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General Library Policies

FCSL Law Library Policies 

These polices have been adopted in order to enable the Library to fulfill our mission to provide the most comprehensive access to our resources by all our patrons, to provide an atmosphere conducive to studying, and to protect and maintain our collections. Violation of any of these policies may be considered an Honor Code or Student Code of Conduct offense. Patrons who violate any of these policies may be subject to disciplinary action, including being referred to the Honor Court, loss of library privileges, and/or criminal prosecution.


The Library is open to students, staff, and faculty of the law school, FCSL Alumni, and to participants in the Community Access Program (CAP). CAP members and Alumni are asked to check in at the Circulation Desk at the beginning of each visit and sign the guest register. Other visitors to the library are allowed one visit, and must sign the guest register. Continuing use of the library will require membership.


Animals are not permitted in the library, with the exception of assistance animals (such as seeing-eye dogs).


The Library has an audio-cassette player available for in-house use. It can be checked out through the Circulation Desk.


The bulletin board located at the entrance to the Library is for library and law school information. They are not to be used for personal postings (including election campaigns). Bulletin boards by the 3rd floor carrels may be used for student organization and other general postings. Any postings must be in accordance with posted guidelines and approved by the Circulation Manager. No personal postings are permitted in any other areas of the Library.


The Library utilizes an OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) which is available through the law school's website from any computer, on campus or off, that has web access. Patrons can access the catalog via terminals located throughout the Library and Computer Lab.


Children may come into the library, but they must be quiet and stay with their parent(s) AT ALL TIMES. Use of the televisions and VCRs is acceptable as long as these resources are used quietly and are not needed by students or faculty. Children may not use the computers at any time. Children who disrupt students will not be permitted to remain in the library.


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 FCSL students for 3 weeks. (See the loan chart in our circulation policies page for more information on the circulation policy for specific materials.) An FCSL 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. Some materials can be renewed online through the Library catalog, but most materials must be renewed at the Circulation Desk. 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.


The Computer Lab is for Florida Coastal students and faculty only and is to be used for educational and research purposes. The Computer Labs is available on the second floor of the Library. A Help Desk Attendant is generally on duty to assist patrons (x7624). Virus-free portable storage devices should be brought for saving files, or files should be saved to your secure cloud drive. Any information saved to the hard drives is deleted. Please refer to the Computer Use Policy on the FCSL website for more information.


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. It is the responsibility of the person making the copies to adhere to the provisions of this act.



Electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, and smokeless tobacco are not permitted in the Library.


Please report any emergencies to the Circulation Desk attendants as soon as possible. They can quickly contact Security personnel during hours of operation, and can call for assistance.

Emergency exits are located throughout the library. Emergency stairwells are located in the service elevator corridor (core) in the middle of each floor of the library. Emergency doors are located in the southeast corner of each floor of the library. An alarm will sound once any of the emergency doors is opened. Patrons should familiarize themselves with these exits.

Fire extinguishers and alarms are also located on each floor of the library.


The Library has a variety of equipment which may be checked out for projects or class presentations. Contact the Information Technology department to make arrangements.


There is a fax machine available for student use in the Computer Lab.


The library reserves the right to charge fines and/or billing fees for overdue items. Overdue items not returned upon request are considered lost. Lost books will be billed for replacement cost, plus a processing fee ($20) and billing fee ($5) per item. Fines are paid to the law school's Finance Office. Unpaid fines may result in grades being held or registration being denied.


In the event of a fire alarm or fire drill, immediately walk to the nearest exit (do not use the elevators), and stand clear of the building. Please be aware of any emergency personnel or equipment that may require access to the building. Follow the directions of library or emergency personnel and do not re-enter the building until they have given permission to do so. See also: EMERGENCIES


No food is allowed on the 1st floor of the library including the study rooms. Drinks are allowed throughout the library but they must have a lid. No food or drinks in the Computer Labs. This is to prevent damage to library materials and equipment and to avoid the infestation of insects, mold and mildew. Please dispose of trash in the receptacles and report messes and spills immediately.


Students must have a current ID card to check out library materials, make photocopies, and print in the computer lab. Cards are made through the Coastal OneCard office located on the third floor of the library (room 303).  If lost, a $15.00 replacement card will be billed to the student's account.


Materials not found in the library collection can often be borrowed from other libraries. Interlibrary Loan forms are located at the Reference desk, and are available on the library's website.


Any items turned in to the Library staff will be held at the Circulation Desk for no longer than 1 month. For your protection, label your belongings (books, computer disks, etc.) so they are identifiable in the event they are turned in to Lost and Found. The library assumes no responsibility for personal items lost or stolen on the premises. Patrons are cautioned not to leave their books and bags unattended.


The library does not have a paging system, and cannot currently take messages for patrons.


The microform collection is housed in the Microform Room on the 1st floor of the library. Machines for viewing and printing fiche are located in the same room.


Noise levels must remain low in an atmosphere conducive to research and study. The 1st floor of the library is a strictly quiet study area. When on the 2nd and 3rd floors please whisper when conversing. When having discussions in the study rooms please remember that they are not sound proof. Be considerate to yourself and others. Turn wireless devices off or to vibrate.




Copiers are located on the 3rd floor in the Copy Lounge and near the large stairwell on the 2nd floor of the library. These machines provide the ability to make photocopies and scan to e-mail. Your student ID acts as your copy card. Copy cards can be purchased, or money can be added to your ID or card, from the automatic deposit machine located next to the copier on the third floor. The automatic deposit machine will accept $1 ,$5, $10, and $20 bills. It does not give change and the library does not keep change on hand. Credit and debit cards may be used to add value through the Coastal Card website. The library cannot give refunds if you have misread the automatic deposit instructions. Please read these instructions carefully, or ask for assistance. Report any problems (out of toner or paper, paper jams, etc.) to the Circulation or Reference desk. See also: COPYRIGHT


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. The Library will not disclose material that a person has borrowed. Nor will the library disclose the person who has borrowed certain material.


Please report any building, furniture, equipment or other maintenance problems to the Circulation Desk or a Librarian immediately.


Patrons are requested to carefully reshelve their materials after use. Books left on tables or carrels are reshelved by library staff. If you would like materials left where you are working, leave a dated note requesting that they not be reshelved. The note will be honored through the end of the day.


The Reference Desk is staffed most hours the library is open. Reference service is also available via phone (680-7612) or electronically through Ask A Librarian, and at the Knowledge Bars.  Library research workshops are taught regularly throughout the semester on a variety of topics.


Restrooms are located on each floor of the Library. On the 2nd and 3rd floors the restrooms are located in the service elevator corridor (Core), and also on the 3rd floor in the southeast corner. Restrooms on the 1st floor are only located in the southeast corner of the library.


The only non-emergency entrance to the Library is on the 3rd floor. An alarm will sound if library materials are removed without being properly checked out. Occasionally, the alarm will sound due to a laptop computer, commercial videotape, or other device. If an alarm sounds as you are leaving the library, please stop and return to the Circulation Desk. The library has the right to examine bookbags, briefcases, and personal property of all persons leaving the law library.

Security personnel are available to escort patrons to their cars after dark. Please ask the Circulation Desk attendant to call Security.


No smoking is permitted in the library.


Study rooms may be reserved for individual study, group study and viewing videos. Reservations may be made up to 48 hours in advance at the Circulation Desk or through 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 Library welcomes your constructive criticism and recommendations. A suggestion box is available at the Circulation Desk, or suggestions can be made online through the Make a Comment link in the Library catalog.


Use of all tobacco products is prohibited in the library.


The library does have televisions and VCRs available in a limited number of study rooms for in-house viewing of video tapes.



Wireless devices such as cell phones, tablets, and pagers should be set at the lowest ringing volume, preferably on vibrate. In order to send or receive wireless calls move to one of the cell phone friendly zones: the Copy Lounge on the 3rd floor, a service elevator corridor (core) on the 2nd or 3rd floors, or outside of the library.