Policies on Library Use

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Study Rooms

Duke Law students may reserve a second-floor study room up to seven days in advance by using the Space Reservation System.


The library is cleaned regularly, but users are encouraged to use provided supplies to clean exposed surfaces after using a study space. Please be respectful and clean surfaces after using a common space. Cleaning supplies are located on each floor near the recycling bins. 


Food is not allowed in the library.


The library has three different noise-level study zones to facilitate a productive and respectful space for all users:

  • Absolute Quiet (Level 1) is for silent, individual study. Devices should be silenced. Talking is not permitted.
  • Considerate and Quiet (Level 2 and Level 4 rear carrels) is primarily for individual study. Devices should be silenced. Talking should be limited to brief whispers, and only when necessary.
  • Collaborative (Level 3 and Level 4 mezzanine) is for students who wish to work in groups or like background noise. Loud or distracting sounds are not permitted.

Patrons with Disabilities

The 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 or 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 about accessibility.

Questions or Feedback

Questions regarding our policies should be directed to the Assistant Director for Access and Collection. Feedback is always welcome at the Circulation desk or through the Law Library Suggestion Box.