Borrowing Privileges & Policies

Non-Law University of Minnesota Twin Cities Faculty, Students & Staff

To check out materials, present your current U Card. Loan periods vary based on the type of item. Some materials can only be used in the library. Please check at the Circulation Desk for details or consult our PDF iconLoan Periods Table.

Any book is subject to recall after two weeks if needed by another patron. Items needed for course reserve may be recalled immediately.

Minnesota Attorneys, Mitchell Hamline and St. Thomas Law Students

Licensed Minnesota attorneys and currently enrolled law students at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and University of St. Thomas School of Law, may apply for special Law Library borrowing privileges. These borrowing privileges allow users to check out items from the library’s regular collection that circulate for 6 weeks. These privileges extend only to the Law Library’s collections. Other University of Minnesota Libraries extend borrowing privileges through the University Libraries’ Friends of the Libraries program.

To apply for Law Library borrowing privileges, submit a completed PDF iconApplication for Special Borrowing Privilege form in person at the Circulation Desk or by faxing the form with a copy of your attorney license or a copy of your current law student identification card to the Law Library at 612-625-3478. For more information regarding special borrowing privileges, please contact the Access Services Librarian: or call 612-625-4300.

Loan Periods

Loan periods vary based on the type of item charged. Not all Law Library materials circulate. Please check at the Circulation Desk for details or consult our PDF iconLoan Periods Table. Any book is subject to recall after two weeks if needed by another patron. If needed for course reserve, it may be recalled immediately.

Returning & Recalling Library Materials

Law library books can be returned at any campus library at the University of Minnesota. However, we ask that reserve materials and any other special materials borrowed from the law library be returned directly to the law library circulation desk. Any law library materials returned in the after hours book drop will be checked in the next day the library is open.

Books that are currently checked out may be recalled for use by another user. To recall checked out items contact the Law Library Circulation Desk (phone: 612-625-4300, email: When a book is recalled, a notice is sent to the person who currently has the book checked out. The notice indicates that the loan period for the book has been shortened and provides the new due date. Failure to return a recalled book by its shortened due date may result in an overdue fine. When a recalled book is returned,  the person who recalled the book will be notified that the item is available for pick up.

Books, journals and other materials that are temporarily checked out to one of the law school’s journals (typically for cite checking purposes) are termed “racked.” The racked status is indicated in the MNCAT availability display with the note: “Carrel Check at Circ Desk.” For assistance in finding and recalling a “racked” item contact the Circulation Desk (phone: 612-625-4300, email: For additional assistance with recalling library materials or obtaining racked items contact the Access Services Librarian: or call 612-625-4300.

Overdues Materials & Fines Policy

While law library borrowers are expected to return materials on or before the due date, we understand that circumstances can sometimes make that difficult. The following overdue charges automatically accrue on patrons’ accounts when materials are not returned by the due date. If you know that you will not be able to return something by the due date, please renew it before it becomes overdue. If you are not able to return or renew by the due date, or if materials are already overdue and you wish to discuss options, please contact the Access Services Librarian at 612-625-1547 or

Monographs: $.50 per day
Periodicals or Reserve: $1.50 per hour
Rush Recall & Recall fines:
Patron recall: $1.00 per day
Reserve/Rush recall: $5.00 per day

If you lose a law library item, please contact the Access Services Librarian at 612-625-1547 or Our goal is to find the material and we will be happy to search our shelves or extend time for you to search your home or office. If the item is not found, we will generate a bill and will expect you to bear to cost of replacement. The replacement charge includes a processing fee which helps to offset that cost of ordering and cataloging the material.

A book is considered “lost” when there is no response to notices and the book becomes severely overdue. In such an instance, a bill will be issued for the replacement cost. If you should receive a bill and have the book in question, you may return it to avoid paying the replacement. Please direct all questions about law library charges to the Access Services Librarian at 612-625-1547 or

Search for Missing Books

If you cannot locate a book on the shelf, please complete a PDF iconSearch Request Form.

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