Borrowing from the Law Library

Circulation Policy

The Library has a wide variety of materials available. Many items in the collection (case reporters, statutes, periodicals,looseleaf services, etc.) may not be checked-out. The general policies for each type of material are enumerated below.


Treatises are texts which provide substantial treatment and analysis of a broad area of law. The treatises in the Library are generally shelved on the 3rd and 4th floors. To determine if a treatise can be checked-out, look at the listing for that book in the catalog.

  • Circulation period: 42 days
  • One renewal allowed if no one is waiting for the book
  • Fine: 50 cents per volume, per day


Reserve materials, located on the 2nd floor of the Library, include study aids, videotapes, faculty course reserves, practice aids (Washington Practice Series, Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, deskbooks and court rules), current RCWs and Washington State Session Laws, multi-volume works, looseleaf services, Restatements and formbooks and the CULP collection.

The catalog indicates whether reserve material is located in reserve.

  • Circulation Period: 2 hours
  • One renewal for an additional 2 hours allowed if no one is waiting for the book
  • Fine: $1 per hour per volume
  • Current students may check out Reserve items labeled with a star for 24 hours. Only one starred item per student is allowed.

Alumni Members may not borrow reserve materials overnight.

Research Stations

Research stations are located in the reserve area. They may be used to access the Library's research databases and for Internet legal research. Research sessions should be limited to 30 minutes to allow others an opportunity to use the stations.

Ready Reference

The Ready Reference area (wooden shelving directly behind the Reference Desk) contains general reference material, including indexes, directories and dictionaries. Use of those materials is limited to the reference area.

Micromedia Room

The Micromedia Room (Room 204 in Reserve) houses the Library’s collection of microforms(microfiche and microfilm). Microform holdings include international, federal, and state materials, bar journals, briefs from the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington State Supreme Court, the Washington Appellate Court, and much more.

Microform materials are listed in the catalog as located in "micromedia." The Microform Collection Guide in Room 204 organizes this collection by title and author and further indicates the cabinet drawer and tray in which a specific title may be found.

  • Circulation: Microforms may only be used in the Library
  • Microform reader/printer are available in Room 204
  • Printouts cost $0.10 per copy. Payment is made at the Circulation Desk

Alumni Borrowing

Alumni may use materials in the library. Borrowing privileges are available if an alumni borrowing membership is purchased. For more information on alumni privileges, please see our Alumni Services page.


For student borrowers, overdue notices are sent to your SU e-mail. If books are not returned or fines have not been paid by the end of the semester, a hold will be put on student records, including grades, transcripts, and diplomas.

For faculty and staff, overdue notices are sent to your SU e-mail.

Fines and Replacement Charges

  • Books: 50 cents per day.
  • Reserve Materials: $1.00 per hour.
  • Replacement fee of $90 will be charged for materials not returned to the library.