USING THE LAW LIBRARY

Students-studying-in-law-libraryThe law library provides access to legal information resources to the faculty, students, alumni and staff of the Texas A&M School of Law. The library’s collection may also be available, with limitations, to the Texas A&M University community at large, members of the bench and bar, and the general public. Access to the Dee J. Kelly Law Library after 8:00 p.m. is limited to faculty, students, alumni and staff of the law school.

Change

If you need change for the copy machines or for any other reason, please visit the bookstore on the 2nd floor. The law library cannot make change.

Circulation Information

Law library guests may access the collection while on campus, but do not have borrowing privileges.

Copy Machines

Copy machines are located in the photocopy room. Copies are 10¢ per page. You may use cash or buy a copy card. Copy cards may be purchased from the dispenser located in the photocopy room. The copy card itself costs $1 and must be purchased with a $1 bill. After purchase, value may be added to the card with $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills.

The copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Persons using the photocopiers are liable for any copyright infringement. Please report copy machine malfunctions to the circulation clerk.

Electronic Compact Shelving

In order to maximize the space available for our collection, the law library uses an electronic compact shelving system. Once you familiarize yourself with the operating instructions, you will find this system easy to use.

Electronic Compact Shelving: Operating Instructions  

  1. Locate the range you need to access.
  2. To operate the shelving, the light on the black control panel must be green. If it is not, go to the panel with the red light and press the Stop/Reset button.
  3. All of the ranges in the shelving group you are accessing will light up together after pressing the Stop/Reset button.
  4. Each shelving group has a stationary range on both sides of the movable shelving. Stationary ranges are solid wood and do not have black control panels on them.
    PLEASE REMEMBER: Before moving any shelving, check the aisles to make sure they are empty.
  5. When you are ready to move the shelving, press the appropriate green arrow on the aisle you want to access. You do not have to move each range separately; the system will move multiple ranges for you.

Electronic Compact Shelving: Safety and Stopping  

  1. There are 3 ways to stop the shelves from moving:
    • Press the Stop/Reset button
    • Break the beam of light by walking in or out of the aisle
    • Break the beam of light on the range with the red and white stripe on the bottom
  2. If you are in an aisle and it begins to move, simply turn sideways to face the opening of the aisle and place the side of your foot against the red and white stripe to break the beam. NOTE: Using the side of your foot ensures the beam will be broken and stop the shelving; please do not use the toe of the foot because there may be a gap.

Food, Drink and Tobacco Use Policy

Food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed in the library. Drinks must be in covered, non-spillable containers. Users must clean up after themselves and promptly report spills. All tobacco products and simulated smoking devices are prohibited. These include, but are not limited to, electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers and electronic nicotine delivery systems.

Gifts to the Law Library

The law library is not able to accept donations at this time. If you have any questions, please email Wendy Law, Head of Collection Development.

Guest Computers

There are two guest computers located near the reference desk in the law library reading room and two in the rear of the library. These computers are for legal research only. Printing is only available at the two computers located in the reading room. Before you print, you must create a guest account and fund it using your credit or debit card.  Instructions for printing and creating a user account are posted in the Reading Room above the guest computers.  The cost for printing is 10¢ per page. When using WestlawNext, you also have the option to email your documents for free. 

Lost and Found

A lost and found is maintained at the circulation desk. However, items of substantial value are taken to the business office. The law library is not responsible for articles turned into the lost and found or for articles left at the circulation desk for other patrons.

Online Catalog

Paging

The law library does not have an internal pager system and cannot page library patrons. Clerks and librarians will not leave the circulation or reference desks to search for individual law library patrons unless there is an emergency.

Reference

The primary mission of the Dee J. Kelly Law Library is to support research, scholarship and curricular needs of the students and faculty at the Texas A&M University School of Law. During the academic year the reference desk is open more than 50 hours per week. When school is not in session, reference hours are limited.

As time permits, our law librarians, experts in legal research, are available to assist law library guests in locating legal information. Librarians can demonstrate the use of law books and legal information sources but cannot conduct legal research for you. Nor can librarians provide legal advice, interpret the law for you or apply the law to your particular set of circumstances. If you need legal advice, you should consult an attorney.

Reserves Information

The Reserve collection is located behind the circulation desk. The collection includes all required and recommended books for current courses, heavily used materials such as The Bluebook and the Texas Rules of Form, AV materials and items placed on reserve by professors. Law library guests may use Reserve items by leaving their ID with the circulation clerk; it will be returned when the item is returned.

Reshelving Books

Patrons are welcome to reshelve their own books if they wish. For those who are not comfortable reshelving their items, reshelving carts are placed around the law library. Simply leave your books on a cart and the library staff will reshelve them.

Restrooms

Restrooms are located in the rear of the law library. Follow the central aisle to the back of the law library; the restrooms are to the left.

Study Carrels and Tables

Study carrels and tables are located throughout the law library and are available on a first-come. first-served basis.

Study Rooms

Study room use is restricted to current law students only.

Suggestions and Comments

There is a suggestion box located on the pillar outside the photocopy room. If you have a comment or suggestion regarding the law library, please fill out a form and place it in this box. You may also make any suggestions or comments online.

Wireless Access

The law school’s wireless network is available throughout the law library. Guests who wish to access the wireless network should go to the circulation desk for an access card.