Policies on Library Use

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The Goodson Law Library Library is open only to current Duke Law students who have a reservation for a study space.

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Masks and social distancing of at least 6 feet are required in common areas. Common areas include study rooms, classrooms, and open areas, even if no one else is near you.

Study Rooms

Study room doors must remain open and masks are required at all times. Study rooms and other bookable spaces can be scheduled up to seven days in advance using the Space Reservation System.


The Law Library is cleaned regularly by facilities staff, but users are encouraged to use provided wipes to clean exposed surfaces after using a study space between users.

Special alcohol-based cleaners are also provided for cleaning scanners, printers, and other equipment after use.

Please be respectful and clean surfaces after using a common space.

Food & Drink

Food is not allowed in the library.

Beverages in sturdy, covered containers are allowed in the Library. Library users are responsible for cleaning any spills and notifying staff of large spills or impacts to fixtures, equipment, or carpet by contacting Circulation Staff at (919) 613-7128 or by email.

The following spaces are closed until further notice:

  • Sidebar: Room 3211
  • RAD (formerly Microforms Room): Room 1204
  • First floor tables and carrels

Noncompliance with these guidelines may result in one or more of the following:

  • You may be asked to leave the library.
  • You may lose access to the building.

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Associate Director for Public Services. Feedback is always welcome via the Law Library Suggestion Box.

Patrons with Disabilities

The Goodson Law Library is committed to providing high-quality service to all users, including those with disabilities. Library staff will make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests, including book/article retrieval and assistance with photocopies or scans. Please contact the Circulation Staff at (919) 613-7128 or by email prior to your visit with any questions or concerns about accessibility.