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School of Law

Borrowing Materials & Interlibrary Loan

Circulating Materials

Law Library materials may be used by the public within the library. Members of the Elon Law School community may borrow circulating materials. As primarily a research library, most of the collection is non-circulating. However, some monographs and treatises may be checked out for a four week period by the discretion of the Associate Dean for Library & Information Services. Course Reserve materials may be checked out for four hours. Videotapes and DVD’s may be borrowed for three days. Please see the Circulation Paraprofessional for more information.

Non-Circulating Materials

Non-circulating titles must be used within the physical confines of the Law Library and cannot be charged out at any time. Materials that do not circulate include ready-reference materials, microforms, loose-leaf materials, rare books, periodicals, newsletters, volumes from multi-volume sets, federal and state codes, regulations, and reporters.

Interlibrary Loan

If a title cannot be found in the Elon Law Library, its library staff will be glad to locate it in another law library for your convenience, as long as you are a member of the Elon Law community.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests may be made via the Elon Law website, through the Circulation Paraprofessional at the Circulation Desk or by e-mailing the Circulation Paraprofessional at jditalia@elon.edu. Any costs for obtaining interlibrary loan materials will be charged to the interested patron.

Students will be notified via e-mail when titles arrive; ILL’s for faculty members will be delivered to their respective offices.

The loan period for ILL materials is determined by the lending library. This period is typically from two weeks to a month. Materials must be returned to the Circulation Desk on or before the specified due date, or fines will be charged to the affected patron. If a title is needed longer that the loan period allows, it may be renewed at the Circulation Desk or via e-mail. Renewals are not guaranteed as they are determined by the lending library.

Interlibrary loans are subject to recall if the lending library needs the title returned before the said loan period. Patrons will be notified via e-mail if a title is recalled.

All ILL materials are subject to fines for damaged books, late returns and lost items. Fines are typically determined by the lending library, but additional charges determined by Elon Law may be billed for processing.

Please see the Circulation Paraprofessional or the Reference/Access Services Librarian with any questions or concerns.


Renewals may be placed on all circulating materials if no holds are pending on those materials. A title may be renewed at the Circulation Desk or online.  To renew online go to My Record.


Holds may be placed on any circulating materials that are currently charged out to another patron. Hold requests may be made by e-mailing the Circulation Paraprofessional for any materials that are not needed immediately.


All library materials are subject to recall at any time. Recall requests may be made via e-mail to the Circulation Paraprofessional for any materials needed immediately.


There are no library fines on any type of library material.

Patrons will receive a courtesy notice before an item is overdue. Length of time for notices varies based upon the length of the loan. Items not returned and considered lost will be billed at the rate of $60.00 per item ($50.00 cost of the item, plus a $5.00 processing fee and a $5.00 non-refundable billing fee). This processing fee covers costs involved in ordering, cataloging, and processing the materials.

All library charges must be paid in full by the end of each semester and before graduation.

Reserve Collection

The Elon Law Library maintains a closed reserve collection. This means that a Circulation Desk attendant must help you with your reserve request. Reserve materials include casebooks, hornbooks, study guides, past exams and various other materials. Reserve materials are located behind the Circulation Desk, and may be checked out for up to four hours. Reserve materials checked out one hour before closing may be returned within the first hour of library operation the following day.

Study Carrels

There are 81 study carrels in the Law Library, located on both floors of the library. Carrels are not assigned and are available to students on a “first come, first serve” basis.

Carrels must be kept clean and orderly during use. Pictures, signs, etc. may not be attached to any of the carrels, and electrical appliances may not be used in them.

Because carrels are not assigned, library materials may not be checked out to them. Remember, carrels have no security and carrel users are responsible for their personal belongings left there.

Leisure Reading

Popular magazines and law-related magazines and newspapers are provided near the library entrance for your leisure reading and convenience. We also save back issues for a limited time behind the Circulation Desk. Please see the Circulation Paraprofessional for assistance in this matter.