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Law Library Student Services

Information for UW Law students about the services we offer.

Checking Out Books

Search for your book using the catalog. Log in to request it directly from the catalog. 

Law Library Materials

Loan Periods for UW Law Students
Law Library Location Loan Period for UW Law Students
Classified Stacks, L1 & L2 12 weeks, subject to recall
Compact Stacks, L2 12 weeks, subject to recall
Course Reserves, office next to the Info Desk GATES HALL USE ONLY--4 hours
Equipment, Info Desk L1 GATES HALL USE ONLY--end of the day
Good Reads, L1 12 weeks, subject to recall
Microfiche & Microfilm, Reference Area L1 12 weeks, subject to recall
Reference Area, L1 2 weeks, subject to recall

Other UW Libraries

Request materials from other UW Libraries through the catalog or visit the library in person to check materials out. Map of all UW Libraries. Most UW Libraries materials are checked out for 12 weeks, subject to recall.

Summit Libraries Materials

You can find materials at other Pacific Northwest academic institutions ("Summit Libraries") through the catalog. Log in to request that these materials be delivered for you to the hold shelf near the Info Desk. Most Summit materials are checked out for 12 weeks, subject to recall. Summit items are allowed one renewal. 

Interlibrary Loan & Scanning Services

We provide Interlibrary Loan borrowing services for materials needed for academic purposes that are not available at the Law Library or through the combined catalog. Request books and articles with your user account via the Interlibrary Loan page.

Hold Shelf

When you request items using the library catalog "Request UW Item", "Request Summit Item", or make an interlibrary loan request, your items will be placed on the hold shelf which is located in the small bookcase across from the Info Desk on L1. 

How long do books take to arrive after being requested? Approximate times:

  • Law Library items: by the next open morning
  • UW Libraries items: 1-4 days
  • Summit items: 3-5 days
  • Interlibrary Loan: 2-3 weeks

Hold shelf items expire: Most items generally stay on the hold shelf for two weeks after which your hold will expire.

Email notification: You will receive an email when the item arrives at the desk.

Check out your items: Please bring your hold items to the Information Desk to check out using our self-checkout machines or by asking staff at the desk. 

Your Library Account

For information about how to see what you have requested/checked out and how to pay library fines, log in to this page. Fines and fees information, including appeals, is on the UW Libraries Library Account Services Fines page. 

Returning Books

Please return library items to any book drop located on a UW Seattle, Bothell, or Tacoma campus. All UW Libraries book returns can be found here

Gallagher Law Library has four book drops: 

  • Two at the Info Desk (one inside the library & one outside the library entrance)
  • At the entrance of the law school facing Memorial Way
  • At the back entrance of the law school on 15th Ave

Fines & Fees

Renewing Materials:

You can renew the books that are checked out to you via your library account. Overdue materials need to come back to us in person before we can renew them. 

Overdue fines:

The law library does not charge daily overdue fines for law library materials. UW Libraries does not charge overdue fines for renewable items. Materials that cannot be renewed:

  • Books more than 21 days overdue ("lost")
  • Books that have been requested by another user
  • Summit items
  • Interlibrary loan items

Materials that incur hourly overdue fines:

  • Course reserves

Materials that incur daily overdue fines:

  • UW Libraries books that have been requested by another user
  • Summit items
  • Interlibrary loan items

Lost item fees:

If an item becomes more than 21 days overdue, you will be billed for the the item (typically a $150 fee, which is refundable upon return) as well as being charged a $30 non-refundable lost item processing fee. If you have lost or damaged a book, please contact us at

Disputing Fines and Fees:

The Law Library cannot overturn a fine or fee you have accrued on your library account. To appeal a charge on your account due to error or special circumstance, see the UW Libraries Appeal of Library Charges page.