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Questions or assistance with any related issues can be directed to Ask a Law Librarian.

Borrowing Law Library Materials

Most items may be checked out for 90 days. Some collections, such as Reference materials, do not circulate outside the library. Books and other resources available in the Reserve collection are subject to a 4-hour checkout period.

Students enrolled in the international LLM program may borrow Goodson Law Library dictionaries in the Reference Collection for a 24-hour loan period, on the day before or the day of a final examination for which translating dictionaries have been approved for international LLM use.

🎧 Library of Things ☂

The Library is also pleased to offer a selection of convenience items including Mac laptop chargers, USB-C PC laptop chargers, phone chargers, bookstands, calculators, headphones, and umbrellas.

Borrowing from other Duke Libraries

Books requested from other Duke Libraries through the catalog are available for delivery to and pick-up at the Law Library, normally within one business day.

Interlibrary Loan

For research material not owned by the Duke Libraries, or that is currently checked out, submit an interlibrary loan request. Individual articles and book chapters requested through interlibrary loan will be scanned and uploaded to your ILLiad account Electronic delivery may take as little as 1-2 business days, while a request for a print book generally will take up to 5-7 business days. Very new or obscure titles may take longer. You will be notified via email when your material has arrived.


BookEye and flatbed scanners are available on the 1st and 3rd floors, with options for saving to a flash drive or sending via email. You may also request a scan of certain Law Library materials through the Library's GoodScan service.

Study Carrels

Study carrels in the Goodson Law Library are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Library books that are checked out and marked with a carrel charge slip (obtained from the Circulation Desk) may be stored on the shelf

Unattended Personal Belongings

Do not leave personal items unattended in carrels. It is inconsiderate to other students and increases the risk of theft. Consider having your high-value items (computers, phones, etc) engraved by the Duke Police. Library staff routinely check for unattended items and remove them to the Law School Lost and Found. Unattended food will be disposed of in the trash.

Study Rooms

Seven private study rooms are available on Level 2 of the library, for use by individual law students or groups of law students. Study rooms are unlocked, but reservations are required. Rooms may be reserved online up to 72 hours in advance for four-hours per reservation.  If a room is reserved but unoccupied after 15 minutes of the reservation start time, the reservation may be canceled in order to open the room to other law students. Please request a cancellation at the Circulation desk. Unattended personal items in study rooms will be removed to the Law School Lost and Found.

Fines & Charges

A fine of $1.00 per hour will be charged for all late returns of Reserve materials. For other unreturned Library items, two overdue notices will be sent before the borrower is charged $100 for the replacement and processing costs for each item.

Unpaid student accounts will be turned over to the Bursar's office on a monthly basis.