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For a complete list of library policies, see the Law Library Guide (PDF, opens in a new window) which is available at the Reference Desk.


Only drinks in covered containers (e.g. cup with lids, bottles with caps) are allowed in the library, the study rooms or the computer lab. Food or tobacco products of any kind are NOT allowed.

Noise and Cell Phones

Please respect the needs of those who wish to study quietly. Keep conversations and other unnecessary noise to a minimum. Use of cellular phones is prohibited in the library area. All calls should be made outside the library in the lobby area.

Closing the Law Library

The library closes at the times listed in the library hours section. No one is allowed to stay in the library after the library is closed. After 6 PM daily, only law students, law faculty, and patrons who need to use the Law Library collection are permitted to enter the College of Law. Law faculty and students may use their electronic key to access the building after 6 PM.

Fines/Lost Books

Books are due back to the library on the date stamped on the due slip in the front of the book. There is a five day grace period on 30 day checkouts. There is no grace period on Reserve or 3 day items. Books returned after the five day grace period will be billed the full fine. The Fine Schedule is as follows:

  • 4 week check out (books) - $.10/day, $10 maximum
  • 3 day check out (bound periodicals) - $.25/day, $10 maximum
  • 4 hour check out (reserve materials) - $.60/hour, $25 maximum

Overdue notices are e-mailed to the student's OU e-mail account as a reminder. If this is not the student's primary e-mail address, the OU account can be forwarded to the primary account. Please see the computer lab attendant for assistance in this procedure.

The cost for replacement of a lost book which includes a reacquisition/re-cataloging fee, is a minimum $77.00 per item, plus a $15.00 nonrefundable replacement fee. If the item is returned within 1 year, the reacquisition/re-cataloging fee of $77.00 will be refunded. However the replacement fee and overdue fines are not refundable.

Failure to receive an overdue notice is not grounds for reduction or cancellation of fines. All fines and lost book charges are sent to the Bursar's office for collection. If you do not pay the fines or fees, your name will go onto a stop list at the Bursar's office. This will prevent you from obtaining transcripts, grades, diploma or enrolling for classes. If your enrollment is on hold due to library fines, please contact the Billing department at (405) 325-1856.

Presidential Policy on Equal Opportunity

This University in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services.

President's Statement of Commitment to Affirmative Action

The University of Oklahoma, recognizing its obligation to guarantee equal opportunity to all persons in all segments of University life, reaffirms its commitment to the continuation and expansion of positive programs which reinforce and strengthen its affirmative action policies. This commitment stems not only from compliance with federal and state equal opportunity laws but from a desire to ensure social justice and promote campus diversity. The University will continue its policy of fair and equal employment practices for all employees and job applicants without insidious discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, religion, political affiliation, disability or status as a veteran. The University will maintain a critical and continuing evaluation of its employment policies, programs and practices. Each budget unit bears a responsibility for constructive implementation of this Plan, and whenever possible, to the overall progress toward employment opportunity and participation in all University programs and activities. Our commitment to the concept of affirmative action requires sincere and cooperative efforts throughout all levels of our employment structure. We will continue to strive to reach the goals of fair and equal employment opportunities for all.