Access to Library Collections
Borrowing Law Library Materials
Access to the Goodson Law Library stacks is currently restricted to designated Library staff. Law School community members may request circulating Law Library materials for contactless pickup via the Request button in the Duke Libraries Catalog. Following retrieval by staff and a quarantine period, borrowers will be contacted by email to schedule a pickup time at the service desk on level 3 via the Law School reservation system.
Members of the Duke University community may request circulating Law Library items for pickup at their home libraries via intercampus delivery. If you have questions, please contact Circulation staff.
Winter Break Update
- For students with extended Law School building access: please place requests as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, December 4 to ensure delivery and fulfillment by Friday, December 11, the last day of extended student access to the Law School until January. You must be cleared for building access to enter the library to pick up books.
- For students whose Law School building access ended at 10:00 pm on Tuesday, November 24: please request books for pickup at Perkins/Bostock as soon as possible. The last day for Library Takeout is Friday, December 11 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Bostock entrance.
Returning Law Library Materials
The Law School building is currently closed to the Duke University community and the general public, with limited access to the Duke Law community. The Law Library has an outdoor book return where books borrowed from any Duke library may be returned. The book return is located outside the main entrance to the law school, which is on Science Drive opposite the Sanford School for Public Policy.
Duke Law community members may also securely return items to the drop slot inside the Law Library entrance with a contactless pickup space reservation; faculty and staff may also use the return bins in the Law School's level 3 and 4 copy rooms.
Law Library items from borrowers without Law School building access may be returned to the Duke University Libraries and they will be delivered to the Law Library. If you are not in Durham, please contact Circulation staff about return options.
Safe handling of library materials requires at least a 48-hour quarantine between patrons. To ensure the safety of patrons and staff, the Law Library will not circulate Course Reserve books, bookstands, chargers, calculators, umbrellas or other physical materials with short-term loan periods until further notice.
Law Library staff will scan the first two weeks of required assigned course readings for all courses and post them to each course’s Sakai page (unless the instructor has made alternative arrangements). Copyright restrictions prohibit scanning Reserve textbooks beyond that amount.