Policies on Library Use

Computer Use

Computer and network use in the Goodson Law Library is subject to Duke University's Acceptable Use Policy. The Law School and Goodson Law Library provide complete wireless capability. Twelve computer terminals in the Reading Room, as well as one stand-up terminal on each floor, are available for the use of all visitors during public access hours. Library computers require a NetID login; visitors should ask for a one-day login and password at the Library Service Desk, that may be used at any public computer in the Law Library. Patrons can log out and log back in later the same day, but work will not be saved.

Print cards are available for purchase outside of the library in the vending area on the second floor of the Law School.

An additional four computers are available for the Duke Law community in study carrels 2C9-2C12 on Level 2, between the center staircase and front elevator.

Legal Research Databases

Access to the legal research services Bloomberg LawLexisNexis, and Westlaw is available only by individual password for current Duke Law students, faculty and staff, under the terms of the Library's contracts with each vendor. Other sources for legal information, including a campus-wide version of LexisNexis, can be found on the Legal Databases & Links page. Consult the Reference Desk for assistance with these or other research databases.

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Food & Drink

The Goodson Law Library is your place to learn, study, research, and collaborate. Help us keep it sanitary, comfortable, and safe for all members of the Duke Law community by adhering to the following guidelines regarding the consumption of beverages and food in the Library. By working together, we can maintain a clean and healthy learning environment.

Beverages in sturdy, covered containers are allowed in the Library with the exception of the Rare Book Room (Room 3201). Library users are responsible for cleaning any spills and notifying staff of large spills or impacts to fixtures, equipment, or carpet.

Snacks (fruit, yogurt, pre-packaged snacks, and baked goods) may be consumed in all areas of the library.

Meals that are purchased in the Café De Novo (salads, sandwiches/wraps, fast lane items), meals provided for lunch talks, and meals brought into the building (including packed lunches, pizza, carryout meals, and meal deliveries) may be consumed outside of the library (Café De Novo seating, Star Commons, Blue Lounge etc.) or in the following designated areas:

  • The Sidebar: Room 3211
  • Study Rooms: Rooms 2204-2206 and 2212-2215
  • Microforms Room: Room 1204

Noncompliance with these guidelines may result in one or more of the following:

  • You may be asked to take meals to a designated area.
  • You may be asked to leave the library.

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Associate Director for Public Services. Feedback is always welcome via the Law Library Suggestion Box.

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Quiet Study & Collaborative Work Areas

The Duke Law Library is a space provided in support of study, collaboration, and scholarship. To this end, we have a diversity of spaces designated for quiet individual study, collaboration, and relaxation.

Quiet study areas

The following behaviors are expected in Quiet Study areas:

  • Individual study with whisper-level conversation permitted.
  • Use headphones to listen to audio
  • Cell phones should be set to silent or vibrate, and if you must answer a call, proceed immediately outside of the library.
  • Only necessary noise (packing bags, printing and scanning, staff moving equipment, and staff assisting patrons at the desk or in the stacks)

Collaboration and Relaxation areas

The following behaviors are expected in Collaboration and Relaxation areas:

  • Respectful collaborative study
  • Use headphones to listen to audio
  • Cell phones should be set to silent or vibrate, and if you must answer a call, proceed immediately outside of the library.

Student Study Spaces

Within the Library

Space

Availability

Designation

Level 4

24x7 law student access with a Duke Card

Quiet Study

Reading Room, Level 3

24x7 law student access with a Duke Card

Quiet Study

The Sidebar, Level 3

Locks at 11 pm

Collaborative and Relaxation

Flexible Learning Space, Level 3

When not in use for classes/law school meetings

Collaborative and Relaxation

Locks at 5 pm

Study Rooms: Rooms 2204-2206 and 2212-2215 on Level 2

24x7; reserve online

Collaborative and Relaxation

Fite Room, Level 2

When not in use for classes/law school meetings

Collaborative and Relaxation

Locks at 11 pm

Tables and Carrels, Level 2

24x7 law student access with a Duke Card

Quiet Study

Tables and Carrels, Level 1

24x7 law student access with a Duke Card

Quiet Study

Microforms Room, Level 1

24x7 law student access with a Duke Card

Collaborative and Relaxation

Within the Law School

Space

Availability

Additional Information

Blue Lounge

24x7

 

Classrooms

Whenever not in use for classes or law school sponsored activities

Rooms lock at 5:00 PM

Cochran Loft

24x7

3rd floor atrium above Star Commons

Star Commons

24x7

 

On West Campus

Space

Availability

Additional Information

Bostock Library

Hours vary

 

Brodhead Center

7:00 AM – 8:00 PM daily

Café seating with lounge areas

Chaplin Family Study Room can be reserved for up to 15 people

Bryan Center

 

Divinity School Cafe

 

 

Divinity School Library

Hours vary

 

Fuqua Business School, Fox Center

Hours vary

Café seating with collaborative environment

Gross Hall

 

  • SSRI: Public spaces available for collaborative study
  • Reserve select rooms through 25Live

The Link

Hours vary

Reserve a study room through 25Live

Rubenstein Library

Hours vary

All spaces are non-reservable; room information available via Perkins website

  • Ahmadieh Family Commons, 2nd floor
  • Chappell Family Gallery Landing Space, 1st floor
  • Third Floor Reading Areas
  • Gothic Reading Room, 2nd floor

Sanford School of Public Policy

 

Fleishman Commons and Atrium seating areas are just inside the entrance at the corner of Science and Towerview

Student Wellness Center

Weekdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Room 147 can be reserved through University Center Activities and Events (click Campus Center Meeting Rooms)

Center for Leadership Development and Social Action

Weekdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Library and the Conference Room can be  reserved online

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User Rights and Responsibilities

Library users and staff share responsibility for creating and sustaining an environment supportive of scholarship.

Responsibilities of Library Users

  • Treat others with dignity and respect.
  • Refrain from engaging in behavior that creates a disturbance, interferes with the right of others to use the Library for research and study, or otherwise detracts from a scholarly environment.
  • Learn about and comply with Library policies for maintaining this environment.

Rights of Library Users

  • Ask others to end conversations, lower their voices, or maintain an environment supportive of scholarship.
  • Request and receive assistance from a Library staff member in maintaining an environment supportive of scholarship.
  • Expect that in addressing problems, Library staff will take measured steps to restore a scholarly environment.

Protocol for Enforcing Library Policy

Library staff will identify themselves and request that users comply with Library rules. If users do not respond to initial requests or if they violate rules repeatedly, Library staff will take additional measures, for example asking to see an ID (in accordance with University policies), issuing a warning, or asking the user to leave the Library. If a user is affiliated with the University, staff may also work with appropriate University officials in addressing problems. In all cases, Library staff will be respectful of the rights of all in working to restore the scholarly environment.

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Reference Services & Legal Advice

Reference librarians will assist with use of the library and its collections, but they cannot conduct legal research on behalf of a user. Librarians locate information, identify relevant resources, develop search strategies for catalogs, databases, the web and indexes and provide assistance in legal research methodology. The reference staff cannot provide substantive advice on a legal problem, interpret legal materials for you, or explain how the law applies to your particular situation.

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Study Carrels

Study carrels in the Goodson Law Library are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Library books that are checked out and marked with a carrel charge slip (obtained from the Circulation Desk) may be stored on the shelf

Unattended Personal Belongings

Do not leave personal items unattended in carrels. It is inconsiderate to other students and increases the risk of theft. Consider having your high value items (computers, phones, etc) engraved by the Duke Police. Library staff routinely check for unattended items and remove them to the Law School Lost and Found. Unattended food will be disposed of in the trash.

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Study Rooms

Seven private study rooms are available on Level 2 of the library, for use by individual law students or groups of law students. Study rooms are unlocked, but reservations are required. Rooms may be reserved online up to 72 hours in advance for four-hours per reservation.  If a room is reserved but unoccupied after 15 minutes of the reservation start time, the reservation may be cancelled in order to open the room to other law students. Unattended personal items in study rooms will be removed to the Law School Lost & Found.

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Patrons with Disabilities

The Goodson Law Library is committed to providing high-quality service to all users, including those with disabilities. Library staff will make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests, including book/article retrieval and assistance with photocopies or scans. Please contact the Circulation/Reserve Desk at (919) 613-7128 or by email prior to your visit with any questions or concerns about accessibility.