Library Policies

Access Policies

Access Policies

The Law Library is open to all members of the Yale community, including alumni and alumnae. Everyone entering the library will be asked to show a valid Yale University identification card, a Law Library pass, or a green Yale University Library privileges card. We do not honor Yale University Library desk passes or stacks passes.

The Library's facilities are also available to faculty and students from member institutions of Research Libraries Group (RLG) and New England Law Libraries Consortium (NELLCO) upon presentation of a valid identification card from the home institution. Please apply for a pass at the Circulation Desk.

Anyone wishing to use the government documents collection may request access.

Special privileges passes may be applied for at the circulation desk by members of the Bar and scholars needing access to the library's unique collections.

Yale Law students should obtain a current Law School validation sticker from the Registrar's office.

Follow this link to see our complete privileges policies.

Audiovisual Materials

Audiovisual Materials

The library has a small collection of law-related video and audio materials. A room for viewing is available near the Microform Room on L2. See the Reference Staff for assistance.

Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan

Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan

The following document delivery services are available for obtaining books, articles and other research materials.

Borrow Direct

Use Borrow Direct to borrow books from the libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn, and Princeton. Most books are available for pick up at the Law Library within 4 business days. If the book you want is not available from Borrow Direct, you should use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) .

Interlibrary Loan

Yale Law School Faculty, Students, and Staff

Interlibrary loan supports research and course-related activity of the Yale Law community by obtaining photocopies and short-term loans of materials that are not available at Yale.

 

Requests should be submitted via our web form at: http://ill.library.yale.edu/illiad/

Eligibility

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) borrowing is available to any member of the Yale Law School community – faculty, students, and staff.  If a patron needs a book or copy of an article that is not available within the Yale University Library system, library staff can attempt to borrow from another library.  We advise you to check with a reference librarian prior to completing a request form.  They can assist with locating materials within the Yale Libraries as well as locating full text electronic resources.  This would be faster than waiting for the arrival of Interlibrary Loan materials.

 

Requesting Material

Generally ILL is intended for borrowing material that is not available on this campus, however exceptions may be made. If an item is noted as missing in MORRIS or Orbis, make note of this in the Notes field, such as MORRIS says copy is missing.

  • We do not request items that are on reserve at the Law Library
  • We do not request material that is available in PDF format online
  • We will request items that patrons are not able to locate only after a search has been completed by the Circulation staff.  Please indicate this in the “Notes” field.
  • We will borrow checked-out materials only after a recall has failed.  Please indicate this in the “Notes” field.
  • Newspapers: Every effort is made to obtain pdf copies or microfilm or microfiche for a particular article. Please note obtaining copies of articles is often difficult and sometimes will result in a re-formatted copy of the required article rather than an exact duplication.

 

Delivery Timeframe

Material is generally sent by UPS or US Mail. It can take 7–10 days.  Some requests take longer and other requests may arrive in 2-3 days.  The ILL staff assumes that all material is needed in a timely manner and makes every effort to get the material to this campus in the shortest time possible.  If a request is marked by the patron as a RUSH, staff will place a priority, however there are no guarantees.

 

Notification

Students and staff will receive email notification when material arrives.  Pick up is at the Law Library Circulation Desk.  Material for faculty is delivered to their offices.  Photocopied material is sent electronically.

 

Length of Loan Period

The loan period is set by the lending library.  In most circumstances the material is loaned for 4 weeks.  The due date is marked on the orange book band.

 

Renewals

Courtesy notices are sent for all ILL material 5 days before the borrowed item is due.  Renewal requests can be sent to lawill@pantheon.yale.edu.  Please include the ILL number which is noted on the orange book band.  Library staff will contact the lending library asking permission to renew the item.  Patrons will be informed of the outcome by the library staff.

 

 

Restrictions

IN LIBRARY USE: Occasionally a lender will require that material be used in the library.  Patrons will be notified that the material is in the Law Library Rare Book Room on L2.

PHOTOCOPYING: Some libraries will not permit photocopying.  This will be noted on the orange book band.

NO RENEWALS:  If required, this will be noted on the orange book band.
During busy times student requests may be limited to no more than 10 requests per student per day. This is at the discretion of the Interlibrary Loan staff and supervisor.

 

Returning ILL Material

All borrowed material is to be returned to the Law Library Circulation Desk on L3.  Patrons with unreturned books or books that were damaged while in their possession will be charged replacement/repair costs determined by the lending library and in addition a $25.00 processing fee.  Charges are submitted to the Bursar.

 

Items Not Available Through Interlibrary Loan

Occasionally we are not able to obtain material that is requested.  If the title is in keeping with our Collection Development Policy we may purchase the item.  Patrons will be notified if this is the case.  If there is a problem with a citation, the patron will be referred to Reference staff for assistance.  Source citers may be encouraged to contact the author of the piece.

 

For further information contact Alison Burke (lawill@pantheon.yale.edu) at (203) 432-8021. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

Non-Yale Libraries, Organizations, and Individuals

We provide interlibrary lending and copying services to other libraries, academic institutions, government and non-profit entities as well as for-profit organizations.  We do not accept requests from individuals.  If you are not affiliated with an academic institution and wish to borrow material from the Law Library, please contact your local library to place a request. 

Contact Information:

Phone:  203-432-1640 or 432-8021
Fax:  203-432-9692
Email: lawill@pantheon.yale.edu
Ariel: 130.132.149.235

Address:
Lillian Goldman Library
Yale Law School
Interlibrary Loan
127 Wall Street
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Requesting

OCLC libraries should submit their request via OCLC.  If you are a SHARES or NELLCO member, please indicate your affiliation on your request.  Our OCLC symbol is GXR.  Please submit separate requests for each item requested.

We will also accept requests via email (lawill@pantheon.yale.edu) or via fax.

We generally lend circulating items from our catalog [http://www.law.yale.edu/library/] with the following exceptions:

-Popular DVD Collection
-Items on reserve
-Fragile items
-Pre-1875 imprints
-Reference items

Items that may be loaned or copied at our discretion:

-microfilm and microfiche
-Special collections

Loan Period

Books are usually loaned for 6 weeks (from date of shipment).  Certain items may be loaned for shorter duration.  Renewal requests are accepted and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Processing time 

Every effort is made to process requests in a timely manner.  Requests generally take 2-3 business days to process, longer for special items. 

We cannot accommodate rush requests from the for-profit community. 

Shipping

We ship via UPS and shipping costs are included in the cost of the loan.  For expedited shipping, please provide your FedEx account number on the request and specify the level of service.

International shipping is done via FedEx.  A standardized street address (no P.O. Boxes) and telephone number are required.

Photocopies may be sent either by Ariel (preferred), fax or US Mail.

Overdues

Overdue notices are sent monthly.  Items that have not been renewed or returned 60 days after the original due date will be billed for the cost of replacement plus a $25 non-refundable charge. 

Fees and Billing

NELLCO:
 Articles:   no charge
 Loans:  no charge

SHARES:
 Articles:   $10
 Loans:  $10

OCLC:
 Articles:   $20
 Loans:  $20
 International: $30

For-profit institutions (pre-payment may be required)

 Articles $40 
 Loans  $40
 International $60

Payment through OCLC’s IFM is preferred.  Checks or IFLA vouchers are also accepted.  We can not accept credit card payments at this time.  An invoice will be included with the loan or article at time of shipment for all others.  Prompt payment is requested.
 
Checks should be payable to:

Lillian Goldman Law Library/Yale Law School

Mail payment to:

Lillian Goldman Law Library
Interlibrary Loan Department
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Invoices unpaid after 60 days will incur additional fees.
Invoices unpaid after 90 days will result in a suspension of services.

Please send comments regarding this page to the Circulation Department.



Circulation & Loan

Circulation & Loan

The basic loan period is one month. Books are subject to recall after two weeks. Failure to return library materials promptly after recall may result in suspension of a user's privileges. Bound periodicals circulate for 2 weeks.

As is the case with many law libraries, a large portion of the collection is noncirculating. Among the noncirculating materials are reporters, statutes, digests, reference materials and books published prior to 1875.

Compact Shelving Guide

Compact Shelving Guide

The shelving system, used in all the stacks in the lower portions of the library, is called compact shelving because a minimum of floor space is used to house a great number of books. The stacks move left and right on a track installed in the floor. The large cranks at the end of each range can be turned either clockwise or counter-clockwise to allow access to the books in a given range. It is not necessary to move one range at a time. A group of ranges can be moved in tandem, and will glide easily on the track. To move the shelving, follow these instructions:

  • Go to the nearest range that is open. Look to see if anyone is in the open range.
  • If no one is in the range, push the red locking mechanism to the 'in' position.
  • Go back to the range you want to enter.
  • Turn the crank in the direction of the open range that you just unlocked.
  • Crank until the space between ranges is wide enough to allow you to enter.
  • Before entering the range, be certain that the red locking mechanisms on both sides of the aisle you are entering are in the 'out' position. If not, simply pull the locking mechanism out.

Remember, the locking mechanism must be in the 'out' position to keep the shelves from being closed by someone else while you are inside!

Computer Resources & Services

Computer Resources & Services

A variety of computing facilities are available in the Law Library. Workstations in the main Reading Room and on all stack levels, available to all library users, permit searching library catalogs and access to the Web for research. The computer lab and classroom just inside the lower entrance to the library (L2), limited by individual log-in to law students, offer word processing and e-mail access in addition to Web and library catalog searching. The computer classroom is available for law student use when not scheduled for instruction.

Electrical and network connections for laptop computers are available throughout the main Reading Room and in carrels in the stack levels (L4 and L5). A limited number of laptops are available for loan to law students at the Circulation Desk on a first-come first-served basis for short-term use (two hours); two laptops may be borrowed for up to five days. Laptops must be returned 30 minutes before the Circulation Desk closes.

Home-access PPP software, enabling dial-up access to e-mail and the Web, is available to law students for overnight loan from the Circulation Desk.

The computer services department occupies a suite of offices behind the computer classroom on L2. This department establishes e-mail and dial-up accounts for each law student. The staff is also available to assist students with questions concerning computer hardware and software.

Course Reserves - Request Form

Course Reserves - Request Form

At the beginning of each semester the library staff processes material requested by faculty for courses being taught during the semester. These materials are listed in Morris by the name of the course and the professor's name.

Please fill out the form below with information regarding material you would like placed on reserve. It is important to include the author's full name, the full title, publisher and the edition or year of publication.

If you are teaching a course that was offered in the past, contact Cesar Zapata for a list of materials used for the course, or any questions regarding course reserves.

Course Information
Contact Information
Book 5
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Book 6
Eli Express - Intracampus Delivery Service

Eli Express - Intracampus Delivery Service

Eli Express

Eli Express is a time-saving delivery service that allows eligible library users to have books paged from participating Yale libraries for delivery to a library chosen by the user. Deliveries are made to each library on campus twice a day Monday-Friday. Books requested for delivery to the Law Library should be available within two business days and will be held at the circulation desk.

Journals and periodicals published after 1980, noncirculating material, course reserve material, and micro texts are not eligible. Requests for rare or fragile material may be denied and restricted to use in the library that owns the material. Participating Yale libraries include Sterling, Cross Campus, Divinity, Drama, Engineering, Epidemiology and Public Health, Forestry, Geology, Kline Science, Medical, Seeley Mudd, Music, Social Science, and Law.

To request materials held by the Law Library, search and click "Request" in Morris, the Law Library catalog. Login using your NetID and follow the on-screen instructions to complete your request.

Please note this service does not include delivery to the Law Library.

For assistance with requests for delivery of Law Library materials, laweli@pantheon.yale.edu

Requests may be submitted via:

Request: via ORBIS
Renewal: via ORBIS

Notification that books have arrived is sent via e-mail.

Government Document Policies

Government Document Policies

Public Service | Internet Access | Binding | Replacement


Government Documents Collection Development Policy

The Goldman Law Library is a United States Federal Depository Library. We follow the INSTRUCTIONS TO DEPOSITORY LIBRARIES collection development guidelines. Although our selection percentage hovers around 10%, this is comparable to similarly situated academic law libraries. We work with commercial vendors, the Government Documents Center (GDC) at Mudd Library and other area depository libraries to provide patrons with access to virtually the entire catalog of U.S. government publications.

We select titles that are primary sources of law, are related to the lawmaking process or are of specific interest to our primary patrons (e.g., public policy materials). Documents unrelated to law are collected if they are general reference works (e.g. Statistical Abstract) or items in great demand by the public (e.g., Catalog of Domestic Assistance). Maps are selected sparingly to provide reference and instruction support for foreign and international legal studies. Items that are bulky or pose preservation problems (e.g., congressional hearings) are not selected from GPO. Access to these materials is provided via online sources and archival access is ensured by purchase of microform versions of these materials.

Superior reference assistance is provided to patrons using the government documents collection. To this end, we select numerous commercial finding aids, indexes and complements to the documents collection. We select some electronic or archival enhancements that allow us to supersede fragile or frequently used documents. We purchase multiple copies of items in heavy demand. The focus of the collection is on efficient and permanent access to a robust collection of law-related government documents.

We serve as a depository for records and briefs from the Supreme Court of the United States. We retain current materials in print and supersede them with commercially produced microfiche. We participate in a selective housing agreement with the GDC to accept some Canadian government publications which supplement our foreign law collection. Access to international law materials is enhanced by referring patrons to GDC’s UN and FAO depository collections. Three traditional documents areas are outside the scope of our selection: GDC provides advanced census reference; Sterling Memorial Library’s Map Collection staff provide GIS and other cartographic reference; we work with our local PTDL, the Hartford Public Library, when patrons need advanced patent resources.

Items selected for the collection are cataloged in the library’s online system. When those resources or versions of those resources (856 second indicator 0 or 1) have a PURL available from GPO at the time of cataloging, it will be added to the catalog record. Links to items without PURLs will be added only in extraordinary circumstances.

If an electronic-only document is in special demand, would be selected by the applicable subject area selector, and meets the criteria set out in the FDLP Binding Policy below, the Documents Librarian in consultation with the appropriate selector may determine that the document should be printed and bound. These documents will be laser printed, double sided, onto acid-free paper. Color plates will be printed at the discretion of the Government Documents librarian. The material will be cataloged and bound.


Daily Titles
We treat serial documents issued daily or weekly on a case-by-case basis.

CONGRESSIONAL RECORD (DAILY EDITION): We do not select the Congressional Record (Daily Edition) in paper. We provide access to the Congressional Record (Daily Edition) through GPO Access, the GDC at Mudd Library, and commercial databases (mediating searches for non-law school patrons). We do collect print indexes to the bound volumes. We purchase microform copies of the bound volumes from LLMC. We retain a complete run of the bound volumes in microform. We retain predecessor titles in print and also provide access via the Library of Congress’s American Memory project. Completion of LLMC Digital will enable us to provide online access to the full run of the Permanent Edition.

FEDERAL REGISTER: We select the Federal Register in print and retain the current two years only. We maintain a full run of the Register on microfiche from LLMC. We also provide on-site access to a historic electronic version (Vol. 1 – Vol. 51) via Hein Online and Vol. 45 – Date via Lexis and Westlaw. We provide access to Vol. 59 – Date via GPO Access. Completion of LLMC Digital will add single-source online access to the full run of the Register.

CALENDAR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES and SENATE CALENDAR OF BUSINESS
We retain the final edition of both for each congress. We use online editions as primary access.

WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS
We retain a print collection for vols. 1-36 (when GPO stopped issuing to selectives in print). For archival access, we have a complete and current run in microfiche. Primary current access is via GPO Access. We also select and retain the PUBLIC PAPERS OF THE PRESIDENTS.


Executive Branch
We select a range of documents that support research into administrative law and public policy. Our focus is on departments and agencies of interest to faculty and students, as indicated by the larger collection development policy, e.g., Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, EPA, FCC, White House and executive offices (PREX and PR) and Department of Treasury. We do not select documents that are intended as general information for the lay public. We attempt not to select “general publications” item numbers because they tend to have a large volume of materials aimed at the lay public.


Legislative Branch
We select primary sources and CBO reports. We do not select congressional hearings or reports in tangible format from GPO but print copies of Supreme Court nomination hearings will be purchased and retained. We provide on-site access to Congressional secondary materials though CIS fiche, LexisNexis Congressional and other commercial services. We select materials related to librarianship from LC and GP.


Judicial Branch
We select almost comprehensively from the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the Federal Judicial Center and the Supreme Court of the United States. We do not select Supreme Court slip opinions in tangible format. We provide immediate access to Court opinions through the Court’s web site. Print-on-demand copies of noteworthy slip opinions are provided by reference staff, although these are not retained. We select reporters from some non-article III courts.


Public Service Policy for Government Information in Electronic Format
Reference service includes assisting all patrons to locate government resources in the library’s collection and in other depository libraries. Reference service also includes assisting patrons with locating government information not currently in the FDLP. When these resources are located, they will be brought to the attention of the documents librarian who will make GPO aware of the item. This policy applies to information in both electronic and tangible formats. Reference service is provided at the same level for government information and commercial information, regardless of format.

Optical disk media are available for use in the library or for limited-term circulation. Patrons who provide their own blank media may copy government-produced CD- or DVD-ROMs. A floppy disk drive is available for loan from the reference desk. Patrons must provide their own blank disks. The public workstations in the documents area exceed the 2003 recommended specifications for non-cartographic use.

The library provides no-fee internet access to all patrons for research use. This access is unfiltered. The library limits all research sessions to 15 minutes when other patrons are waiting. All public workstations in the library have clients for FTP and telnet (and their secure equivalents) to encourage patrons to transfer information electronically to their own servers. Patrons may temporarily store files on the local drive while they are actively using the workstation. The library does not provide server access or long-term disk storage to any patron. Color and B&W printing is provided using a fee-for-print system that applies to all patrons. Public workstations are provided equally to all patrons.

The library maintains topical research pages that include links to government electronic resources. The library also provides access to commercially produced directories of electronic government information. Reference librarians provide individual research guidance and training on specific resources, e.g., GPO Access, Thomas, Criminal Justice Sourcebook CD-ROM.

Fax delivery of materials is not available. Email delivery is available, and librarians can scan non-copyrighted print or microform materials for email delivery.
This policy is based on Depository Library Public Service Guidelines For Government Information in Electronic Formats, originally published in 19(11) ADMINISTRATIVE NOTES (1998), available at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/mgt/pseguide.html.


FDLP Internet Use Policy
Patrons may access the internet to conduct legal research from any public workstation in the library. Legal research includes accessing the entire FDLP electronic collection and other databases that the library may make available. These workstations are unfiltered. There are no age or residency restrictions required for patrons to gain access to the library.

This policy is based on Depository Library Public Service Guidelines For Government Information in Electronic Formats, originally published in 20(2) ADMINISTRATIVE NOTES (1999) (updated 2003), available at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/mgt/iupolicy.html.


FDLP Binding Policy
The library binds softbound government documents when they meet all of the following criteria:
1. The item will be in active use in the reference or reference desk collection or the item will circulate heavily
2. Primary access to the item is not via an electronic equivalent (e.g. Stat. Ab – primary access is via the print copy, not the online version.)
3. The item is more than 100 pages long
4. The item will be retained in the collection indefinitely
5. The item is integrated into the main LC classified collection
Materials that do not meet all of the criteria may be bound if, in the opinion of the Documents Librarian, they will be in active use for the foreseeable future. If the library purchases additional hardbound copies of an item distributed as paperbound, the depository paperbound copy will not be rebound.


FDLP Replacement Policy
The library will attempt to acquire a suitable replacement when a document integrated into the main collection is reported missing by staff or patrons. Suitable replacements will usually be a direct replacement copy purchased from GPO, a reprint publisher or used book dealer or transferred from another library via the needs and offers process.

If a replacement is not available or reasonably priced, other existing sources already in the collection will be considered to determine if they are acceptable substitutes.

For example, we hold many commercially complied legislative histories that reprint full documents, thus an individual document that could not be easily replaced will not be replaced. We will rely instead on the reprint contained in the legislative history set.

If an item with duplicate content can not be found or purchased at a reasonable price, alternate formats (microform, electronic, bound photocopy) may be substituted. If no acceptable substitutes are available, the item will be withdrawn.

If a document that is not integrated into the main collection is reported missing, an electronic equivalent will be substituted if available. If not, the item will be withdrawn.

 
Hours & Access

Hours & Access

Academic Library Hours and Access 2010 - 2011

Library Hours
Monday - Thursday

Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Midnight (Level 3)

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Midnight (Level 2)

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Level 3)

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Level 2) Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Midnight

Circulation and Reserve Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Reference Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Please note hours change during exam times.

 
Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

Yale Law School Faculty, Students, and Staff

Interlibrary loan supports research and course-related activity of the Yale Law community by obtaining photocopies and short-term loans of materials that are not available at Yale.

 

Requests should be submitted via our web form at: http://ill.library.yale.edu/illiad/

Eligibility

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) borrowing is available to any member of the Yale Law School community – faculty, students, and staff.  If a patron needs a book or copy of an article that is not available within the Yale University Library system, library staff can attempt to borrow from another library.  We advise you to check with a reference librarian prior to completing a request form.  They can assist with locating materials within the Yale Libraries as well as locating full text electronic resources.  This would be faster than waiting for the arrival of Interlibrary Loan materials.

 

Requesting Material

Generally ILL is intended for borrowing material that is not available on this campus, however exceptions may be made. If an item is noted as missing in MORRIS or Orbis, make note of this in the Notes field, such as MORRIS says copy is missing.

  • We do not request items that are on reserve at the Law Library
  • We do not request material that is available in PDF format online
  • We will request items that patrons are not able to locate only after a search has been completed by the Circulation staff.  Please indicate this in the “Notes” field.
  • We will borrow checked-out materials only after a recall has failed.  Please indicate this in the “Notes” field.
  • Newspapers: Every effort is made to obtain pdf copies or microfilm or microfiche for a particular article. Please note obtaining copies of articles is often difficult and sometimes will result in a re-formatted copy of the required article rather than an exact duplication.

 

Delivery Timeframe

Material is generally sent by UPS or US Mail. It can take 7–10 days.  Some requests take longer and other requests may arrive in 2-3 days.  The ILL staff assumes that all material is needed in a timely manner and makes every effort to get the material to this campus in the shortest time possible.  If a request is marked by the patron as a RUSH, staff will place a priority, however there are no guarantees.

 

Notification

Students and staff will receive email notification when material arrives.  Pick up is at the Law Library Circulation Desk.  Material for faculty is delivered to their offices.  Photocopied material is sent electronically.

 

Length of Loan Period

The loan period is set by the lending library.  In most circumstances the material is loaned for 4 weeks.  The due date is marked on the orange book band.

 

Renewals

Courtesy notices are sent for all ILL material 5 days before the borrowed item is due.  Renewal requests can be sent to lawill@pantheon.yale.edu.  Please include the ILL number which is noted on the orange book band.  Library staff will contact the lending library asking permission to renew the item.  Patrons will be informed of the outcome by the library staff.

 

 

Restrictions

IN LIBRARY USE: Occasionally a lender will require that material be used in the library.  Patrons will be notified that the material is in the Law Library Rare Book Room on L2.

PHOTOCOPYING: Some libraries will not permit photocopying.  This will be noted on the orange book band.

NO RENEWALS:  If required, this will be noted on the orange book band.
During busy times student requests may be limited to no more than 10 requests per student per day. This is at the discretion of the Interlibrary Loan staff and supervisor.

 

Returning ILL Material

All borrowed material is to be returned to the Law Library Circulation Desk on L3.  Patrons with unreturned books or books that were damaged while in their possession will be charged replacement/repair costs determined by the lending library and in addition a $25.00 processing fee.  Charges are submitted to the Bursar.

 

Items Not Available Through Interlibrary Loan

Occasionally we are not able to obtain material that is requested.  If the title is in keeping with our Collection Development Policy we may purchase the item.  Patrons will be notified if this is the case.  If there is a problem with a citation, the patron will be referred to Reference staff for assistance.  Source citers may be encouraged to contact the author of the piece.

 

For further information contact Alison Burke (lawill@pantheon.yale.edu) at (203) 432-8021. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

Non-Yale Libraries, Organizations, and Individuals

We provide interlibrary lending and copying services to other libraries, academic institutions, government and non-profit entities as well as for-profit organizations.  We do not accept requests from individuals.  If you are not affiliated with an academic institution and wish to borrow material from the Law Library, please contact your local library to place a request. 

Contact Information:

Phone:  203-432-1640 or 432-8021
Fax:  203-432-9692
Email:
lawill@pantheon.yale.edu
Ariel: 130.132.149.235

Address:
Lillian Goldman Library
Yale Law School
Interlibrary Loan
127 Wall Street
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Requesting

OCLC libraries should submit their request via OCLC.  If you are a SHARES or NELLCO member, please indicate your affiliation on your request.  Our OCLC symbol is GXR.  Please submit separate requests for each item requested.

We will also accept requests via email (lawill@pantheon.yale.edu) or via fax.

We generally lend circulating items from our catalog [http://www.law.yale.edu/library/] with the following exceptions:

-Popular DVD Collection
-Items on reserve
-Fragile items
-Pre-1875 imprints
-Reference items

Items that may be loaned or copied at our discretion:

-microfilm and microfiche
-Special collections

Loan Period

Books are usually loaned for 6 weeks (from date of shipment).  Certain items may be loaned for shorter duration.  Renewal requests are accepted and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Processing time 

Every effort is made to process requests in a timely manner.  Requests generally take 2-3 business days to process, longer for special items. 

We cannot accommodate rush requests from the for-profit community. 

Shipping

We ship via UPS and shipping costs are included in the cost of the loan.  For expedited shipping, please provide your FedEx account number on the request and specify the level of service.

International shipping is done via FedEx.  A standardized street address (no P.O. Boxes) and telephone number are required.

Photocopies may be sent either by Ariel (preferred), fax or US Mail.

Overdues

Overdue notices are sent monthly.  Items that have not been renewed or returned 60 days after the original due date will be billed for the cost of replacement plus a $25 non-refundable charge. 

Fees and Billing

NELLCO:
 Articles:   no charge
 Loans:  no charge

SHARES:
 Articles:   $10
 Loans:  $10

OCLC:
 Articles:   $20
 Loans:  $20
 International: $30

For-profit institutions (pre-payment may be required)

 Articles $40 
 Loans  $40
 International $60

Payment through OCLC’s IFM is preferred.  Checks or IFLA vouchers are also accepted.  We can not accept credit card payments at this time.  An invoice will be included with the loan or article at time of shipment for all others.  Prompt payment is requested.
 
Checks should be payable to:

Lillian Goldman Law Library/Yale Law School

Mail payment to:

Lillian Goldman Law Library
Interlibrary Loan Department
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Invoices unpaid after 60 days will incur additional fees.
Invoices unpaid after 90 days will result in a suspension of services.

Please send comments regarding this page to the Circulation Department.

Laptop Printing

Laptop Printing

 

Windows 98, NT, 2000, ME, and XP

1. From the START menu, select RUN
2. Type the following: \\uniprint4\Law_Lib_L3_Reading_Rm
3. Hit "OK" - the driver will install itself, and add the printer to your list

Mac OS X (for 9.x, select through the Chooser)

1. Open Print Center application (Applications/Utilities/Print Center) and click "Add"
2. Enter "uniprint4.its.yale.edu" and un-check the box "use default queue on server"
3. At Queue Name, enter "Law_Lib_L3_Reading_Rm" and click "Add"

Mac OS 9 / Classic

1. From the apple menu, select the Chooser
2. Select the LaserWriter icon, then the ITS Print zone
3. Select the Law_Lib_L3_Reading_Rm printer and close the box

How do I print to the printer?

1. Choose file/print as you normally would, choosing the Law_Lib_L3_Reading_Rm printer (this may or may not be your default printer)
2. Go to the print station next to the elevators and login with your NetID (if you don't have a NetID, see the FAQ posted by the print station for information about creating a PrintID)
3. You will see your available funds and all jobs in the queue (not just the one you sent). Choose your job, and click on "PRINT". If you have multiple jobs, choose only one at a time. Printing is $.07 per page. Be sure to log out if the station doesn't log out for you!!

How do I add funds to my account?

2. To add funds a charge to your student account, choose "Student Account charge"
3. To add funds with a credit card, select "credit card" – NOTE that the option to add "Other Amount" is currently not functioning.
4. If you are working for a faculty member or other department, you can add an additional "cost center" to bill that department. For more information, see the heading "setup /edit cost centers".

Other print queues at YLS:

L2: yls_labprinter_1, yls_labprinter_2bw, yls_labprinter_2_color (more expensive), yls_special_paper1
L4: yls_stacks

 

Library Facilities

Library Facilities

With the completion of four years of renovation projects in September 1999, the Law Library once again fully occupies its space within the Sterling Law Buildings. The Class of 1964 Reading Room on the third floor of the law building provides plentiful reading areas and computer research workstations in a spacious environment, while the stack areas on the fourth and fifth floors (L4 and L5) have additional study space and offer spectacular views of the Reading Room. Below the main floor of the law building are two levels of library space (L1 and L2) that house the student computer lab and classroom, the Paskus-Danziger Rare Book Room, microform and audio-visual rooms, and stacks for international legal materials. The lowest level (L1) connects with a two-story annex under Beinecke Plaza (Upper East Side and Lower East Side) with extensive stack space for periodicals, state and foreign legal material, and supporting collections in history and the social sciences.

There are two entrances to the Law Library—one on the third floor at the top of the main staircase, and the other one level below the main hall at the bottom of the main staircase. The third-floor entrance leads into the main Reading Room and the upper stack levels (L4 and L5). The lower entrance gives access to computer and library space (L1 and L2) and leads to the Upper East Side (UES) and the Lower East Side (LES). A Library elevator (the one nearer the staircase) connects all levels of the library within the law building.

While many of the materials that have been stored offsite during the renovation project have been returned to the Law Library, there are still a number of books (mostly foreign law) that remain offsite. As the year progresses, some material will be transferred to the university's new Library Shelving Facility (LSF). Requests for this material can be initiated directly in MORRIS, the Law Library's online catalog.

Library Use for Persons with Disabilities

Library Use for Persons with Disabilities

The Lillian Goldman Library is committed to ensuring equitable access to all of its collections. Library users with disabilites are encouraged to contact Julian Aiken or Cesar Zapata to make arrangements for the following services:

  • Paging of books
  • Assistance with the online catalog
  • Modification of lending rules on an individual basis as needed
  • Ensuring of access to microform readers, computers and other library equipment as needed.
  • Referral to a reference librarian

Proxy Cards

Users with disabilities are eligible to obtain a proxy borrower's card from the Privileges Office at Sterling Memorial Library for a specified friend or attendant to borrow library materials on their behalf. Proxy cards for non-students/staff will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending upon the applicant's circumstances.

Public services representatives from each of the Yale libraries should be contacted with any questions regarding these services. For more information on university-level assistance for Yale students and staff with disabilities, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs.

To contact a Public Service Representative from each of the Yale libraries, click here.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Items of clothing, books, papers, notebooks and the like found in the Law Library will be held at the circulation desk for one week. After that time, all items will be taken to Building Services. Items of value, such as jewelry and wrist watches, will be turned in to Building Services immediately.

Overdue Notices

Overdue Notices

Overdue notices are sent to delinquent borrowers according to the following schedule:

First Notice: 1 week
Second Notice: 3 weeks
Third Notice: 5 weeks

If a book is not returned after 5 weeks, the borrower will be charged both the replacement cost plus a $25 non-refundable processing fee. If a book is returned after the 5 week period, the cost of the book but not the processing fee may be refunded.


Notice Codes - Explanations

OVERDUE
Item(s) listed are overdue. Please return or renew.

FINAL NOTICE
Final notice for unreturned items. Please renew immediately. If the item is not returned in one week, you will be charged the replacement cost plus a NON-REFUNDABLE processing fee of $25.00 per book.

RECALL
Another reader has requested this item. Please return it by the due date shown. Books are subject to recall after 2 weeks.

HELD
The item you requested is now available. Please present this notice at the Circulation Desk.

INTERLIBRARY LOAN
lawill@pantheon.yale.edu.
Please include the ILL number which is located on the orange book strap when making inquiries.

RENEWALS
lawcirc@pantheon.yale.edu
http://morris.law.yale.edu/patroninfo

BILLING QUESTIONS
See the head of Circulation, Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm.
julian.aiken@yale.edu

CANCELLED HOLDS
Holds are cancelled after 7 days if a patron fails to pick up material from the hold shelf. Requests may also be cancelled when items are placed on reserve.

INQUIRIES
Lillian Goldman Law Library
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Phone: (203) 432-1608
Fax: (203) 432-9692

Overdues

Overdues

If you have overdue recalled library books, you will be blocked from borrowing materials until the recalled items have been returned. Problems and questions can be directed to staff at the circulation desk.

Photocopiers

Photocopiers

There are five public photocopiers. Two are located at the Grove Street end of the main Reading Room. Others are located behind the elevator shaft on L4 of the stacks, on the UES, and on the LES. All machines contain 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper and 8-1/2 x 14 inch paper. The machines have the ability to reduce and enlarge copies.

Cost: Copies cost 15 cents per page if using cash. Copy Cards: There are vending machines located in the area of the copy machines in the Reading Room and on the UES. A card may be purchased by inserting $1.00 into the encoder. A card is dispensed with $.60 on it. The cost of buying the card is $.40. Value may be added to a card by inserting a $1, $5 or $10 bill, at which time the cost of a copy is 10 cents. Directions for use of the vendacard machines are posted on the machines. Copy cards purchased at the Law Library are good for use at all libraries on campus. Change: There is a change machine on the Upper East Side, near the copy machine.
Problems should be reported to the staff at the circulation desk.

Printing

Printing

About the Pharos Uniprint System

How do I get a printing account?

All on-line print account management functions require a PrintlD. For most users, this is their NetlD and uses the same password. Library visitors may create a PrintlD. If you do not know your NetlD or you are a visitor and need to set up a PrintlD, visit the ITS Print Account Management web page and select the appropriate link from the menu on the left.

How do I put money in my account?

There are four methods of adding funds to a print account:

  1. Student Account Billing: Yale affiliated users who have a Student Account in good standing may use it to add money to their NetID/PrintID. The amount allocated will be identified on their Student Account bill as "ITS Distributed Printing".
    Note: Student Account Charging is updated daily by Student Financial & Administrative Services (SFAS). If "Student Account Charge" does not appear as a valid payment method when you click on the "Add Funds to my Account" button on the above mention Web page, it means that you do not have Student Account Charging privileges. Questions about Student Accounts may be directed to Student Financial & Administrative Services, 432-2700.

  2. Credit Card: Yale RIS Client-Site Printing & Copying supports Visa and MasterCard transactions on the Web. To add funds to your account by charging your credit card, visit this page and click on the credit card link. The amount charged will appear on your credit card statement as Reprographics & Imaging Services-ITS. Note that the option to choose "other amount" is currently not working

  3. Cash or Check: Visit the RIS Customer Service Counter, 155 Whitney Avenue, Rear, Ground Floor,
    M-F 8:30 – 6:00, (Tel. 432-6560). NOTE: Visitors must set up a PrintID before going to 155 Whiney to add funds.

  4. Assigning UnipriNT Cost Centers to Departmental PTAEO Accounts: This section is for Yale departments using Pharos UnipriNT software. Pharos UnipriNT recovers and reports printing and copying costs per device. This method is especially useful for students doing organizational or research assistant work. For more information, consult this page.

How do I print or copy?

Print to the Canon ImageRunner 3300 from a Windows or Macintosh computer in the Reading Room as you normally would by selecting "Print" from the File/Print Menu. After sending the print job from your computer go to the Print Station located next to the elevator, across from the circulation desk. Logon the Print Station with your NetID/PrintID and password. You will now see all the jobs in the print queue and the funds available in your account. The print queue displays a user name, the name of the job, the number of pages, and how much it will cost to print it. Select the job you want to print and then click on "PRINT".

How can I print from my Mac or Windows laptop?

See this handout for step-by-step instructions. You can then print from anywhere you have a network connection, even wirelessly. NOTE: To print from an off-campus location, you should turn on your VPN connection before printing.

What if I need a refund?

If you were charged for a page that did not print or for a defective page, please contact a Computing Assistant or RIS Client-Site Printing and Copying at: 764-7015. You may also send email to yaleris@yale.edu

How much does printing cost?

8.5" X 11" Black and white laser printing costs $.07 per impression.

W A R N I N G!

For your protection, when you finish using the print station click on "EXIT" or press "ESC" to logout. Also, please be aware that many others also use this machine. Do not leave large jobs unattended.

Privileges Policy

Privileges Policy

  • The Yale Law Library is dedicated to making its legal and nonlegal resources available to members of the Yale community and other scholarly researchers.
  • Access to the Yale Law Library is a privilege granted entirely at the discretion of the Law Library, and can be revoked at any time at the Law Library’s discretion.
  • The purpose of library access by non-Yale affiliates is for research using the Law Library’s materials.  Other uses, such as consultation with clients or other commercial activities, as well as any activities that are criminal, dangerous, or disruptive to other patrons, or violative of library rules or standards of conduct, are forbidden and may result in immediate termination of library privileges.  A pass does not grant access to carrels or assigned seating, nor to Lexis or Westlaw or other restricted databases, nor to the use of library offices, telephones, or staff equipment, nor to excessive taking up of staff time.
  • Access will not be granted to “pro se” patrons.
  • Passes may be renewed upon expiration at the discretion of the Law Library.

Approved by Blair Kauffman, Law Librarian.  These policies are subject to change at any time without notice.

September 1, 2007

CATEGORY

ID REQUIRED

Yale University ID holders

Yale University ID with current year sticker

Yale University alumni

Listing in Yale Law School or Yale University alumni directory or old Yale Law School face book or other proof approved by supervisor & picture ID

Holders of Yale University Library Affiliate or Proxy Privileges Card

Current Yale University Library Affiliate or Proxy Privileges Card

Students & faculty from SHARES institutions

Current picture ID from home institution

Student & faculty from  accredited law schools

Current picture ID from home institution

Others conducting scholarly research (not pro se patrons)

Picture ID & approval by  Associate Librarian for Collections & Access or Law Librarian or other designated librarian, preferably prearranged

Attorneys

Listing on http://www.jud.ct.gov/ or other proof of attorney status & picture ID

Judges, court & government agency employees

Current court or agency ID & picture ID

Paralegals

Current letter from law firm & picture ID

People needing to use U.S. government documents

Picture ID establishing identity

Guests of Yale Law School faculty, students & staff using Law Library for extended period

Picture ID & approval by Law Librarian or Associate Librarian for Collections & Access

Visitors for brief time

Sign-in at Reading Room book monitors’ desk (tours may be signed in as a group)

Renewals

Renewals

To renew Law Library materials, click here.

Questions can be sent to lawcirc (at) pantheon.yale.edu.

If you are storing Law Library books in your assigned carrel, be sure you have a blue "authorized" slip in each book indicating that the books have been charged out. Slips are available at the circulation desk.

Books that have been requested by other readers cannot be renewed. If you have a book that has been recalled, you will be blocked from renewing and borrowing any materials until the requested item has been returned.

Reserve materials must be renewed in person with the material in hand.

Please send comments and questions to the Circulation Department.

Reserves

Reserves

Library material that is part of the reserve collection (located at the circulation desk on L3) may be used for three hours and renewed if there is no demand for the material. Should a patron wish to use this material outside of the Library, it may be charged out after 6:00 p.m. to be returned by 9:00 a.m. the following day. This includes Permanent Reserve material and Faculty Reserve material. The reserve collection also includes laptop computers, which are available to Yale law students only. The same reserve restrictions apply.

Restrooms

Restrooms

UES Single unisex restroom located near the staircase leading to the LES.
L2 Separate men's and women's rooms located behind the computer classroom.
RR Third floor outside the Library. Men's on Grove Street side, Women's on Wall Street side. Electronic key access necessary.
L4 Separate men's and women's rooms. North end of floor.
L5 Separate men's and women's rooms. North end of floor.

All restrooms are handicapped accessible.

Routing Requests

Routing Requests

For questions about this service, please contact the Law Library Technical Services Serials Department:

Serials Services

Lillian Goldman Law Library

PO BOX 208326

New Haven, CT 06520

Fax: 203-432-7940

Email: lawlib.ejournals@yale.edu

Contact Information
Self-check

Self-check

Two self-check machines allow qualified borrowers to check out circulating books on their own. One self-check machine is located at the circulation desk on L3; the other is on the Upper East Side.

Source Cite Procedure

Source Cite Procedure

A designate from the journal planning a source cite is required to sign up for the use of a source cite area and make arrangements with the circulation staff to sign out all Law Library books needed for the source cite.

The circulation staff will create a patron record including the name and e-mail address of the article editor. For example:

Yale Law Journal/(article author)
C/o (name of article editor)
Firstname.lastname@yale.edu

The article editor is responsible for all books charged out, including returning them and responding to recall notices. According to Law Library policy any patron who has not returned books after 5 weeks will be charged replacement costs plus a $25.00 processing fee. Please note that failure to return recalled books prevents further borrowing of Law Library materials.

Use of the Collection
In an effort to provide equitable access to our materials we request that Supreme Court Reporters, Federal Reporters and the Federal Supplement be gathered from the stacks. Further we ask that materials shelved in the Reading Room be charged out to a source cite and returned to the circulation desk for check in at the end of the evening. Please note that there is now a set of U.S. Reports in the Periodical Reading Room.

Eli Express
Books from other libraries on the Yale campus must be borrowed and returned by the individual who borrows the books for the source cite. The library staff will not borrow books through Eli Express for source cites. Books must be returned directly to the campus library from which they were borrowed. If you need assistance with returning large numbers of books to other campus libraries, please speak with the staff at the circulation desk. The Law Library staff is unable to intercede with questions regarding fines from other libraries on this campus.

Interlibrary Loan
Books and copies of articles needed for source cites may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) if the material is not available at any of the Yale Libraries. It is important to include specific citations and allow 7-10 days for delivery. Questions can be directed to lawill @ pantheon.yale.edu.

Books borrowed through ILL will be charged out only to the person whose name appears on the orange band. This person is responsible for the book until it is returned and checked in at the circulation desk.

** There is a fee for lost or damaged ILL books. Fees are determined by the lending library. There is an additional $25.00 processing fee. **

Newspapers
Copies of newspaper articles are often requested through ILL.  Every effort is made to obtain pdf copies, microfilm or microfiche for a particular citation.  Please note that obtainin copies of articles is often difficult and sometimes will result in a re-formatted copy of a required articles rather than an exact duplication.  If this is not acceptable, another alternative would be to seek a copy of the material from the author of the article.  Before ordering a newspaper article through ILL, check both Orbis and the Yale Journals and Newspapers website.

Reserve Material
Use of reserve material for source cites is subject to the usual rules and regulations. All reserve items must be signed out by an individual and that individual is responsible for returning the material on time and for payment for any lost or damaged material plus a $25.00 processing fee.

Book Carts
You are welcome to use library carts for transporting books to the circulation desk for check out and then to the source cite room. We ask that books be stored on the shelves or on your journal carts. Law Library carts are needed by library staff on a daily basis.

Signing Out Books
Signing out the large numbers of books often needed for a source cite is time consuming. Please allow enough time for this procedure.

Shelves in the Source Cite Areas
We have set aside shelves in the source cite areas for storing books. It is important to label the shelves with the name of the journal, name of the lead editor and the date. The library staff does not assign shelves. At this time space is available in the source cite room on L3, the Lower East Side (LES), and the Upper East Side (UES).

We ask that books no longer needed be returned to either circulation desk for check in as soon as possible. The shelf space is limited.

Tables in the Source Cite Areas
We request that tables in the source cite areas be cleared following each source cite.

Re-shelving
When a source cite has been completed, the books should be loaded onto a book cart with a note indicating that the material is ready for check in. The cart is to be rolled to the circulation desk on L3 or the Upper East Side (UES). The library staff will re-shelve the books once they have been checked in.

Food and Beverage
Food is not permitted in the library at any time. Beverage is permitted in an authorized spill proof container.

Stacks

Stacks

There are 5 levels of stacks in the law library.

L1 is where the Foreign and International collection is located.

The East Side is accessible by exiting the elevator on L1 and walking through the Foreign and International Collection and through another corridor. At the end of the corridor is the Upper East Side (UES) and to the left is a staircase leading to the Lower East Side (LES).

L3 is the Reading Room.

L4 and L5 are accessible by the stairs near the Reading Room book monitor and the elevator.

Stack guides are available at the Reference and Circulation Desks as to locations of the various classifications.

Study Carrels

Study Carrels

The Library has study carrels for all second- and third-year J.D. students, as well as for LL.M. and J.S.D. students. Carrels are assigned in the fall, according to preference as much as possible, through the Library Administrative Office in Room 300. First-year J.D. students have open table seating in the Reading Room on the third floor of the Library and scattered seating throughout the rest of the Library.

Who may borrow

Who may borrow

Borrowing privileges are extended only to those with valid University identification cards or a green-rimmed Yale University Library privileges card. Material can be charged out at the circulation desk in the Reading Room on L3. There are also two self-check modules: one on L3 at the circulation desk, and one on the Upper East Side.