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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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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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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Use of the study rooms is restricted to current Campbell Law School faculty, staff, and students.  Five 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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