Louis L. Biro Law Library

Who May Use the Law Library

The Law Library is open to:
  1. Current students, faculty (full-time and adjunct), and staff of UIC John Marshall Law School (Law School)
  2. Current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
  3. Alumni of UIC John Marshall Law School
  4. Alumni of UIC (subject to identification requirements below)
  5. Current members of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) who hold active UIC John Marshall ID cards issued before Aug. 16, 2019, may access the Law Library until the campus closes for winter break effective December 24.
  6. Current students and faculty of law schools that are members of the Chicago Legal Academic System (CLAS): IIT Chicago-Kent, University of Chicago, DePaul, Loyola, Northwestern
  7. Individuals who present a properly completed interlibrary loan form signed by a librarian (access is limited to retrieving the library materials listed on the form)
  8. Members of the public who desire to use the Law Library's federal depository documents collection (access is limited to use of the federal depository documents in the library)
  9. Individuals who have received advance permission to use the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) collection
  10. Individuals who have received special authorization from the Law Library director or associate director to use the Law Library (e.g., to access materials available only at the Law Library)
  11. Individual students, faculty, and staff who are currently enrolled in or employed by CARLI Governing member institutions

To enter the Law School, patrons must swipe in at the security gates with a valid UIC i-card, UIC John Marshall photo ID card, or present other valid identification. Law School alumni can obtain a UIC John Marshall photo ID card from Law School Campus Security. UIC alumni (non-Law) must present an alumni borrowing card issued by the UIC University Library together with a government issued photo ID for identity verification. UIC alumni may apply for a borrowing card online. Students, faculty, and staff who are permitted access under this policy (CLAS member law schools and CARLI Governing member institutions) must present a current school-issued photo ID card. CBA members must possess an active UIC John Marshall ID card issued prior to Aug. 16, 2019, in addition to a CBA card to enter the building or print out or copy materials in the library. UIC John Marshall ID cards will not be issued to CBA members after Aug. 16, 2019. UIC John Marshall ID cards issued to CBA members' law clerks prior to Aug. 16, 2019, will allow the clerks to access and use the library (but not borrow materials) until the earlier of the expiration of the clerk’s UIC John Marshall ID card and Dec. 31, 2019.

Members of the public who wish to access the federal depository documents must present valid identification at the security desk to gain entry to the Law School. They will be directed to a reference librarian for assistance with the federal depository collection.

Check-Out Privileges

Please note that many materials in the Law Library collection do not circulate and must be used in the Law Library. Current Law School and UIC students, faculty (full time and adjunct), and staff may check out circulating materials by presenting their UIC i-card at the circulation desk. Alumni of John Marshall may check out materials by presenting a valid UIC John Marshall-issued alumni card,. UIC alumni will need to present a UIC alumni borrowing card and photo ID to check out materials. No other library patrons have direct check-out privileges.

Use Policies

Use of the Law Library is a privilege extended to those who comply with its rules and procedures. Law Library privileges may be withdrawn from anyone breaking these rules or exhibiting disrespect for the Law Library, its staff, or its patrons. Serious violations of Law Library rules will be reported to the appropriate disciplinary body or authorities.

  1. The Law Library serves as a quiet place of study for many of its users. Please respect other users by keeping noise to a minimum, including adhering to the following policies:
    • Please adhere to Law Library rules regarding talking. The 6th floor is designated as a group study area where quiet talking is allowed. The 9th floor is an absolute no talking zone reserved for silent, individual study. The 10th floor is a designated research floor where talking is not encouraged and should be very quiet when necessary.
    • Group study rooms are available in the Law Library for students who would like to quietly study as a group or work collaboratively. Study rooms can be booked online via the link on the Law Library's homepage. Only current Law School students may use the Law Library’s group study rooms.
    • Technological devices (computers, cell phones, tablet devices, headphones, etc.) should be kept quiet and not be audible to other patrons.
    • Talking on mobile phones is not permitted in the Law Library. Please leave the Law Library or go to a stairwell to talk on your phone.
  2. The Law Library permits drinks in covered containers, including plastic bottles and cups with lids. Food may be brought into the Law Library, but please be respectful of fellow patrons and do not bring in food that is noisy, strong smelling, or messy.
  3. Failure to return materials when due may result in fines, processing fees, and replacement fees.
  4. Certain online subscription databases are accessible only to current Law School students, faculty, and staff and may not be available to non-Law UIC students, faculty, and staff, UIC and Law School alumni, CBA members, and other patrons. UIC patrons, CBA members, and UIC and Law School alumni have access to a limited version of Westlaw and certain other subscription databases from dedicated terminals on the 6th floor of the library.
  5. Law Library staff will not attempt to locate patrons in the Law Library.
  6. Patrons who violate Law Library use policies may be asked by a Law Library staff member or Law School Campus Security to show their ID card. Refusal to do so is a violation of Law Library use policies.
  7. Individuals who violate these policies may be asked to leave the Law Library; for serious or repeated violations, may be barred from using the Law Library; and may be subject to disciplinary action.

“This library is a congressionally designated depository for
U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents
collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)”

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