LIBRARY RULES

Book Drop
Carrels
Cell Phones
Circulation Policies
Computers
Copy Machines
Copyright Compliance
Dangerous and Incendiary Items
Disruptive Behavior
Exiting the Library
Food, Drink, Live Plants, Tobacco, Pets
Internet Use Policy
Lost or Misplaced Property
Mutilation/Damage/Concealment of Library Materials
Outside Equipment or Furniture
Posting Notices
Printing
Re-shelving Library Materials
Security
Telephones and Messages
Theft
Windows

Book Drop

A book drop is located on the left-hand side outside the main entrance to the library. Use the book drop to return library books when the library is closed.

Carrels

Carrel privileges are provided to William S. Richardson School of Law students only.  Items are not to be stored overnight in the carrels. Carrels in the back of the library are designated a quiet zone for study, with no talking or noisy activities allowed. It is important to keep the carrels clean and undamaged for the next students who use them. Students are expected to follow carrel use rules and keep the carrels clean and tidy. Items are not to be nailed or glued to the carrels. Posters, pictures and other materials are not to be posted on the outside of carrels. Library staff will periodically inspect the carrels for violation of library policies. The Library reserves the right to check carrels for missing library materials. The Library is not responsible for any items left unattended in the carrels.

Cell Phones

Cell phones should be set to ring in “silent” mode and all conversation should be carried on outside the Library.

Circulation Policies

Who Can Borrow?

Circulation of library materials to non-law school affiliated individuals and groups is limited. Only the following people may apply for borrowing privileges:

  • Members of the School of Law University of Hawai`i System (UHS) faculty, staff and students
  • Hawai`i State Bar Association (HSBA) active-status members
  • East-West Center scholars

All others may use materials in the library, including most Reserve materials, but may not check them out of the library. A photo ID is required when checking out Reserve materials.

Patrons who are eligible to apply for borrowing privileges must complete a library registration form. The Law Library reserves the right to withhold this privilege to anyone not affiliated with the University of Hawai`i System.

What can be borrowed and for how long?

Most of the materials in the library are for library use only. These items include statutes, reporters, digests, citators, multi-volume sets, loose-leaf publications, periodicals, encyclopedias, and anything with Reference or Reserve in its call number or anything in microform format.

Circulating Items - UH system borrowers have uniform loan periods with some exceptions imposed by individual libraries

All circulating materials may be borrowed by qualified non-UH System borrowers for a period of two weeks only.

Reserve materials are for library use only and may be borrowed for a period of two hours.

Microfilm and microfiche may be borrowed for library use only, using the digital microform reader/scanner provided. Patrons must use a copy card to make copies from the reader/scanner.

The Library does not provide change.

What are the penalities for overdue, lost or damaged library materials?

Patrons are responsible for knowing when the books they have borrowed are due to be returned and are personally responsible for their return. All borrowed materials may be returned to any UHS Library. As a courtesy the Library may send overdue notices by mail or email.

Financial penalties per item for overdue or damaged books include actual replacement cost or $80.00 (whichever is higher), a $10.00 overdue fine, and a non-refundable $10 processing fee.

Failure to pay financial obligations will result in one or all of the following: library borrowing privileges withheld, registration for classes blocked, issuance of diplomas and/or transcripts blocked. The delinquent account may also be submitted for a tax refund set off or be referred to a collection agency.

Computers

Four computers are available for public use. The computers have internet access, but do not have Microsoft Office applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, or PowerPoint.
Please view the Internet Use Policy section below.

Copy Machines

A copy machine is available for public use. A UH copy card must be purchased for $1.00 and copies are $.09 a page. A copy card machine is located in the lobby of the law library but does not give change.

The Library does not have a change machine and cannot make change. If you plan on using the photocopiers, come with an appropriate amount of change.

Copyright Compliance

Users copying or downloading materials are responsible for complying with applicable intellectual property law, including U.S. Copyright Law.

Dangerous and Incindiery Items

Firearms or other deadly weapons, explosives and/or explosive devices, or other dangerous devices are not permitted in the library building. Incendiary or other smoke-producing items are also not permitted in the library.

Disruptive Behavior

Persons exhibiting disruptive behavior will be asked to cease that behavior or leave the premises and/or be denied future access to the library. Disruptive behavior includes making excessive or unreasonable requests of library personnel, creating excessive noise that disrupts the use of the library by others, being belligerent and/or violent to library staff and patrons, offensive body odor, verbal or physical abuse, intimidation, or harassment on account of race, religion, ethnic or national background, gender or sexual orientation.

Exiting the Library

Users are required to leave the Library promptly at closing and during emergency situations, drills or when asked to leave by Library or security staff after violation of Library policies.

Food, Drink, Live Plants, Tobacco, Pets

Food and drinks may be consumed in C.J.'s Corner in the library. Snack foods may be consumed in the rest of the library. No odorous, noisy, messy, greasy food is allowed. All uneaten food and leftovers, as well as food containers and beverage containers, must be disposed of in the trash cans outside of the library. This is to prevent infestation of ants and roaches in the library since trash cans in the library are emptied only once a day in the morning.

Live plants, tobacco products, cooking/boiling appliances and pets are not permitted in the Library.  Any such items found in the library will be confiscated. Only library-approved closed beverage containers will be allowed. These policies are designed to avoid damage to library materials, electrical fires, and insect and other pest infestation in the library. Exception: service animals or on-duty police dogs.

Internet Use Policy

The Internet provides access to a wide variety of educational, recreational, research and reference resources, many of which are not available in print. The Library does not monitor or control the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for the content of the Internet. As an academic law library, access to the Internet is provided to facilitate educational research.

The Internet may contain controversial or offensive material. We do not restrict access or protect persons from information found individually offensive, except as provided by law. Most of the materials on the Internet are protected by the First Amendment. However, displaying offensive images or language, or viewing or disseminating R and X rated images may constitute a form of harassment. Library patrons use the Internet at their own discretion and are expected to abide by federal, state and other laws. University of Hawaiʻi guidelines are found at www.hawaii.edu/infotech/policies/itpolicy.html, and http://www.hawaii.edu/student/conduct/.

Lost or Misplaced Property

Lost or misplaced personal property brought to the Circulation Desk will be sent to Campus Center Room 212, Lost and Found, at the end of the semester.

Mutilation/Damage/Concealment of Library Materials

Library users are asked to treat the library materials with care. To extend the life of the materials, please avoid the following:

  • use of Post-Its in library books
  • writing or underlining in the books
  • leaving paper clips in the books
  • handling the books with dirty hands
  • spilling coffee or other beverages on the materials
  • using library books to prop up furniture or other heavy items


Users engaging in vandalizing, altering or damaging library building, furniture or equipment, including computer systems, networks, programs or data, are in violation of Hawai‘i State Law and will be prosecuted to the full extent of that Law. Repair or replacement costs will be assessed for any damaged materials.

Library materials must not be concealed in the Library (in foot lockers, other containers, rooms, shelves) for the exclusive use of individuals or groups.

Outside Equipment or Furniture

No outside equipment, furniture or any item may be brought into the library.

Posting Notices

Prior approval from the librarians is required to post any notices in any part of the Library. Approved notices are posted on the board in the Reference Area next to the ramp leading to the carrel area. Only law school-related notices may be put on the board. Display panels are also available outside of the library and in the area next to the computer lab. Inquire with the librarians on use of the outside display boards.

Printing

The Library's public computers offer printing at $.09 a page. A UH print/copy card must first be purchased for $1.00. A copy card machine is located in the lobby of the law library but does not give change.

Re-Shelving Library Materials

Please do not re-shelve all library materials you have used but have not checked out.  Materials should be placed on the re-shelving tables.

Security

Please report any emergency or suspicious behavior to the Circulation Desk immediately. If you need an escort to your car, please call Campus Security’s escort service at 956-8211.

Telephones and Messages

The Library’s telephones are for library staff use. The Library does not convey messages to nor page students or other library users unless it is an emergency or it involves Campus Security.

Theft

Library users are advised not to leave any personal belongings unattended for any length of time anywhere in the Library, including the carrels.  Thefts of books, personal items, and computer equipment have occurred in the past. Users are responsible for their personal property. Library materials, equipment or property must not be taken from the library building without proper checkout or authorization. Library personnel reserve the right to request a patron to display the contents of his/her bag before he/she exits the library.

WINDOWS

No library windows are to be opened without the express permission of library staff.

Contact

Victoria Szymczak

Director of the Law Library
Phone
(808) 956-5580