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Circulation of Library Resources

Loan periods depend on the status of the borrower. Most circulating material may be checked out for four weeks; video movies only circulate for three days.

Materials may be renewed once. Renewal may be accomplished in person at the library, over the telephone during regular business hours, or online by the user.

Users qualifying for free library cards include all University of Richmond students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the judiciary, and practicing attorneys. Area students may obtain limited borrowing privileges through their home libraries. Businesses and members of the public may purchase a library card.

The following types of library materials do not circulate:
  • Reporters and codes (primary materials)
  • Reference materials and finding aids
  • Microforms
  • Individual volumes from multi-volume sets*
  • Periodicals
  • Special Collections materials
  • Some CLE materials

*Exception: Individual volumes from multi-volume treatises may circulate.

All faculty members may request that a book from either the Law Library or Boatwright be delivered:

  • Select the catalog record of the item you wish to request
  • Click on “Make a Request” on the right menu
  • Enter your ID number and last name
  • Click on “Fac/Staff book delivery”
  • Enter department in the comments field  and click “Submit”

Please allow 2-4 business days for delivery.

    Users With Disabilities

    The University of Richmond Law Library staff is committed to assisting people with disabilities so that they may use our resources and services effectively.  If you have any questions or special requests, please ask at the Circulation Desk, call 804-289-8637, or email. As time and staffing allow, we can assist library users with disabilities to retrieve materials from the stacks or assist with photocopying.

    Facility Features
    • Parking – The Law School parking lot has 4 marked handicapped spaces. An unobstructed sidewalk leads to the building entrance.
    • Doors – An outside door leading into the building, as well as the inside door leading into the main library, may be opened electronically using a push pad.
    • An elevator provides access to all floors of the library.
    • Restrooms have wide access facilities and include grip bars.
    • Computers -Two public table-height computer stations have access to many legal databases, including Lexis Academic and Westpac with access to Federal and State primary authority, some secondary sources and selective forms.

    Andrew Frank
    Head of Access Services

    Exam File

    Created and maintained by the law library staff, the exam file gives you access to numerous exams administered at Richmond Law in the past.  Access is limited to computers accessing the site within the University of Richmond network or via VPN.

      Interlibrary Loans

      Law faculty and students who need books or articles from periodicals not held in the law library collection may make a request using our online interlibrary loan system. As a participant in a national online interlibrary loan network, the library has access to resources of hundreds of law and non-law libraries nationwide and often can obtain requested materials rapidly.

      Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions
      The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.  Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.  One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research."  If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.  This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

      Place a Request

      Upon arrival books will be held for students at the Law Library Circulation Desk for pickup. Books requested by faculty and staff will also be held at the circulation desk. An automated email will be sent alerting you to pickup your materials.  Incoming articles will automatically be delivered to you via your Interlibrary Loan account.

      Patrons are responsible for the ILL books once the request has been placed.

      Library Consortia

      Law faculty, staff, and students have the option to visit local and regional academic libraries to browse and possibly borrow materials. Academic libraries in the Richmond area belong to the Richmond Academic Library Consortium (RALC). Faculty and staff may borrow up to 5 books from RALC libraries with their UR ID by obtaining a RALC borrowing pass from the Law Library Circulation Desk.

      Scanning & Copying

      The law library's copiers are available daily from the time the library opens until 15 minutes before closing. The copiers are located on the main floor and are capable of copying or scanning. Electronic scans of materials on microform are available through the use of the library's film/fiche reader/printer, located in the microform room


      Copies are in black and white only and cost $.10 per page which may be paid using either cash or a copy card. Bills used in the cash copy machine must be no larger than $5. Copy cards are available for purchase from the machine next to the photocopiers.  The initial purchase of a copy card requires a $1 bill for a card that is loaded with a $0.50 credit. The card machine accepts $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills. Using a $10 or $20 bill will result in bonus value being added to the card. Change may be obtained at the circulation desk.


      The photocopiers may also be used to scan documents in black and white or in color free of charge.  Patrons are responsible for providing their own USB drive or SM card on which to save scanned documents. 

      For assistance using the photocopiers or microfilm readers, please contact the circulation desk.

        Reserve Materials

        A collection of frequently used resources is kept on permanent reserve at the circulation desk. Included in this collection are all casebooks for courses being taught during the current semester, selected Virginia materials, the current edition of titles in the West Nutshell series, and current editions of other study aids. The Online Catalog will indicate when an item is located on reserve.

        Materials also are placed on reserve for current courses and student organizations.  The Course Reserves tab of the online catalog allows the user to locate materials on reserve for particular courses.

        Please use the Course Reserve Request Form to place material on reserve .
          Study Rooms

          There are five  study rooms in the library basement available for group study.  They are identified as L2, L3, L4, L5, and L6.  All are equipped with a large screen to connect a laptop for group display.  Four rooms seat up to 5 people.  L4 is a large room that will accommodate 14 people.  Students may reserve them for up to four hours and one week in advance.  The lights in the study rooms are motion activated; there are no light switches.  Click on the link to access the reserve system.  Pick up keys to the study rooms at the Circulation Desk.  Anyone not claiming the key within 15 minutes of the reservation period start will forfeit the reservation to another user if the demand is warranted.