Circulation of Library Materials

Book Pickup

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

  • NYU Law students, when viewing a book in Julius, can click on the "PLACE HOLD" icon to submit requests.  If the "place hold" option is unavailable, please direct an inquiry to
  • You will be notified by email when your book is ready for pickup at the  Circulation Desk. 
  • Please note that delivery can take between 2-4 business days, due to staff shortages and time needed to quarantine print material between patrons. 
  • Circulation-related questions can be directed to the Circulation Desk at

Requirements for Borrowing Library Materials

  • Current, valid New York University identification card
  • An NYU email address
    Students who want to receive their email at a non-NYU email address should enable Mail Forwarding from their NYU Home Account. (Go to Preferences, edit Mail Forwarding, and enter the email address where you wish to receive email)
  • Borrowing privileges expire upon graduation
  • Borrower must register at the Circulation Desk
    • Incoming law students are automatically registered. You must have your ID barcode scanned at Circulation Desk to activate registration.
    • Other NYU students must register at the Circulation Desk each Fall.
    • Registrations expire on the last day of exams for the Spring semester, and become active again at the beginning of the Fall semester.


  • Visitors need to fill out an Application for Checkout Privileges for Visitors.
  • In order for a Visitor to have circulation privileges, s/he must either have a Visiting Faculty Appointment by the Global Personnel Committee, or be sponsored by Law School Faculty.

Loan Periods

  • Open stack books - 4 weeks
  • Reserve materials - 2 hours
  • Media Center - Dependent on material
  • Overnight - Dependent on material

Borrowers should return library materials to the desk from which they were checked out and hand them to a library assistant. Borrowers who choose to return materials by placing them on the counter will be held responsible for them until they are properly checked in by library staff.


  • Stack books may be renewed online (first renewal only), in person, or by telephone at: (212) 998-6312.
  • Reserve books may be renewed twice, in person only.
  • Media Center materials may be renewed in person only.
  • A book may not be renewed if another borrower has placed a hold on it.

Overdue Fines

  • Stack books: $0.25 per day
  • Reserve and Overnight checkouts: $0.25 per hour
  • Media center:
    $0.25 per day for daily loan
    $0.25 per hour for hourly loan

Notices and Bills

Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy to the borrower. It is the borrower's responsibility to renew or return items to the library. Failure to return or renew library materials by the stated due date will begin the overdue procedure.

Notification Schedule for Open Stack Books

  • 3 days before due date - reminder (courtesy notice)
  • 1 day late - 1st notice to borrower
  • 7 days late - 2nd notice
  • 14 days late - 3rd notice
  • 28 days late - Bill sent to borrower

Notification Schedule for Reserve and Media Center items

  • 1 day late - 1st notice to borrower
  • 4 days late - 2nd notice
  • 7 days late - 3rd notice
  • 10 days late - Bill sent to borrower

Borrower Charges

  • Borrower charges until a bill is sent: accrued fines.
  • Borrower charges after a bill is sent:
    Replacement fee per item (based on replacement cost), plus
    $25 processing fee per item, plus
    $25 billing service charge per item.
  • Borrowers will have 2 weeks from the date of the bill to return the item.
  • If the item is returned within this period, the borrower's replacement and processing fees will be waived and s/he will only be responsible for the billing service charge fee.

  • If the item is not returned within this period, the bill is final and fees must be paid in full.

  • Payment of fees should be made at the Circulation Desk by check or with exact change.

Viewing Your Circulation Record

Library patrons may view their circulation records to see if library materials are currently checked out to them, or if they have any monies owing the library. You will be prompted to enter your name and university ID in order to see your record.

View your circulation record


All circulating 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.