Policies

If you have questions about law library policies, please contact the Law Library Administration office at (405) 325-4311.

Access Policy

The Law Library is open to the public daily from opening time until 6 p.m.   Refer to the information below for daily business hours.   Access to the College of Law and the Law Library after 6 p.m. is restricted to law students, law faculty, members of the Bar, and patrons who need to use the Law Library collection. For access to the Law Library after 6 p.m., please call the Law Library Circulation Desk at 325-5493.

Legal Advice

Library staff cannot provide legal advice. Information on obtaining legal assistance can be found below.

OU Law students, faculty and staff serve the local community through the OU Legal Clinic. The clinic provides pro bono services for economically eligible clients primarily in Cleveland and McClain counties in both civil and criminal issues. Some exceptions can be made in the event a case proves to be of educational significance to students. The clinic can only take on a limited number of cases, and new cases are only added at specific times of the year. Contact the Legal Clinic at (405) 325-3702 for additional information.

Since the clinic cannot represent all persons needing legal assistance, other resources may be options for you:.

  • If you need legal advice or assistance on a civil matter within Oklahoma, contact Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma at www.legalaidok.org (opens in a new window) or call 1-888-534-5243.
  • If you need legal advice or assistance on a criminal matter within Oklahoma, contact the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System at www.state.ok.us/~oids/(opens in a new window).
  • To find an attorney in Oklahoma, reference the "Finding a Lawyer" page on the Oklahoma Bar Association Web site at www.okbar.org (opens in a new window).
  • If you are not in Oklahoma, check your state's Bar Association's website for resources. You can look for your state at the American Bar Association's directory at www.abanet.org/barserv/stlobar.html (opens in a new window).
  • If none of these can help you, you will need to seek legal counsel locally. You can normally check the Yellow Pages of your local phone book under the section Attorneys, or you can check the Web site of your state's Bar Association (see above).
  • If you need assistance in your own Legal Research, you can visit the Donald E. Pray Law Library at the OU Law Center or call reference desk at (405) 325-4311. Library staff cannot provide legal advice. 

Copyright Policies and Resources

Food & Drink

Food and drink are permitted in all areas of the library, except the Chapman Reading Room and the computer labs.  However, please use common sense when eating in the library and throw away trash. Please use lids on all drinks.  For those wishing to consume larger meals, the Amicus Cafe (1st floor) is available to all patrons.

Noise and Cell Phones

Please respect the needs of those who wish to study quietly. Keep conversations and other unnecessary noise to a minimum. Use of cell phones is prohibited in the library. Headphones and ear plugs are available at the Circulation Desk.

Study Room Policy

Study rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.   Multimedia Study Rooms and CLC Study Rooms may only be reserved by law students and law faculty.  Reservations for Multimedia Study Rooms & CLC Study Rooms can be made on the College of Law intranet.  Law students have priority for use of the study rooms over all other patrons.   Groups have priority over individual students.

Closing the Law Library

The library closes at the times listed in the library hours section. No one is allowed to stay in the library after the library is closed. After 6:00 p.m. daily, only law students, law faculty, and patrons who need to use the Law Library collection are permitted to enter the College of Law. Law faculty and students may use their electronic key to access the building after 6:00 p.m.

Fines/Lost Books

  • 60 day check out (books) - $0.10/day, $10 maximum
  • 7 day check out (bound periodicals) - $0.25/day, $10 maximum
  • 4 hour check out (reserve materials) - $1/hour, $25 maximum

Overdue notices are e-mailed to the student's OU e-mail account as a reminder. If this is not the student's primary e-mail address, the OU account can be forwarded to the primary account. Please see the computer lab attendant for assistance in this procedure. Failure to receive an overdue notice is not grounds for reduction or cancelation of fines.

The cost for replacement of a lost book, which includes a reacquisition/re-cataloging fee, is a minimum $80.00 per item plus a $10.00 nonrefundable replacement fee. If the item is returned within one year, the reacquisition/re-cataloging fee of $80.00 will be refunded. However, the replacement fee and overdue fines are not refundable.

All fines and lost book charges are sent to the Bursar's office for collection. If you do not pay the fines or fees, you will not be able to enroll in classes or obtain transcripts, grades or a diploma. If your enrollment is on hold due to library fines, please contact the billing department at (405) 325-1856.

Tobacco Products

Use of tobacco products including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and vaping devices is not permitted on university property beginning July 1, 2012. The policy applies to every person on any University of Oklahoma campus, including visitors, faculty, staff, volunteers, students, alumni, contractors, and service representatives. The policy includes all OU-owned, leased, rented, or maintained property including, but not limited to: buildings, facilities, sidewalks, roadways, parking lots, and grounds. The policy also includes all university-owned, leased, or rented vehicles.

Policy Compliance

In cases of exceptional or repeated violation of library policies, the Law Library reserves the right to revoke or refuse access to our facilities.

Updated 08/09/2017 by OU Law: lawcommunications@ou.edu

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