Louis L. Biro Law Library

Circulation Services

Circulation Desk

The circulation desk provides service and assistance to all patrons. Be sure to make the circulation desk your first stop in the library.

Loan Periods

Loan periods for the circulating collection are based on the type of material, the anticipated demand for item, and the number of copies available. Please contact the circulation desk if you have questions about the current loan periods and policies. The general categories and the loan periods:


Patrons may renew library materials once per item, provided the items are not overdue and no other patron has placed a hold on them. The renewal is for the same period as the initial checkout, and it may be done online, in person, or by phone. Circulation staff will need the call number, author, title, and the borrower’s name to process a renewal. To renew online, visit the library catalog and enter your name and UIC John Marshall ID number. For most patrons, the ID number will be the first five digits on the back of your UIC John Marshall-issued ID card. Please call the circulation desk if you have trouble renewing online.


Library materials must be returned or renewed before their loan period ends. Failure to do so will result in fines as follows: three-hour materials at $1 per hour overdue; three-day materials at $2 per day overdue; three-week materials at $1 per day overdue. If library materials are lost or not returned, the patron will be charged the cost of replacing the lost material plus a non-refundable processing fee of $20 per item. Student and alumni fines will be billed through the law school’s accounts receivable department. Students must pay all library fines before they can register each semester and before they can graduate. All fines accrued by CBA members will be handled by the CBA. Borrowing privileges may be suspended until all fines and charges are cleared.

Exams on Reserve

The library maintains an online database of professors’ exams from prior semesters. Students can access the Exam Database via the library’s home page. Faculty interested in placing exams on reserve should contact Philip Johnson at pjohnso@jmls.edu or ext. 551.

Microfiche Retrieval

Retrieval requests received by 11 a.m. Monday through Friday will be completed by 2 p.m. that day. Requests received after 11 a.m. may not be completed until the following day. Requests received over the weekend will be fulfilled on Monday. Retrieved microfiche will be held for two days before being refiled.
Download the Microfiche Request Form here.


The library has three multifunction printer/copier/scanner machines: one each on the 6th, 9th, and 10th floors. There are two additional machines, including one for color printing/copying, outside the library on the 6th floor. All machines also serve as scanners. Copies and print-outs cost 15 cents per page for black-and-white or color, whether printing single or double sided, so double sided is more cost effective. Please do not leave books on the copiers.

Students, faculty, alumni, and CBA members can log in to any of these units by touching their UIC John Marshall-issued ID card to the card reader. Students may add value with a credit card online at canonpay03.jmls.edu/ig/default.php or via Campus Safety & Security, Room 209, 2nd floor, State Street building. CBA members and Law School alumni with UIC John Marshall-issued ID cards can add value to their cards by visiting the Campus Safety & Security office. If you have a problem with your ID card, you must visit the Campus Safety & Security office.

Library Security

The library has a security system that triggers an alarmshould a patron attempt to leave the premises with materials that have not been properly checked out. Occasionally, non-library devices and materials will trigger the alarm. If this should happen, please return to the circulation desk so that a staff member can determine the cause. The security system is a safeguard, and we regret any inconvenience it may cause.

Study Carrels and Group Study Rooms

Study carrels are located on the 8th and 9th floors and are available exclusively to John Marshall students and faculty on a first-come, first-served basis. Group study rooms are located on the 6th, 8th, 9th, and 10th floors and are for the exclusive use of John Marshall students. John Marshall students can reserve a study room online at libcal.jmls.edu/booking/studyrooms. These rooms are for group study by two or more students only. Each student is limited to reserving two hours per week. Faculty and staff should check with the Registrar’s Office to find meeting space elsewhere in the school.


Telephones can be found on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors and in the stairwells on each of those floors. Campus Safety & Security can be reached at ext. 501 and ext. 507, the circulation desk at ext. 710, and the reference desk at ext. 729.

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