Library

Borrowing Books & Other Materials

Book Paging Service 

To minimize handling of print materials, the NYU Law Library stacks are closed. As of the Spring 2021 semester, print Law Library materials are accessible only by online request and in-person pick-up.

  • When viewing a print item in Julius catalog, click on the "Place Hold" icon (top navigation bar). You will be prompted for your name and University ID. Click "submit" to finish the request. If the "Place Hold" option is unavailable or this is confusing, please send an email to our circ_questions@mercury.law.nyu.edu.
  • You will receive an email when your book is ready for pickup at the Circulation Desk. Pickup time can vary due to staff shortages and the time needed to quarantine print material between patrons. Please plan on between 2 to 4 business days. 
  • As of this time, the book paging service is only available for NYU Law students faculty and staff.
  • Please verify that the book has a status of "available," before placing a page request. 
  • Interlibrary loan is available for items not owned by NYU Law Library. 
  • The SCAN4ME service is available for scanning of book chapters and articles in our print collection that are not available electronically. See SCAN4ME page to learn more about the service.
  • Please be aware that the NYU Libraries have a deep collection of ebooks, many of which can be accessed by using Law Library's Julius catalog and Bobst Library's Bobcat catalog. Please also refer to our Finding Books Research Guide, which includes detailed instructions on finding ebooks.

Borrowing Privileges

Current NYU Law Faculty, students and staff can borrow circulating print items in the Law Library print collection. Only visitors who have a Visiting Faculty Appointment by the Global Personnel Committee or who are sponsored by Law School Faculty may receive borrowing privileges. Such visitors should fill out  Application for Checkout Privileges for Visitors. 

NYU Law students have borrowing privileges at Bobst Library. Law students should place requests for print books in Bobst Library via the Bobcat catalog. The Library Collection Access page on the Bobst Library website details the available delivery options for Library material not owned electronically.

Loan Periods

Loan periods vary by type of print material. NYU Law students may check out:

  • Most open-stack books: one month 
  • Reserve and course materials: 2 hours

Some print materials in the Law Library are non-circulating, including looseleaf services and primary law materials (e.g., case reporters and statutes). Inquire at the circulation desk for more details on which items circulate and applicable lending periods.

Returns

Return print items to the circulation desk (the desk as you come into Vanderbilt Hall). To check due dates of items you have checked out, check your Julius account. If you need a special accomodation to return your Law Library items—particularly given the challenges of the pandemic, please email circ_questions@mercury.law.nyu.edu

Renewals

You may renew open-stack books from your Julius account (first renewal only), in person, or by calling (212) 998-6312. Reserve materials may be renewed twice, in person only. You may not renew a book if another patron has placed a recall for the item. 

Julius Account

Log into your Julius account to see Law Library items you have checked out, check due dates, renew items, view fines and more. 

Recalls

All circulating Law Library materials are eligible for recall by another borrower. A book checked out for a 4-week period will not be recalled during the first 14 days of the 4 week period. Upon recall, a borrower has 2 days to return the book. If the item is not returned by this new due date, overdue fines will begin to accrue based on the new due date.

Overdue Fines 

It is your responsibility to renew or return Law Library items in accordance with the applicable lending period. Overdue items are charged fines as follows. Inquire at the circulation desk for overdue fines for other types of items. 

  • Open-stack books are charged .25 per day
  • Reserve and late overnight checkouts are charged $0.25 per hour

Charges for Lost Items

Law Library items not returned within set periods will be deemed lost (e.g., open-stack items not returned 28 days after return date and reserve items not returned in 10 days). Patrons in these instances will be charged:

  • Cost of replacing the item
  • Processing fee ($25) and
  • Billing service charge fee ($25)

If you return the lost Law Library item within two weeks of the issuance of the invoice for the lost item, the replacement cost and the processing fee will be waived but not the billing service charge fee ($25). If you do not return the item within two weeks, the bill is considered final and all costs and fees must be paid in full. 

Email circ_questions@mercury.law.nyu.edu for questions or concerns relating to fees and charges on your account. We understand that challenges relating to the pandemic have created complications for patrons.