Borrowing & Renewing

Overdue Fines

UChicago Library items on standard loan and Interlibrary Loan items are not charged overdue fines.

Overdue fines for items on reserve and other short term loans are temporarily suspended.

Recalled items will be charged a daily overdue fine of $5 per day (based on the actual date of return).

Items that are long overdue will be billed as lost.

Returning a lost item will result in a waiver of the lost item fee; however, any overdue fines incurred for that item will remain.

Extended Due Dates

  • All items checked out from University of Chicago collections that were due after the Library closed as a result of COVID-19 or checked out using our new Paging and Pickup service now have due dates extended to January 8, 2021 or later.
  • All items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan that were due after the Library closed as a result of COVID-19 have had their due dates extended to October 23, 2020.
  • Items that were due before the Library closed on March 20 have not had due dates extended and should be returned to the Library as soon as possible.
  • The Library reserves the right to recall specific items on earlier dates when necessary.

Autumn 2020 Update: Options for Returns

Patrons are encouraged to keep loaned materials until their due dates.

All materials are quarantined upon return. It will be several days before items appear as checked in on your account.

Returns in Person at D'Angelo Law Library

The law library will accept returns from law students and staff during the weeks of October 12-16 and November 16-20. During these times, you may place your books in the temporary book-drop set up on the second floor of the Wilson Reading Room, just outside room 203. Returned books will be quarantined for five days and then checked in.

Returns in Person at Regenstein Library

Patrons may return items in person in the outer lobby of Regenstein without a reservation, during Regenstein Book Return hours.

Please enter via the South Entrance for Book Pickup & Return. Wear a mask and maintain social distance at all times.

Return by Mail

If you have left the area or are otherwise unable to return materials in person, we are pleased to announce that the Library is offering a pilot program under which we will pay the ground shipping costs from anywhere in the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) for items that need to be returned by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please contact Regenstein Circulation.

D'Angelo Law Library Borrowing Policies

Students, faculty, and staff of the University of Chicago have borrowing privileges at the D'Angelo Law Library. A current validated UChicago Card is required for all charges. University of Chicago Law School students with current validated ID's have full privileges at all University of Chicago libraries, including Regenstein (social sciences and humanities), SSA (social work), and Crerar (science and medicine). Detailed information on borrowing at all campus libraries, including the D'Angelo Law Library, is provided below.

Reserve Collection Policies

  • The first and second copy of reserve items are available for 4 hour loans.
  • Additional copies on reserve are available for 24 hour check out.
  • These 24 hour copies will generally have a sticker on the back under the barcode labeling them as 24 hour copies.
  • Reserve items checked out within two hours of closing will be due an hour after the library opens the next day.
  • Overdue reserve items accrue fines at the rate of $3 per hour, with a maximum of $75.

Reserve Renewals

  • Reserve items can only be renewed if there is another copy of the same book available in the Reserve Room for other students to check out.
  • If all other copies of a reserve book are checked out, a student must wait thirty minutes before checking the item out again to give other students an opportunity to check out the book.
  • If there is only one copy of a book on reserve, the item can be renewed if we haven't had demand for the item from other students.
  • Renewal requests for reserve items must be done in person.
  • During interim periods, longer loans can be arranged for items on permanent reserve.
  • Reserve material cannot be checked out to a carrel.

Special Borrowing Policies for D'Angelo Law Library Collections

  • Primary Law Materials. Primary law materials, such as case reports, session laws, and legislative codes, and other titles, are building use only.
  • Multiple Volume Sets. Certain multi-volume treatises, looseleafs, and other sets are building use only.
  • John P. Wilson Reading Room Books. Books in the John P. Wilson Reading Room must be used in the Reading Room. Many of these books have duplicate copies in the bookstacks, which may be charged to D'Angelo Law Library carrels.
  • Reference Books. Books in the reference collection do not circulate and must be used in the John P. Wilson Reading Room.
  • Faculty and Alumni Writings. Books from the D'Angelo Law Chicago Collection and D'Angelo Law Alumni Collection may be paged at the Circulation Desk and checked out for 72 hours.
  • City of Chicago Collection. Books in the City of Chicago Collection are shelved ion the 5th floor in range 31 and circulate on regular loan.
  • Fulton Room Collection. The Fulton Room's collection of general periodicals does not circulate and use is limited to the Fulton Room.
  • DVD Movies from the Reserve Reading Room circulate for 14 days.
  • Storage Collections. The D'Angelo Law Library maintains several storage collections and staff page items from those collections for patron use. Items in storage circulate on regular loan unless they are primary law or part of a multiple volume set. Consult the storage collections web page for additional information.
  • Silver Special Collections Rare Book Room. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be requested for in building use at the Circulation Desk.

Borrowing Policies for D'Angelo Law Library Carrels

Most D'Angelo Law Library materials may be charged to carrels or offices in the D'Angelo Law Library. These include books that are building use only such as law reports and advance sheets, codes, and multiple volume sets. In addition to being subject to regular recall, a book charged to a carrel may be removed briefly for the use of another patron. Books charged to carrels may not be taken out of the D'Angelo Law Library. Carrels are assigned to law students quarterly by the Head of Access Services. Law students who wish to apply for a carrel may do so using this online form or pick up a print application form at the D'Angelo Law Library Circulation Desk.

Borrowing Policies for Those Not Affiliated with the University

Non-University affiliated persons should use Interlibrary Loan for borrowing from the D'Angelo Law Library and other campus libraries. Law students and faculty from other Chicago area law schools (Northwestern, DePaul, Loyola, Chicago-Kent, John Marshall) have access privileges at the D'Angelo Law Library, but they do not have borrowing privileges. Students and faculty affiliated with other law schools may use the interlibrary loan services at their home institution to request D'Angelo Law Library books. While the D'Angelo Law Library does not lend books to individual attorneys, law firms which are members of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries may borrow books through Interlibrary Loan.

Alumni of the Law School and the University may purchase borrowing privileges for all campus libraries.