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The Law Library is generally open to the public from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Policy on Legal Reference and Legal Advice

Reference librarians help you use the library and its collections, but they cannot do legal research for you. Librarians locate information, identify relevant resources, develop search strategies for catalogs, databases, the web and indexes and provide assistance in legal research methodology. The reference staff cannot provide substantive advice on a legal problem, interpret legal materials for you, or explain how the law applies to your particular case.

Friends of the Duke University Libraries

Members of the public who are not otherwise eligible for borrowing privileges through Duke or TRLN libraries may check out Law Library materials by joining the Friends of the Duke University Libraries (application may be submitted online or through a form at the Law Library Circulation/Reserve desk). Making a gift of $100 entitles "Friends" to obtain a borrowing card and have borrowing privileges at most Duke University libraries, including the Goodson Law library. Up to 10 books total at a time may be checked out from all libraries. Note that we are unable to offer interlibrary loan services to Friends of the Duke University Libraries.