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Library Policies

Use of the Center

The Center is open to the Duquesne community and the public at large. However, borrowing privileges are only extended to those with current and validated Duquesne ID cards or those with valid Allegheny County Law Library cards. Although the Center is open to everyone to conduct legal research, the Center is not to be used for general study purposes by non-law students.  All non-law students must sign-in upon entering the Center.

Eating, Drinking, and Smoking

Patrons are allowed to bring in drinks in spill-proof containers or bottles.  Open cans or food of any type are not permitted.  Water fountains are available on all floors of the Center.  The entire Law School building is a non-smoking facility, including the Center.

Group Study Rooms

There are ten study rooms available for group study purposes. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Keys are signed out at the Circulation Desk only to current Duquesne law students with valid DU id cards. Students may use these rooms, for group study only, in blocks of two hours (with one renewal). The rooms may also be reserved up to one day in advance, by filling out the study room sheet kept at the Circulation Desk or by calling 412.396.5017.

Cell/Mobile Phones

The use of cell/mobile phones and pagers is not permitted in the Center.  All cell phones and pagers must be turned off or set on vibrating mode upon entering the Center.  These devices may not be plugged into any of the Center's electrical outlets.

Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges are extended to all individuals with a current Duquesne University identification card and those with a valid Allegheny County Law Library card.  What materials are allowed to circulate varies slightly between the Duquesne and Allegheny County facilities.  Please consult the DCLI Circulation Policy for more information.

Computer Usage

The Center's computers are for the exclusive use of current Duquesne law students, faculty and staff.  Undergraduate students are not permitted to use DCLI computers.  Allegheny County Law Library card holders, attorneys, and members of the general public utilizing electronic U.S. Government Documents and other select databases may be restricted to dedicated terminals.  Priority access will be granted to law students.

Library Telephones

Library telephones may not be used for personal calls except in case of an emergency or with the permission of a library staff member.

Violation of Center Rules

The Duquesne University School of Law Disciplinary Code, Section III states the following:

Offenses Involving Property

  1. A student shall not purposely, knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly tear, mutilate, mark, or otherwise damage Law School property.
  2. A student shall not conceal library materials or other Law School property.
  3. A student shall not remove books or materials from the library without proper authorization, nor shall a student remove any other Law School property from the premises or possession of the Law School without authorization.

Other Offenses

A student shall not violate any of the rules of the Law Library including, but not limited to rules prohibiting eating, drinking, and smoking.

Circulation Policies