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Fall 2020 New Student Library Orientation: Library Policies

This guide is designed to help new students through the first few weeks at UNMSOL by introducing them to the Law Library's resources, services, and policies.

Amended Library Policies

NOTICE: July 28, 2020

The School of Law is experiencing a data outage that has taken all network services offline. 

Until Law School IT services are restored, please contact the Library Reference desk via email at UNMLawLibref@gmail.com or via phone at (505) 277-0935. 

Building Use

The law library building is currently open to faculty and staff.

Circulation

Faculty may check out any item held by the Law Library with a valid UNM ID. The loan period for regular and adjunct law faculty members is one year from the date of initial check-out with four renewals allowed.

Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

Inter-Library Loans (ILLs) are available on a limited basis.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions across the country, many institutions no longer lend physical copies of books. Scanning requests are limited to "reasonable amounts" set by the lending institutions, not by the UNM Law Library. In addition, turnaround times to fulfill requests are taking longer due to limited onsite staff of the lending libraries. Please send your ILL requests to thomasr@law.unm.edu or the reference desk at UNMLawLibRef@gmail.com.  

Reference

Reference services are available remotely via email at UNMLawLibref@gmail.com, via voicemail at 505-277-0935, or via LibChat (coming soon).

Research

Faculty research requests should be sent to UNMLawLibref@gmail.com until the faculty request database portal is restored.

Building Use

The law library building will be open to students from 8 AM-5 PM during the fall semester. Students can access the library when it is closed via the After Hours Access door.

Reference

Reference services are available remotely via email at UNMLawLibref@gmail.com, via voicemail at 505-277-0935, or via LibChat (coming soon). Students can also schedule a one-on-one research consultation via Zoom by emailing a specific librarian or UNMLawLibref@gmail.com.

Circulation

UNM Law Students may check out circulating materials and Indian collection materials with a valid UNM ID. The loan period for items from the general collection extends until the end of the semester during which they are checked out, with two renewals allowed. Please note that there will be no circulation of academic support or course reserves for the fall 2020 semester.

Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

Inter-Library Loans (ILLs) are available on a limited basis.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions across the country, many institutions no longer lend physical copies of books. Scanning requests are limited to "reasonable amounts" set by the lending institutions, not by the UNM Law Library. In addition, turnaround times to fulfill requests are taking longer due to limited onsite staff of the lending libraries. Please send your ILL requests to thomasr@law.unm.edu or the reference desk at UNMLawLibRef@gmail.com.    

Carrels

In order to promote social distancing, carrels will not be assigned to individuals and instead will be open for any student to use.

Computer lab

Please contact UNM Law IT department with questions about access to the computer lab in the library: helpdesk@law.unm.edu

The WEPA printer has been removed from the printer room, but is still available to use on the upper floor outside of the King Room.

Academic Support Collection and Course Reserves

There will be no circulation of academic support or course reserves for the fall 2020 semester.

Study rooms

In order to promote social distancing, study rooms will not be available for check out for fall 2020.

Building Use

The library building is currently closed to the public.

Circulation

No physical books are being checked out at this time to the general public.

Reference

Reference services are available remotely via email at UNMLawLibref@gmail.com, via voicemail at 505-277-0935, or via LibChat (coming soon) from 9 AM-6 PM; Our document delivery policy has been expanded to include members of the general public (specific citation or document titles are still required).  

Law Student Honor Code

Standard of Conduct

Every student shall be honest and candid in his/her academic pursuits as defined in the subsequent provisions of this Code.


Law Library

  1. Every student shall respect the integrity of our library's collection and facilities and shall respect the rights of others in their use of the library.
  1. It shall be a violation of the Code for a student:
  1. To intentionally damage or destroy library property (including, but not limited to: books, microforms, equipment or furniture).
  2. To hide or secrete library materials within the library.
  3. To violate library rules concerning checkout procedures for library materials with the knowledge that such violations may deprive others of those materials.
  4. To violate the library’s posted access policies.

See Bulletin and Handbook of Policies, Appendix A

Code of Conduct

Prohibited Conduct:

Library users may not engage in conduct that disrupts or interferes with the normal operations of the Library, its staff, or its use by other users. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to:

  • Harassing or threatening behavior.
  • Using obscene or abusive language or gestures.
  • Making unreasonable noise, including loud talking on a cell phone or otherwise. Library users who need to carry on a conversation should use a group study room or step outside into the Forum.
  • Engaging in sexual conduct or lewd behavior.
  • Possessing a knife, gun, or any other weapon in violation of University policy.
  • Smoking, including electronic cigarettes.
  • Using alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • Failing to maintain appropriate personal hygiene.
  • Soliciting, petitioning, or canvassing.
  • Selling or advertising any goods or services.
  • Using a bicycle, roller blades, skates, skateboard, in-line roller skates, or similar devices.
  • Damaging, defacing, or misusing any Library materials or property. This includes disabling Library equipment, using it after it has been turned off in preparation for closing, changing the hardware or software or settings on a Library computer, or using a Library computer for a purpose other than that designated by the Library.
  • Engaging in any activity in violation of federal, state, or local law or University or library policies.

Please also be aware that:

  • The Library is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen, or damaged on Library premises.
  • Library staff reserve the right to inspect bags or other personal property when users enter or leave the Library.
  • Clothing and shoes must be worn in the Library.
  • Some items in the Library cannot be copied because of copyright laws, poor condition, or donor restriction.
  • The Library is not responsible for children who are left unattended on Library premises.
  • Large groups that want to visit, tour, or conduct class in the Library are required to obtain permission in advance. Instructors and students in these groups as well as other library users are urged to display the highest level of courtesy in these situations so that the competing needs can be satisfied.
  • Beverages must be in spill-proof containers.
  • Certain rooms and other Library spaces may have additional restrictions.

Visitors who do not follow the Code of Conduct may be asked to leave by library staff or campus police and may lose their Library privileges.

Law Library Website

Additional information about the Law Library is available on the UNM Law Library website.


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