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New Student Library Orientation: Study Spaces

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.

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For food or drink spills, equipment malfunctions, or anything else that doesn’t seem right, please either notify the Circulation Desk or  submit a facilities request.

Quiet and Collaborative Zones

The Library has designated collaborative and quiet zones so that users can choose the space that best meets their needs and study preferences.

Quiet Zone, Upper Floor

  • Meant to provide an area for quiet study
  • Conversation is extremely limited and in a low speaking voice
  • Cell phones on silent or vibrate and no cell phone conversations
  • Use earphones with electronics
  • Quiet when entering and exiting

Collaborative Zone, Lower Floor

  • Flexible configurations of furniture allows and encourages collaborative engagement
  • Tutors’ carrels provide space to confer with their students
  • Conversations should be limited to law school-related work

Study Carrels

The Library has approximately 90 study carrels for use by Law Library patrons, including School of Law students.

Tutors receive assigned study carrels on the lower floor (Collaborative Zone) so they have a dedicated space to meet with students they are tutoring. All other carrels are available for daily use on a first come, first served basis. 

Most carrels are wired with electrical connections and have eye bolts to be used along with security cables and locks to deter theft. Library materials left in carrels will be reshelved and personal items will be put in the lost and found.  

After Hours Access

Students who have completed after hours safety training may access the Library 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To schedule a makeup training session, contact Sol Johnson, 277-8648.

Updated After-hours access training video:

Group Study Rooms

Four conference rooms are available to UNM law school students, faculty, and staff. Click here to book a study room.

  • Reservations are made and room keys are checked out at the circulation desk
  • Reservations are limited to two hours per day, per group, and are accepted one day in advance
  • Use of the room may be extended at the end of the two-hour period if another group has not reserved the room
  • Reservations are held until ten minutes past the scheduled start time
  • Library materials used in the study rooms must be re-shelved.

The rooms are locked during business hours to ensure they are used exclusively by the law school community and so that personal items can be secure when the user steps away. The doors are unlocked after hours, when access to the Library is limited to UNM law students.

Law Library Website

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

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