Circulation & Access

For more information about any of the services described below, please contact Mark Burns, Reference/Educational Technology Librarian, or the Circulation Department at

Access to the Law Library

You are welcome to use the Law Library outside of scheduled hours; However, Reference and Circulation services are not available when the library is closed.

If you wish to borrow materials during non-business hours, please leave the title of the item, call number, and volume (if appropriate) together with your name, on the Circulation Desk. The Circulation Staff will check the material out for you.

Loan Policy

The normal Faculty loan periods for various Law Library items are listed in the chart below. We encourage you to use Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, Hein Online, and Internet resources from your office to find the material you are seeking.

The Law Library will pull items from the collection that you can pick up and check out at the Circulation Desk. We can also print out or copy articles from our periodical collection for you to pick up, or e-mail them to you in pdf. Send requests to or to your liaison librarian.

Faculty Loan Periods for Law Library Items

Item TypeLoan Period
BooksAcademic Year
Reserve Books1 Week
CDs & DVDs28 days
Microforms28 days
Law Reviews & Journals28 days
Serials & Looseleafs28 days
Reference BooksDo Not Circulate

Note:  Loan periods at the Syracuse University Libraries may vary.

To Renew Items & To Check Your Account

To view your Library account information, go to the Classic Catalog – My Account Log In page.  From the Classic Catalog Search pages, users can also click on the My Account tab across the top to reach the login page.  Once logged in, you will be able to renew items currently checked out to you.  If you require assistance, please contact our Circulation staff at 315.443.9560 or e-mail We will be glad to renew your items for you. Some items may have renewal limits. If you require extensions beyond our limits, please contact your Liaison Librarian for other options.

We encourage you to return routed materials to the Circulation Desk as soon as possible to ensure that current issues are available to other Law Library users. Courtesy notices will be generated by the online Circulation system should your routed items become overdue.

Faculty Student Assistants

For your convenience, your Faculty Student Assistant (FSA) can charge out books to your account using their SUID card.  Please have your FSA obtain a “Permission Form” available at the Circulation desk.  Sign and return the form. Your faculty account number will be added to the FSA’s SUID card.  Please bear in mind that you are responsible for items borrowed by your FSA on your behalf.


As a courtesy, the Law Library e-mails overdue notices for items not returned by the due date.  If you discover an error in an overdue notice, please let us know as soon as possible.  Please note that failure to renew or return items in a timely manner may cause an automatic block of your borrowing privileges by the online Circulation system. If this occurs, please contact Circulation at


Circulating items may be recalled for use by another patron. The new due date for recalled items is indicated on the recall notice. If you fail to respond to a recall notice, the online Circulation system may automatically block your borrowing privileges until the recalled item has been returned.

Courier & Document Delivery

Please note:  You can help us better serve you by letting us know if you have a deadline and by prioritizing multiple requests.

Books, Journals, and other circulating library materials

Circulation staff will deliver circulating law library materials to your office. For scheduling information or to request a pick-up of library materials, please contact Circulation staff at 315.443.9560 or e-mail

Document Delivery Services

Circulation staff will deliver articles or other documents printed from Hein Online or other databases. Please contact a Reference Librarian at 315.443.9572 or if you need assistance with online databases or other research tasks.

Book Returns to & Deliveries from the Syracuse University Libraries system

The Law Library can request the delivery of books and other items from the Syracuse University Libraries as well as return items on your behalf. For returns, please attach a note indicating their destination and hand them to a Circulation staff member.


The Law Library accepts books, audio-visual materials, and other personal items for placement in our Reserves Room. Please fill out a Reserve Form at the Circulation Desk.

We prefer to accept periodical articles for Reserves only if they are unavailable on Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, or HeinOnline. 

We encourage you to speak with IT Services about how you can create a Backboard site or course web page that will provide your students with access to articles available in electronic format. Reference Librarians are also available to provide short classroom instructional sessions regarding locating articles using HeinOnline or other databases.


Faculty may request that the Law Library’s copy of current materials be routed to them automatically. To request routing, please contact your Liaison Librarian. Materials that you request for routing will be automatically charged to your library account for the standard loan period of twenty-eight days and delivered to your College of Law mailbox.


Most faculty post previous semesters’ exams on their course websites.  If you have exams that cannot be digitized or if you have a special need to place exams on Reserves in hard copy, please contact the Circulation staff at 315.443.9560 at