Policies and Procedures

Use of the Center 

Borrowing privileges are only extended to those with current and validated Duquesne identification 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.

Moreover, during non-exam time frames, access to the Center after 6:30 p.m. requires a swipe card and is limited to Duquesne Law faculty, staff, and students. During the exam period, restricted access limited to Duquesne Law patrons runs from noon to midnight. Others may use the Center during a restricted access period only by appointment with 24 hours notice. Please contact  Chuck Sprowls for more information.


This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by federal law. (Title 44 United States Code). If you have questions concerning the use of Center materials, please ask us.

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

Please contact Chuck Sprowls (412.396.1133) with Study Room questions. 

  • Study Rooms keys are unavailable for either checkout or reservations.
  • The Study Rooms are left unlocked, and students can use them on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cell Phones

Use of cell phones and pagers is prohibited in the Center. All cell phones and pagers must be turned off or set on vibrating mode upon entering the Center. Please do not plug these devices 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 Center's 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 the Center's computers. Allegheny County Law Library cardholders, 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

You cannot make personal calls on the Center's phones except in case of an emergency or with the permission of a Center 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.