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Circulation Policies

The Florida Coastal School of Law Library & Technology Center provides access to its collections for legal research purposes to faculty, students, alumni, and members of our Community Access Program. The collection is available during posted library hours for use within the LTC.


Circulation:

A large percentage of law library materials are primary sources and reference tools. In order to provide access to these items for all our patrons, they are not available for circulation. These materials include reporters, digests, statutes, citators, periodicals, looseleafs, and materials in the Reference collections. Materials on Reserve may circulate in the Library only, for 2 hours. With some exceptions, the treatises in the General and International Collections can be checked out by current Coastal students for 3 weeks. (See the loan chart below for more information on the circulation policy for specific materials.) A Coastal ID is required for check out, and the cardholder is responsible for all materials checked out on his/her card. Materials can be renewed for an additional 3 weeks, if they have not been placed on hold or recalled by the library. Materials must be renewed at the Circulation Desk or through the on-line catalog. Alumni may check circulating materials out of the library, but must register with the library and obtain an Alumni ID card to do so. Community Access Program members may borrow materials on Reserve, but may not check materials out of the library.


Holds, Recalls:

Check the online catalog if you are unable to find a book in the stacks. If the book has been checked out, you may put a hold on the title through the online catalog so it will be available to you when it is returned. The Circulation Department will contact you when the item has been returned. Once you have been notified you will have 2 days to pick up the book from the Circulation Desk. After 2 days the book will be made available to the next patron. Circulating materials which have been put on hold for another patron may not be renewed. Items in the Reserves Collections may not be placed on hold. Items that have been checked out are subject to recall by the LTC. Recalled materials must be returned within two days of receipt of notice (excluding weekends).


Fines, Bills:

The library reserves the right to charge fines and/or billing fees for overdue and damaged items. If items are not returned after a second overdue notice has been sent, the patron's record will be blocked from checking out further materials, and a bill for replacing the item will be sent. Overdue items not returned upon request, or not returned within 20 days of their due date are considered lost. Lost books will be billed for replacement cost, plus a processing fee ($15) and billing fee ($5) per item. Fines are paid to the law school's Finance Office. Unpaid fines may result in withheld grades or denial of registration.


Inter-library Loan:

Materials not in the collection may be requested from other institutions via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). The ILL service is available only to Coastal students, faculty, staff, and registered Alumni. An on-line request form can be found on the library website.


Carrels:

Carrels are wired for electricity and network access, and are available on a first-come, first served basis. Choose any empty carrel whenever you want to work at one. Please do not leave personal items in the carrels. The library is not responsible for property which is lost or stolen.


Study Rooms:

Study rooms may be reserved for individual study, group study and viewing videos. Reservations may be made in up to 48 hours in advance at the Circulation Desk or thorugh Resource Scheduler.  Student ID is required for in person reservations. Rooms may be reserved for up to 3 hour intervals. Only two (2) reservations are allowed per day. Reservations will be held for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes the reservation may be considered cancelled.

The study rooms are not sound-proof, so please be aware of noise level during discussions, or while viewing videos. Do not leave belongings in unoccupied rooms. The library is not responsible for personal items lost or stolen.

Study rooms and the equipment in them are for educational purposes. Disconnecting or tampering with the equipment/cables from the TV/VCR, locking the doors, or making changes to the rooms are not permitted. Tampering with the equipment or altering the rooms will be considered vandalism and may be referred to the Honor Court for possible prosecution.

The complete study room policies can be found here.


Missing Books:

Please report any missing or damaged books to the Circulation Desk.


PRIVACY POLICY:

The Library supports the right to privacy of our users. The Library is intended to be a secure and safe place to study and freely exchange ideas. Therefore the library staff is unable to disclose the location of any patron unless that patron has authorized the staff in writing to do so. It is also not within the duties of the staff to track down patrons of the library for another person. There is a notebook available at the Circulation Desk that allows patrons to leave messages to one another regarding their location. The Library will not disclose material that a person has borrowed. Nor will the library disclose the person who has borrowed certain material.


 

 

Loan Chart
Collection
Loan Policy
General Collection
Students - 3 weeks (exceptions: looseleafs do not circulate; video tapes and audio tapes circulate for 2 days)
Faculty - 4 months
Academic Success Collection
Students - 3 days
Faculty - 5 days
Reserve Collections &
Unbound periodicals
2 hours in-house
Faculty - 1 week
 
Reference Collection
Non - circulating
Faculty may make special requests to borrow reference material for a limited time
Regional Collection &
Statutes, Reporters, Digests
Non - circulating
Faculty may make special requests to borrow material for a limited time
Bound Periodicals
Non - circulating
Faculty and Law Review may make special requests to borrow periodicals for a limited time.
CLE tapes
May be signed out to CAP members, alumni, and guest attorneys for one week