Campbell Law School

Conduct in the Library

Library policies are not intended as barriers to the use of the collection. Rather these policies are in place to facilitate its use by making the collection available to all users without unreasonable delay. Most rules are based on common sense and equitable principles, and are derived from a commitment to make the library an environment suitable for reading, study, and activities in support of student and faculty research.

The library staff wishes to ensure that the library is a place of quiet study. As such, all patrons are asked to keep their noise to a minimum. It is the responsibility of each student to maintain a quiet environment for study. A student lounge is available outside of the library for socializing between classes.

So that all patrons may benefit from the law library's resources and environment:

  • Patrons may not remove or attempt to remove library materials without proper checkout or authorization by a law librarian.
  • Patrons must either renew or return library materials when they are due.
  • Patrons may not "squirrel" books in a carrel or in a study room for exclusive use.
  • Do not mutilate or damage Library materials by marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages, removing or defacing bindings, or in any other way damage or deface library materials.
  • Patrons should be respectful and courteous to the library staff and other library patrons.
  • Patrons should not sleep on or otherwise inappropriately use library furniture.
  • Patrons should not cause a disturbance or engage in any behavior that interferes with library activities.
  • Patrons should dress appropriately.

For the protection of the library, its contents, and staff:

  • Patrons are forbidden to go in unauthorized areas of the library, remain in the library after closing or when requested to leave during emergency situations or drills.
  • Do not open emergency exits except in emergency situations.
  • Do not vandalize or deface library furniture or equipment.

Personal laptops may be used in any area of the law library. Study tables are wired for laptop use, and wireless network access is available on both floors of the library.

In addition, the law library has ten public access computers on the second floor of the library for student and visitor use. Patrons should not load software onto these computers, unless specifically permitted to do so. The library staff will delete any applications or files found on the hard drive. Any patron using these computers should read and follow the law school policy on computer and network use.

Computer and Network Use Policy

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The Copyright Revision Act of 1978 regulates photocopying of library materials. Individual persons making copies of copyrighted material are responsible for adhering to the provisions of the Act.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

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Interlibrary loans More ▼

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service provided by the law library to only Campbell Law School faculty, staff, and students. In most instances, the Library can borrow from other libraries at no charge. If a lending library charges for interlibrary loan, the library will absorb the cost up to $20. If you have questions, please contact Kim Hocking at

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Legal advice and referrals More ▼

The reference librarians can help Library patrons, including members of the North Carolina Bar, locate specific titles and identify and use appropriate legal sources. They can provide a general overview of the library's information systems, services and collection, and can advise patrons on appropriate research strategies, including the use of electronic resources. The reference librarians cannot provide legal advice, or discuss legal theories or strategies regarding a case.

Reference assistance by email is not available, and telephone reference assistance is available for brief questions only, and as time permits. Priority is always given to patrons who are in the library.  If you need someone who will research and interpret the law for you, please consider talking to an attorney.

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Lending policies More ▼

The law library collection is divided into primary sources, secondary sources, and finding tools. Primary sources of the law are legally binding, rather than merely descriptive or analytical materials provided by secondary sources. Primary sources include court opinions (published in official or commercial reporters), legislation (published in general codes and session laws), and administrative law (published as official regulations or administrative adjudications). Primary sources do not circulate.

Secondary sources provide non-authoritative, descriptive, or analytical commentary on the law. Some secondary sources do circulate. One- and two-volume treatises may be checked out, including those treatises that are updated with pocket parts and supplements. Periodicals (law reviews and other journals), legal encyclopedias, legal newspapers, records and briefs, general formbooks, and legal dictionaries do not circulate. In addition, loose-leaf services and multivolume sets of more than two volumes do not circulate.

Finding tools are the means for locating primary and secondary sources. Examples are case digests, citators, indexes, topical looseleaf services, and special subject digests. Finding tools do not circulate.

How can you tell whether certain materials circulate? It's very simple. Only one- and two-volume treatises may be borrowed for use outside the library by faculty, staff, and students. This applies to those treatises that are updated with pocket parts and supplements but does not include one- or two-volume loose-leaf materials. Most of these materials are located on the second floor of the library.

Faculty, students, and staff members may borrow non-reserve circulating materials for use outside the library. Loan periods are for one month, but the materials are subject to recall if the item is to be placed on reserve. All loans may be renewed unless there has been a request for the item.

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Overdue materials More ▼

Borrowers with overdue books will not be allowed to borrow anything from the library until the overdue items are returned and fines are paid. Three overdue notices will be sent. If the material is not returned after the third notice, the material will be considered lost, and the borrower will be billed for the total fines owed, the cost of the material, and a reacquisition and processing fee.

Fines are automatically charged for overdue materials when the materials are returned to the library. At the end of each week, the names of the students and the amounts due for delinquent library fines will be forwarded to the University Business Office for collection.

Fines accrue as follows:

  • Books - 25 cents per day
  • Reserves - 25 cents per hour
  • MP3 Players - $1 per hour
  • Clickers - $1 per day or a $50 fine if the clicker is lost
  • Laptops - $10 for the first hour and $20 for each additional hour thereafter, with a maximum fine of $250. If a laptop is lost, the student will be charged the replacement cost ($1,500) plus the maximum fine ($250).
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Reserves More ▼

Reserve books are shelved directly behind the main circulation desk on the second floor of the law library. Included in the reserve collection are the latest editions of hornbooks, treatises, nutshells, and other frequently used materials. The library does not keep copies of casebooks, textbooks, or commercial outlines on reserve.

Reserve materials may be checked out for library use only and have a two-hour time limit. An overdue fine of 25 cents per hour is charged for overdue reserve materials.

During the course of a semester, professors will place law review articles or cases on reserve. If a professor frequently places material on reserve, a notebook is created to store these materials. The notebooks may be checked out as any other Reserve book. In the event a professor places only a few articles or cases on reserve, copies of these materials will be kept in the reserve file, and may be checked out for use within the library.

Copies of previous North Carolina Bar Exams dating from 1986 to the present are kept on reserve and are compiled in notebooks that may be checked out for use in the library. Also available are the Annual Compilation of Bar Examinations dating from 1972 to the present. Included in the compilations are copies of bar exams from states other than North Carolina.

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Reshelving materials More ▼

Students and visitors are expected to reshelve all non-circulating materials after using them as a courtesy. Reserve books and other materials should be returned to the main circulation desk on the second floor of the library.

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Security More ▼

Personal items should not be left in carrels or on tables. Items left unattended are subject to theft and the library staff encourages students not to leave handbags, wallets, or laptops unattended.  The library will not be liable for any personal items that are stolen. Personal articles are often turned in at the main circulation desk. Check with the circulation library assistant on duty if you have lost property in the library.

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Study room reservations More ▼

Use of the study rooms is restricted to current Campbell Law School faculty, staff, and students. Six study rooms are located on the second floor of the law library and three study rooms are located on the first floor. These rooms must be reserved using the reservation sheet located at each study room. There is a two-hour time limit; rooms can be reserved up to 24 hours in advance.

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