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Access Policy 

General Access

The Law Library is primarily for the use of students, faculty and staff of Widener Law Commonwealth.

Alumni and members of the bench and bar are welcome to use the law library when it is open and are not limited to the public hours. Use of the law library is for legal research purposes and is not intended for meetings, including client meetings, of any kind. Upon arrival, please call Campus Safety at 717.541.3948 and present a valid photo ID and bar membership card.  You must sign the visitor’s log.

Members of the public are welcome to use the law library Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Use is restricted to the law library on the main floor, for legal research purposes only. Upon arrival, call Campus Safety at 717.541.3948 and present a valid photo ID. You must sign the visitor’s log. 

Guests, speakers, and other visitors may be granted access to the law library for a variety of educational purposes. Upon arrival, call Campus Safety at 717.541.3948 and present a valid photo ID. Your host will have submitted your name to Campus Safety for inclusion on our daily Visitor Log.   

Special circumstances may require changes or alterations in law library admittance hours. Members of the public, alumni, members of the bench and bar, and all others should review the Building Access Information and hours before coming to campus.

Collaboration/Study Rooms

Study rooms are restricted to students, alumni studying for the bar exam, faculty, and staff of Widener Law Commonwealth. 

While study rooms are available on a first come first serve basis, reservations are needed for groups in the large collaboration room and the library classroom/wireless lab. The large collaboration room can be reserved online. If you wish to reserve the library classroom/wireless lab, contact the Registrar’s Office. Other rooms may be reserved on a case by case basis and must be approved by the library in advance. Student organizations should coordinate with Dean Teplitz and the library if other study rooms wish to be reserved.

Classes may not be held in the Law Library unless they are affiliated with Widener University and approved by the library in advance.

Resources

Commercial databases are for use by students, faculty and staff of Widener Law Commonwealth.

Off-campus access to the library databases is restricted to law school students, faculty and staff. Login requires the barcode number on the back of your Widener ID card.

Patrons are permitted to use designated computers to search the library catalog and access free resources. Assistance is provided as needed.

Library personnel can assist with research but will not conduct research on behalf of patrons. 

There is a fee for making photocopies or printing.

Borrowing Policy

The collection of the Law Library is intended primarily for legal research. For that reason, many of the materials do not circulate so that they will be available to all who use the collection.

Students, faculty, and staff of Widener Law Commonwealth, Delaware Law School, and Widener University are entitled to borrow circulating items. 

Law school alumni may obtain a Library Card and borrow up to six items. Members of the bench and bar may also obtain a Library Card and may borrow up to three circulating items.

Library materials may be renewed by logging into your library account.

Patron Code of Conduct

The mission of the Law Library is to serve the students, faculty, and staff of Widener Law Commonwealth. 

To provide a safe and respectful environment that is free of disruptive behavior for collaborative and individual study and research, the Law Library expects all library users to abide by the following code of conduct:

  • Patrons may not remove library items without proper checkout.
  • Library study rooms and classrooms are for the use of Widener Law Commonwealth students, alumni studying for the bar exam, faculty, and staff. Group study has priority over individual use of a study room.  Do not leave items unattended in a study room.
  • Beverages in spill-proof or closed containers are permitted in the library. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the library.  In the event of a spill, please notify a staff person.  Food is permitted in the library.  Please be mindful of your fellow patrons, however, and avoid bringing in items with strong odors.
  • Noisy or extended conversations in person are discouraged in the library. Cell phone conversations are permitted in the lobby of the building.  Cell phone rings should be silenced while in the library.
  • The library is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items. Personal belongings should not be left unattended.  Campus Safety maintains a lost and found.
  • Children are not to be left unattended in the library.
  • Disruptive behavior by anyone in the library may be referred to Campus Safety and can lead to removal from the library. Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to:  excessively loud conversation; cell phone conversations held within the library; interference with another’s use of the library; and display of sexually explicit images on computer screens.

Collection Development

Collection development is the foundation on which the library achieves its mission of providing legal information to students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the bench and bar. Our Collection Development Policy provides guidelines for the continued development of the collection. Selection of materials is made within the context of institutional goals and in compliance with standards promulgated by the American Bar Association (ABA) and Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The policy is reviewed periodically and revised as required.

Library Gift and Donation Policy

The Widener Law Commonwealth Library considers all offers of gifts of materials; however, we will only accept donations of material we believe will enhance our collection. Once accepted, a gift becomes the property of the Law Library and its disposition is determined by the Law Library.

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Information Desk: 717.541.3933
Email: [email protected]

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