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

Library Policies

Please visit the Policies page for Law Library policy information, including limitations on food and drink.

Borrowing Law Library Materials

Most law library items may be checked out for 90 days. Some collections, such as Reference materials, do not circulate outside the library, but are eligible for the GoodScan service. Books and other resources available in the Reserve collection will not circulate in the Fall 2020 semester.

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. Please request these by emailing Circulation staff.

Borrowing from other Duke Libraries

Books requested from other Duke Libraries through the catalog are available for pick up at the owning library. We expect intra-campus delivery of requested items to resume during the Fall 2020 semester.

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. We are currently not requesting physical books through Interlibrary Loan. If you need a scan but are not sure of the page numbers, please consider requesting a scan of the table of contents.


One flatbed scanner is available outside of the Library to email scans to yourself. It does not have a USB drive to save scans. You do not have to reserve time to use this scanner.

One KIC BookEye scanner is available for student use on the third floor of the Library. You must reserve the scanner in advance using the seat reservation system. This scanner sends files via email and allows for saving to a USB drive.

Please use the provided alcohol wipes to clean the scanners after each use.

You may also request a scan of certain Law Library materials through the Library's GoodScan service.

Study Spaces

Study spaces in the Library can be reserved online by current Duke Law students. Reservations can be made in up to two hour increments up to a week in advance. You must leave the study space at the end of your reservation. Students are expected to clean their study space after use with provided disinfectant wipes (located near the central stairwell on floors 2, 3, and 4).

Study spaces are marked with a green sticker and have been measured for social distancing. Please do not move the chairs, including moving them to another part or side of a table to help ensure the safest study environment possible for all students.

Masks are required in all areas at all times.

Unattended Personal Belongings

Do not leave personal items unattended in the Library. It increases the risk of theft. Consider having your high-value items (computers, phones, etc) engraved by the Duke Police.

Fines & Charges

We send two overdue notices for unreturned Law Library items before charging the borrower $100 replacement and processing fee for each item.

Other Duke libraries manage their own fines, and Law Library staff are unable to help with fines from other libraries. Please contact the access services department of the library that owns the item.

Unpaid student accounts will be turned over to the Bursar's office.