Law students may check out books and other materials at the Circulation desk. Law students may also check out course materials and sample exams placed on reserve by their professors for particular courses. University students may borrow single volume monographs for six weeks.
Temporary Restrictions on Physical Materials
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, resources that indicate Physical use temporarily prohibited cannot be requested or checked out:
Instead, they are available online through HathiTrust Digital Library's Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS).
Select the link for Full Text Available at HathiTrust:
If you haven't already signed in, you will be prompted to log in with your network username and password. You will have the option to Check Out the item for an hour (which will be automatically extended if you are still actively viewing it.)
HathiTrust ETAS does not allow downloading. If you would like a PDF scan of a chapter or article from one of these items, you can make a scan from the physical copy in the library.
Law Student Loan Periods for Law Library Items
|Item Type||Loan Period*|
|Reserve Books||2 Hours / Building Use Only|
|Reserve Exams||2 Hours / Building Use Only|
|Flash Cards||5 Hours / Building Use Only|
|Study Aids / LRAW||24 Hours|
|Audio CDs||2 Weeks|
|Popular / DVD Collection||6 Weeks|
|Books / Monographs||6 Weeks|
|Law Reviews & Journals||Do Not Circulate|
|Microforms||Do Not Circulate|
|Serials & Looseleafs||Do Not Circulate|
|Reference||Books Do Not Circulate|
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
If, after searching the law library and other University of South Carolina catalogs, you cannot find the item you need, you may request that we borrow it from another library by submitting an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request form. The ILL process may take anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks. Scanned chapters or articles may also be requested. You will receive an email when your item arrives. If you have any questions, please contact the Circulation desk [803-777-5942].
Study Rooms and Carrels
During the COVID-19 pandemic, only one person is allowed in a study room at a time. Please use the cleaning materials provided to sanitize the space before you leave.
Study rooms may be reserved only by UofSC School of Law students, staff, and faculty. To reserve a room, view availability, or get more information, see our study rooms page.
Open study carrels are available on each floor of the library for student use.
Printing & Computing
Computers and printers for law student use only are located in the Student Commons, adjacent to the first floor of the library. Each student is allotted a printing credit for the academic year. When the allotted pages are spent, you must add money to your Carolina Card account. Lexis-Nexis offers free printing of Lexis material to a printer in the Student Commons.
The law library lends a variety of study materials. See the Circulation desk, Reference desk, or browse the Study Aids LibGuide for a list of available titles.
CALI [Computer Assisted Legal Instruction] develops lessons covering over 30 different legal subject areas. Before using the lessons, students must create a free user account by visiting CALI.ORG. Each user must enter an Authorization Code at registration that can be obtained from your legal research instructor or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.