Library Mission & Policies

Mission

The mission of the Loyola University College of Law Library is to meet both the curricular and research informational needs of the College’s faculty and students. The Law Library achieves this mission through development of a carefully selected collection of traditional and electronic resources and a proactive program of efficiently and effectively delivering access to these collections.

Library Spaces

The  Loyola Law Library is pleased to serve members of our legal community, including attorneys, paralegals, and self-represented litigants. However, certain areas of the law library are restricted to Loyola users only. Among these areas are the Sakla and Bart Computer Lab, study rooms, and the student lounge. Please note that Loyola alumni may use Room 210.

Cell Phones

Cellphone use can be annoying to other patrons. Please limit their use to the Circulation area on the first floor, and to the horseshoe shaped area by the Administrative offices on the second floor. Do not use them on the third floor: it is reserved for silent study.

Food & Drink

As of August 1, 2013 food and drink items are allowed in the Loyola New Orleans Law Library. The restriction placed upon this privilege is that a patron may be asked not to consume food or drink items if doing such causes a disturbance to another user of the library. A non-extensive list of examples of this would be food with pungent odors, creating excessive noise with chips, slurping soup, etc.

Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book, article, or other resource that is not available in our library, you can request it via interlibrary loan. This service is available to currently-enrolled students, faculty, and staff. 

To use it, please create an account in our ILLiad system. With this account, you will be able to request items, view the status of your requests, and check the due date for items that you have borrowed. In addition, articles requested, once supplied, can be viewed within the ILLiad system as PDF documents that can be printed.

Visit the ILL page for instructions. 

Lost and Found

The Loyola Law Library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.  Do not leave your personal items unattended while in the law library. 

Found items turned in to the law library will be stored in the lost and found at the circulation desk.  The law library will handle the return of items to their owners when possible and dispose of unclaimed items.  Unclaimed items of value (i.e. jewelry, phones, wallets) will be turned over to Loyola campus police after two weeks.  At the end of the academic year all other unclaimed items (i.e., books, clothing, papers, coffee mugs) will be donated, recycled or discarded at the law library’s discretion.

Study Rooms

The law library has study rooms available on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Study rooms are available on a first come basis for the use of current Loyola students and recent Loyola Law graduates studying to take the bar. Library staff retains the right to reserve study rooms at any time for law library or law school business.

Study Room Guidelines:

  1. All study rooms doors are left unlocked. For the purpose of determining vacancy, study rooms without windows have occupancy signs just to the right of the door.  Students are responsible for using the sign to indicate when they are using the room and when they've vacated it. 

  2. Study rooms are not soundproof.  Students are expected to be considerate of those in nearby areas by keeping noise levels low. Groups that are excessively noisy and disturb other library patrons may be asked to vacate study rooms.  

  3. Each room is equipped with the number of chairs that the room will accommodate. Please do not remove chairs from nearby study spaces.

  4. Study rooms are for the purpose of research, study and collaboration. Students using study rooms for other than academic purposes may be asked to vacate the room. 

  5. When finished using the room, students are expected to erase the whiteboard, throw away their trash and straighten the chairs.  

  6. Students are not to leave library books, laptops or personal items in the study rooms. The law library is not responsible for the security of personal items left in a study room. 

Please note: Students using study rooms should be able to provide their Loyola campus ID if asked.

Noise

Talking is permitted on the first floor of the library. On the second floor, please keep voices low, as students are trying to study. The third floor is reserved for silent study. Yelling, profanity, or threatening words are not acceptable in the library.

Renewals / Fines for Late or Lost Materials

Patrons are assessed fines when items are returned after the checkout period has expired. Fines for students are periodically sent to Student Affairs and applied to the students account. Until the fine is sent to Student Affairs the fine may be paid at the Law Library Circulation Desk. There is no obligation of the Law Library to remind students of their due dates/times by notice and follow-up notices are merely intended to be assistive to the patron. A patron is able to view what items they have checked out and the due dates by logging in to their accounts in the Law Library Catalog at lawcat.loyno.edu . Click MyLibrary (left most tab) and then enter your Log In credentials. From this screen patrons may be able to renew materials a limited number of times before being required to return the item to the library.

Government Documents / Public Access Computer

The law library government documents/public access computer is for public patrons only. The public access computer may only be used for government documents and legal research. While there are no defined time limits, users must be considerate of other patrons that may need to use the computer. The viewing of pornography is strictly forbidden on any and all computers in Loyola Law Library and the violation of this rule will result in immediate expulsion from the library.

Unattended Minors in the Library

Children who are not enrolled in approved University classes or activities may not be left alone anywhere in the law library. The safety and security of minors is very important and is the responsibility of the parent or adult caregiver. Library staff cannot assume responsibility for minors when they are left unattended in the library.

  1. A child not yet in high school must be under the direct supervision of a parent or adult caregiver at all times while in the library.

  2. A parent or adult caregiver must monitor all activities and behavior of their children while they are in the library.

  3. A parent or other adult caregiver is responsible for any damage to property done by the child.

  4. If a child is left unattended in the library, staff will notify Loyola University Police.

  5. Library computers are restricted to use by enrolled students, faculty, and staff unless researching government depository materials on the public access terminal.

If there are any questions or requested modifications to this policy please contact the library administration.

Collection Development

The Law Library collection development policy.