy to assist. Please call or email the Access Services department (434-924-3384; firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Virginia residents (16 years of age and older), alumni, and registered researchers (non-VA researchers working locally and needing temporary borrowing privilege) 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||7 days, limit of 2|
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 can be paid at Clemons Library. Ask about fine forgiveness at the Circulation desk.
|Item Type||Late Fine||Item Max|
|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. For example, we can help you access our databases or find a particular case, but we cannot determine which laws or cases are relevant to your situation. If you need legal advice, one of the following might be helpful:
Our 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.