Carrels around the Library are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Law Library loans materials to current students, faculty and staff of the University of Baltimore and other campuses in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) consortium. The consortium includes the following institutions:
Books borrowed from any USMAI library may also be returned at any USMAI library. If you are affiliated with the University of Baltimore School of Law and borrow items from other campuses, you are subject to the circulation policies and fines imposed by the lending USMAI library, not the University of Baltimore Law Library. Fines and charges must be paid to the lending USMAI library.
To become a registered borrower, you must have a USMAI I.D., validated for the current semester. Non-UB students should register at their home campus.
You need to register only once to be able to borrow at all campuses. However, the length of time your registration is valid varies from campus to campus. Registration for current UB Law students is valid for approximately one semester.
The Law Library extends borrowing privileges to University of Baltimore and UMBC alumni. (University of Baltimore alumni should obtain an alumni card from the Alumni Services Office for verification purposes.)
Materials loaned to University of Baltimore and other USMAI students, as well as University of Baltimore Law adjunct faculty, are due approximately at the end of the current semester. These patrons may renew items twice.
University of Baltimore and UMBC alumni may borrow University of Baltimore Law Library items for 21 days and renew them up to three times. (University of Baltimore alumni should obtain an alumni card from the Alumni Services Offices for verification purposes.)
All borrowers may renew items either online, by phone or in person.
Circulating materials are subject to recall if requested by another patron. Borrowers are required to return recalled items within 14 days of notification.
Each library in USMAI charges overdue fines and fees in accordance with that institution's policies. The University of Baltimore Law Library maintains the following schedule of fines and charges:
There are two Student Computer Labs located on the fourth floor of the Law Library, in Rooms 426 and 426A (see the back of this guide for a map).The lab is open during Library hours. Only current faculty, students and staff may use the labs. Users must obtain a network computer account from Room 002 in the Business Center. There is currently no policy in effect for reserving time on the computers in the labs. The Law Library reserves the right to establish a reservation policy if warranted by heavy lab usage. Such a policy will favor current University of Baltimore Law School students, as many of the materials they need to use are not permitted to be removed from the Law Library.
Several conference rooms are available for use by University of Baltimore Law School students, faculty and staff. Priority is given to groups of two or more persons. Generally, use of the rooms is on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals and study groups cannot reserve conference rooms.
The Law Library is for serious research and study. Patrons are expected to maintain a quiet atmosphere by refraining from loud conversation in all areas of the library. Persons disturbing other patrons, whether by talking to a neighbor or on a cell phone, will be asked to take their conversations to a library conference room, to the cell phone booth on the 3rd Floor, the phone booth on the 4th Floor, or to the lobby outside the library.
We cannot conduct actual research, provide legal advice or interpret cases and statutes. Some examples of this are:
Books should be treated with care and should be reshelved after use as a courtesy for other users. Books “saved” overnight on tables and in carrels will be reshelved without prior notice. Law students please note:the following conduct constitutes a violation of the Law School Honor Code:
.... Misuse of any Library materials, of any description whatever, by intentionally marking, mutilating, hiding or damaging them, or by removing them from the Library without authorization by the Library staff. (Article IV 4)