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Using the Library

Information about our services, facilities, policies, and procedures that will help you make the most of your UVA Law Library experience.

Study Spaces

The library provides a variety of quiet study spaces. You may find that you like to study in the stately Caplin Reading Room, or in the open and sunny Reference Room. Some students prefer to be tucked away in the stacks or to use one of our 10 standing desks.

A student studies in the Caplin Reading Room
Caplin Reading Room
Sunny morning in the Reference Room
Reference Room
Two carrels, one in use
Carrels
Coffee machine and tea options
myLab
Lounge corner of myLab
myLab
Four armchairs with ottomans
Klaus Reading Room
Four armchairs around a low wooden table
Klaus Reading Room

Carrels

Available on all three floors of the Law Library, carrels offer privacy, power outlets, and (often) task lighting.

  • Many carrels are open for use on a first come, first served basis. Others are marked as 'reserved'. When the owner is not using the carrel, anyone may study there.
  • Law journal members, faculty research assistants, and L.L.M. and S.J.D students are automatically eligible to reserve a carrel.
  • Visit the Circulation Desk for carrel assignments each semester.

Group Study Rooms

There are nine group study rooms located on the first and second floors of the Law Library. Law students can book rooms in advance.

  • Reservations are recommended. Users with reservations have priority. (If you do not show up within 15 minutes of your reserved time, the room is up for grabs.)
  • To accommodate as many students as possible, reservations are limited to 3 hours per group each day. We reserve the right to cancel excessive bookings.
  • Most study rooms have white boards (ask at the Circulation Desk for marker and eraser replacements), and some have large monitors for sharing your screen.
  • Do not hold rooms with unattended personal items. Items left longer than one hour will be placed in lost and found.

myLab

Need a break from all that studying? Visit myLab on the second floor! This conversation-friendly space features:

  • Free coffee and tea for law students
  • Vending machines
  • Device charging station
  • Puzzles, coloring books, and origami paper
  • Two PCs, a book scanner, and the myLab printer/copier

Klaus Reading Room

The Klaus Reading Room is a comfortable space for relaxing and reading. It houses course reserve materials, as well as some of our more fun collections: dvds, board games, magazines, and novels.

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • DVDs and board games
  • Popular novels, cookbooks, and travel guides
  • Massage chair
  • Five PCs, a book scanner, and two printers

Computers and Printers

Computers

  • You are encouraged to bring your own laptop or computing device.
  • Students may print and access research databases from five computers in the Klaus Reading Room (115).
    • Please be aware that the number of computers is limited and priority is given to patrons doing research.
    • If a computer is available, you may sit down and use it. Login with your Law School computing id.
  • All patrons are expected to abide by our library use policy and database access policy.

Wireless Access

Printing, Copying, Scanning

At the Circulation Desk

Your student ID card will serve as a Library card. Bring it and any items you'd like to check out to the first floor Circulation Desk. Please note: Statutes, looseleaf volumes, reports, indexes, and reference materials do not circulate outside the library.

Equipment and Chargers

  • Phone chargers
  • Apple and PC chargers
  • External CD/DVD drives
  • USB to USB-C cables
  • Flash drives
  • Book stands
  • Headphones
  • Bike pump
  • Umbrellas

Courtesy Items

  • Envelopes
  • Plastic silverware
  • Coffee cups
  • Ear plugs
  • Light bulbs (for library desk lamps)
  • First aid products
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Sewing kit
  • Lint brush

Borrowing and Fines

Borrowing Rules

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

Renewals

Most items can be renewed if not recalled (requested) by another patron. You can request a renewal:

Fines

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