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Checking Out Materials (Students)

LSU Law Center students must present a valid LSU ID card at the circulation desk to borrow materials.

Materials circulate to LSU Law students as follows:

Reserve Books

Books on reserve may be checked out during library hours and returned within two hours of the time checked out. Books on reserve and designated for overnight use may be charged out during the last two hours the library is open and must be returned during the first two hours of the next day the library is open. Materials may be renewed unless there are others waiting to use the materials.

Circulating Books

Generally, any single volume work shelved on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors may circulate during the semester. These materials are due on the last day of exams. Exceptions apply, so please consult the Circulation Desk with questions about circulating materials. All such materials are subject to recall if requested by another patron or if needed for the reserve collection.

Non-Circulating Books

Most books are restricted and do not circulate. These materials include such items as multi-volume treatises, looseleafs, journals, and primary source authorities such as reporters and statutes. If you have a question regarding whether an item circulates, please inquire at the Circulation Desk.


Materials may be renewed at the Circulation Desk (578-8814) or online.

Overdue Materials

The Law Library does not charge fines for overdue materials. However, the Library expects its materials to be returned promptly or renewed. Overdue notices will be emailed to students. Materials not returned will be treated as lost. See below for more information.

Lost or Damaged Materials

The cost of replacement or repair of damaged items must be paid by the person who charged out the item. If the Circulation Librarian is notified that an item is lost, the amount due will be the total of the processing fee ($30) and the replacement cost. If the lost item is found and returned after the fees have been paid, the total paid will be refunded through the LSU Bursar’s Office. The processing fee will not be refunded.