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Law Library Policies

Circulating Materials

Members of the law school community may borrow circulating materials. As a research library, most of the collection is non-circulating, but some monographs, treatises and the like may be checked out for 30 days with an option for renewal(s). Reserve materials can be checked out for a limited time. Please see the Circulation Chart and the Circulation Desk attendant for more information.

Item Type Check out Period Renewal Period Max # of
Sequential Renewals
Book 30 days 30 days 3
1-Day Reserve 1 day 0 day 0
2-Hour Reserve 2 hours 2 hours 1
24-Hour Reserve 24 hours 0 hours 0
3-Day Reserve 3 days 0 days 0
7-Day Reserve 7 days 0 days 0

Non-Circulating Materials

Non-circulating items must be used in the library and cannot be checked out at any time. Materials that do not circulate include: reference materials, loose-leaf materials, periodicals, newsletters, volumes from multi-volume sets, codes, regulations, and reporters.

Group Study Rooms

Eight group study rooms are available in the law library for law student use. Study rooms are available for checkout at the circulation desk for groups of two or more ( 347, 348, 349, 356, and 357) and four or more (346, 355, and 364). The initial checkout period is four hours and all  rooms may be renewed, except during exam periods. Rooms may also be reserved under certain circumstances (e.g., group meetings, negotiations, mock interviews, etc.), and circulation staff will provide assistance with reservations

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is available to members of the Belmont Law School Community. If a title cannot be found in the Belmont College of Law Library, we will gladly locate the item in another law library for your convenience.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests may be made online via the law library website or in person at the circulation desk.

Students will be notified via e-mail when titles arrive; ILLs for faculty members will be delivered to their office.

The loan period for ILL materials is determined by the lending library. This period is typically from two weeks to a month. Materials must be returned to the Circulation Desk on or before the specified due date or fines may be charged to the patron. If a title is needed longer than the loan period allows, it may be renewed at the Circulation Desk or via e-mail. Renewals are not guaranteed as they are determined by the lending library.

Interlibrary loans are subject to recall if the lending library needs the title returned before the said loan period. Patrons will be notified via e-mail if a title is recalled.

All ILL materials are subject to fines for damaged books, late returns and lost items. Fines are typically determined by the lending library, but additional charges determined by Belmont may be billed for processing.

To place a request, please complete an Law Interlibrary Loan Request .

Please contact the Circulation Desk at with any questions or concerns.


Renewals may be placed on all circulating materials if no holds are pending. A title may be renewed at the Circulation Desk.


Holds may be placed on any materials that are currently charged out to another patron. Hold requests may be made by e-mailing the Circulation Desk at or through "My Account" in the online catalog.


All library materials are subject to recall. Recall requests may be made via e-mail at the Circulation Desk


All circulating items that are lost or damaged are subject to replacement and processing fines/fees.

Reserve Collection

The Law Library Reserve Collection is located behind the Circulation Desk.  Reserve materials include case books, horn books, study guides, and various other materials. All Reserve materials must be checked out and items checked out less than four hours before closing may be returned within the first hour of library operation the following day. For more information, see the Circulation Chart (above) or the Circulation Desk

Study Carrels

Carrels are not assigned and are available to students on a "first come, first served" basis.
Carrels must be kept clean and orderly. Pictures, signs, etc. may not be attached to any part of the carrels, and electrical appliances may not be used in them.

Because carrels are not assigned, library materials may not be checked out to them. Remember, carrels have no security and carrel users are responsible for their personal belongings left there.

Leisure Reading

Magazines and newspapers of both popular and legal varieties are provided for your leisure and convenience.  Please see the Circulation Desk attendant for assistance with back issues, as we save some titles for a limited time. 

Library Privileges for Alumni

Alumni may visit the Law Library during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm). Exceptions include Baskin building closures, Law Library closures, campus closures, holidays, and exam periods.

While in the Law Library, alumni may use any of the Library's electronic resources, including our Westlaw patron access terminal.  Please see a reference librarian or circulation desk attendant for a guest password. 

Graduates of Belmont University's College of Law must register at the Law Library Circulation Desk for alumni borrowing privileges.

Alumni may check out regularly circulating items for one 30-day period; there are no renewals.

No reserve materials may be checked out.

Borrowing privileges are not transferable.

Items are subject to recall if needed by a student or faculty member.

Alumni must reside in-state or within 100 miles of the University.

Alumni are personally responsible for all items checked out, and failure to return materials in a timely manner will result in a suspension of privileges and an invoice for the amount of the item.

Food/Beverage Policy

The Belmont Law Library strives to be “student focused.” As such, food and beverages may be consumed in the library.