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Access Policy

Access to the Widener Law Commonwealth Library is primarily for the use of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Widener University.

Visitors may use the library during designated hours for research purposes. 

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

Only Law School students, faculty and staff may use Lexis and Westlaw for educational purposes only.

The library does not perform Lexis or Westlaw searches on behalf of patrons.

Inside the library, any user may access selected resources available through the online databases.

Off-campus access to the library databases is restricted to Law School students, faculty and staff. Login requires the number printed above the barcode on the back of the Widener ID.

Visitors are permitted to use designated computers to search the library catalog, and access selected databases. Assistance in searching the online catalog or accessing the available resources is provided by reference librarians as needed.

There is a fee for making photocopies or printing.

Alumni, members of the bar, and other visitors should review the Building Access information before coming to campus.

Borrowing Policy

The collection of the Law Library is intended primarily for legal research. For that reason, the majority 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 and Widener University are entitled to borrow circulating items.

Law School alumni may obtain an alumni card and may borrow up to six items. Members of the bar may obtain a visitor's 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 faculty, students, and staff of the Law School. We also welcome visitors who wish to conduct legal research.

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. Checkout privileges are extended to Widener Law Commonwealth students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Members of the bar may also obtain borrowing privileges.

  • Library study rooms are for the use of Widener Law Commonwealth students and faculty. 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 study rooms and 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 outside the designated locations
    • Interference with another’s use of the library
    • 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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