The primary function of the Georgia State University Law Library is to serve the teaching, research and scholarly activities of faculty, students and staff. To best fulfill this mission, access controls and restrictions are in effect.
The Georgia State University Law Library is open to visitors during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Access to the Law Library outside of regular business hours is limited to:
Visitors that do not belong to one of these groups will be required to exit the library at the close of regular business hours.
Anyone with a PantherCard is required to show it to gain admittance. All other visitors must present a photo ID at the security guard station at the Law Library entrance, sign-in and state the reason for the visit. IDs may be held at the security station while visitors are in the Library, and visitors will be issued a visitor badge. After hours visitors including University System of Georgia, ARCHE affiliates, state bar members, Georgia State Alumni Association members, ABA accredited law school members, and State of Georgia employees, must leave an institutional ID with security for access outside of regular business hours. All visitors must sign out, collect IDs, and return visitors badges upon exiting the Law Library.
For further information about access to the Georgia State University Law Library, please contact Library Administration at 404-413-9140.
The Law Library will institute a restricted access policy during the law school final exam period. The dates for restricted hours are located on the Hours page. During the law school final exam period access will be restricted to:
During that time, other researchers can use the Fulton County Law Library located at 185 Central Avenue, on the 7th floor of the Justice Center Tower. Their hours of Operation are from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Note: you may enter from 141 Pryor Street or 185 Central Avenue.
Researchers wishing to use government documents must request access to the library at least 24 hours prior to their visit. Access may be requested by calling Austin Williams at 404-413-9162. Each approved visitor will be granted one hour of access.
Patrons of the Law Library have the right to expect:
To ensure Library patrons' rights, the Law Library strictly enforces Federal, State, local, and University rules governing behavior in public spaces. In addition, the Law Library has established Library-specific policies to protect patrons' rights within the Law Library. All patrons of the Law Library will refrain from the activities listed below:
For violation of Federal, State, local policies for conduct in public spaces, or violation of the University Code of Conduct, Honor Code, or the Law Library Conduct Policy, whether a member of the Georgia State University community or not, appropriate action will be taken.
The Law Library has made these public computing workstations available to its users for assistance with their legal research endeavors.
It will be considered a violation of this policy to use the public access stations for any of the following:
Members of the Georgia State University community are also bound by all computing policies of the University, including the University Information Systems Use Policies.
All Law Library staff members have the authority and the responsibility to enforce this policy.
Law Library circulating materials generally circulate for four weeks. The due date is stamped or written on a bookmark provided when the item is checked out.
Materials checked out to GSU Faculty are due at the end of the academic year they originally circulated (June 15).
The Library charges the following fines for those materials kept past their due date:
GSU faculty do not pay fines for overdue Law Library items
Patrons are blocked if they have either:
Beginning the first full week the items are overdue, an overdue notice is sent to the patron. Two additional notices are sent at 14 day intervals if the items are still not returned.
If the items are not returned within one month of the due date, an invoice is sent to the patron. The invoice will list charges for the overdue fine, replacement cost of the item, and a $20.00 processing fee.
If the overdue item is not returned after the fourth and final notice or if the overdue charge has not been paid by the end of the quarter or semester in which the item was borrowed, the patron's academic records will be blocked through the Registrar's Office.
Materials may be renewed if no one else has placed a hold on the items. Patrons may renew:
Items placed on reserve are listed on GIL by their class number and professor.
Reserve items can be checked out for three hours at a time. Only two Reserve items may be checked out for a three hour period. The items can be renewed after a one hour waiting period.
GSU students must use their student IDs to check out Reserve materials.
Other patrons must present a driver's licenses or other valid form of identification.
Reserve books and audio tapes can be checked out for overnight use, two hours prior to closing. Items are due back the next day one hour after the Library opens.
Any patron with borrowing privileges may place a hold on an item that is checked out. When the item is returned, Circulation notifies the patron with the hold request. The held item is placed on the hold shelf for one week for the patron to pick up.
The College of Law Library provides group study rooms to currently enrolled Georgia State College of Law students. The primary purpose of these rooms is to provide a place for students to engage in collaborative and cooperative study in small groups.
Cooperation and courtesy are appreciated. Patrons who intentionally and repeatedly violate this policy risk being banned from reserving a group study room for one semester.
Recognizing that a comfortable study environment requires a food and drink policy that is not overly restrictive, the COL Library will be enforcing the following food and drink policy. We depend on our students, faculty, alumni, and other visitors to the Library to be responsible and follow these guidelines, in the hopes that everyone can enjoy their experience while visiting. The Library staff reserves the right to require that a patron consume food outside of the Library if that patron’s food consumption is disturbing the study environment for other Library patrons.
All containers must have secure lids to prevent spilling.
Eat judiciously—use good judgment and respect other patrons when consuming food in the Library. You may eat finger foods or snack foods, so long as they are not likely to damage the collection or the facilities—avoid foods that are sticky, greasy, drippy, smelly, etc.—or disruptive for other patrons—avoid foods that are distracting, noisy, smelly, etc. See the Examples chart below. Unattended food will be removed and discarded. Outside delivery of food to the Library is not permitted.
To help this policy work, we ask that you be considerate of your fellow patrons and clean up after yourself. In the event of a spill, please clean up your mess. If you need assistance cleaning up the mess, please contact the circulation desk. Please dispose of food garbage in the waste cans outside the Library; we hope this will help us avoid attracting insects to the Library.
|Granola bars||Ice cream|
|Grapes or raisins||Soups & Salads|
|Cookies||Food requiring utensils|
Note: Food and drink are not allowed in the computer lab.
Chat Reference Service is available at Georgia State University College of Law Library. The service is provided primarily for the Georgia State University community, particularly those affiliated with the College of Law. Other users are welcome to use the Chat Reference Service for questions dealing specifically with the College of Law and its collections. If the volume of chat reference request from other users becomes too heavy, the College of Law Library reserves the right to restrict service.
The Chat Reference Service is designed to assist library users with brief research questions, such as how to find information on a particular topic using the library’s online catalog or electronic resources. The Chat Reference Service is best suited to questions that may be answered using electronic resources. More complex questions, such as those requiring in-depth knowledge of a subject or resource, may require the librarian to suggest an alternative method of communication, such as an in-person reference appointment.
The Chat Reference Service will help users identify and use appropriate resources to answer questions. Members of the Georgia State University community may use the Chat Reference Service to receive instructions about accessing electronic databases or renewing books through GIL; however the Service will not renew, recall, or retrieve books or library materials based or provide document delivery services on chat requests. Verification of incomplete citations, requests for legal, medical, financial, or tax advice, and similar requests will not be answered by the Chat Reference Service.
The Georgia State University College of Law Library respects the privacy of users, but cannot guarantee the confidentiality of files, electronic mail, or other information transmitted or stored electronically. We will collect data on each transaction, as well as save each chat log, for evaluation of use, timing of use, to improve the quality of service or for educational or research purposes.
The College of Law Library is committed to providing all patrons with the best possible access to the facilities, collections, and services. The Library will reasonably augment services for patrons who identify themselves as in need of ADA accommodation. The services are primarily designed to support the College of Law educational mission.
For disabled parking, contact the library Circulation Desk (404-413-9100) in advance of your visit to arrange to use the B Lot (under the Urban Life building) and take the elevator to the first floor (College of Law). The Library complies with Georgia State University guidelines established for ADA access to facilities, including entry and egress routes, restrooms, drinking fountains, furnishings, and signage.
Due to the sponsorship of the Office of Disability Services, the Library is able to provide an Assistive Technology Room, including a computer operating Zoomtext and JAWS software, a CCTV, a scanner, and a Braille printer. Library staff are familiar and able to assist with basic operation of the ADA-enhanced equipment. Students seeking in-depth training are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services. College of Law students, faculty, and staff have priority for the use of the Assistive Technology room when access is in question.
Patrons requiring assistance retrieving items from the collection or using photocopiers are encouraged to contact the Circulation Desk (404-413-9100) to pre-arrange these services. Patrons requesting orientation, research consultation, or referrals to campus and off-campus resources are encouraged to contact the Reference Desk (404-413-9102) to pre-arrange these services. If your disability is not apparent, please identify yourself as having a disability when you seek assistance.
If you have a question about disability accommodations or would like to request an additional accommodation, please contact the Associate Director for Public Services at 404-413-9142. We will review your request and make any accommodation that we reasonably can, given our budget and staff.
Thanks for being a member of Georgia State University College of Law Library’s online community. The Law Library welcomes your contributions to its Wordpress Blog (e.g. comments, links, etc.). Your views and opinions are what make the Law Library such an amazing place! However, please note that community-contributed content on the Blog is the opinion of the specific author and does not represent the views, opinions, or policies of the Law Library, the College of Law, or Georgia State University.
The Law Library abides by Wordpress’s Terms of Service, to the extent permitted by applicable law, and the Law Library asks its contributors to do the same. The Law Library reserves the right, but is not obligated, to remove comments that contain commercial solicitations; are factually erroneous/libelous; are wildly off-topic; that cannot be translated into English by Google Translate or other free online translation software; or that otherwise violate applicable law.
Additionally, for current Georgia State University faculty, staff, and students, please remember that your use of the Law Library’s Blog is be subject to the University’s Student Code of Conduct and Administrative Policies and Procedures and Information Systems Use Policies, as may be applicable.
Georgia State University College of Law Library thanks you in advance for your contributions to the Law Library’s Blog, and for your help in creating a safe and energetic place for supporters of the Law Library to interact.
Thanks for being a member of Georgia State University College of Law Library’s online community. The Law Library welcomes your contributions to its Facebook Page (e.g. comments, photo tagging, wall posts, etc.). Your views and opinions are what make the Law Library such an amazing place! However, please note that community-contributed content on the Page is the opinion of the specific author and does not represent the views, opinions, or policies of the Law Library, the College of Law, or Georgia State University.
The Law Library abides by Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, to the extent permitted by applicable law, and the University asks its Facebook Fans to do the same. In particular, please do not “post unauthorized commercial solicitations (such as spam)”; “bully, intimidate, or harass any user”; “post content that is hateful, threatening, pornographic, or that contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence”; or “do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory” on the Law Library’s Facebook Page.
Georgia State University reserves the right, but is not obligated, to remove comments that contain commercial solicitations; are factually erroneous/libelous; are wildly off-topic; that cannot be translated into English by Google Translate or other free online translation software; or that otherwise violate Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Facebook encourages all users to utilize the “Report” links when they find abusive content.
Additionally, for current University faculty, staff, and students, please remember that your use of the Law Library’s Facebook Page may be subject to the University’s Student Code of Conduct and Administrative Policies and Procedures and Information Systems Use Policies, as may be applicable.
Georgia State University College of Law Library thanks you in advance for your contributions to the Law Library’s Facebook Page, and for your help in creating a safe and energetic place for supporters of the Law Library to interact.
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