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Circulation Policy

Student Borrowing – Currently enrolled (active) Barry or UCF students may check out up to 50 items from the Law Library with a valid student ID. Most books may be checked out for 30 days with noted exceptions below. 



Faculty Borrowing – Faculty may check out up to 75 items from the Law Library. Most books may be checked out for 120 days with noted exceptions below. At the end of each semester, their liaison will contact them to arrange for the renewal or the return of Law Library materials that are no longer needed. 


*Exceptions (for faculty only, upon request) may be granted for extensions to item loan periods and for borrowing non-circulating material. 

Alumni Borrowing – Barry alumni may check out up to 10 items for a period of two (2) weeks for most books, with noted exceptions below. A valid government-issued photo ID or Barry student ID is required. 



Florida Bar Members Borrowing – FL Bar Members may check out up to 5 items for period of one (1) week for most books, with noted exceptions below. A valid government-issued photo ID and FL Bar card are required. 



Other Borrowing – We do not currently allow any borrowing outside the above established groups.

Replacement & Damage Policy – All borrowers are subject to fines for lost and damaged material.

Holds – If an item is currently checked out to another patron, a hold request may be placed on that item. Please note that certain items such as Reserve items and headphones are not eligible for placing holds. A hold may be requested either online or in-person at the Circulation Desk of the Law Library.

Once a hold is placed and the item becomes available, a notice will be sent by e-mail to the patron who placed the hold, notifying them that the item is ready to be picked up from the Circulation Desk. The patron will then have three (3) days to pick up the item. If it is not picked up, the item will be returned to the shelves (or made available to the next person on the waiting list, if applicable).

Recalls – Library material is considered recalled when the user is notified that the material needs be returned to the Library (usually due to high demand for the item/special circumstances warranting the prompt return of the item). All library material is subject to being recalled after the borrower has had the item for at least 14 days (sooner for Reserve items). This will result in a change to the item’s due date.

Recalled books must be returned without delay. Failure to return books that have been recalled will result in the suspension of borrowing privileges.

Once the recalled item is returned, the patron who placed the recall will be notified via email that the item is ready for pick up. The patron will then have three (3) days to pick up the item. If it is not picked up, the item will be returned to the shelves (or made available to the next person on the waiting list, if applicable). 

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Study Room Policy

In keeping with Barry University School of Law’s commitment to offer necessary materials, resources, and services to its users, the Barry Law Library provides study room access to all currently enrolled students. These study rooms are available through checkout services at the circulation department in conjunction with the Law Library room scheduling system (http://barry-law.libcal.com/rooms.php?i=15191).

All doors are keyed and locked for these purposes, with access available for patrons to check out study rooms for up to four hours per day, per student, and booked up to one week in advance. By providing this service, the Law Library can ensure quiet, clean areas for students to study, while simultaneously keeping track of accurate usage statistics for the University.

Study rooms are available for checkout on any day that the Law Library is open, in accordance with the current School of Law calendar. Occasionally, faculty, staff, or administrators may reserve study rooms, but such reservations are only allowed when they will not significantly impact study room availability for Barry Law students.

The following rooms may be reserved in the Law Library:

First Floor Conference Room
101-B
101-C
101-D
101-E
201-B
201-C
201-D
2A
2B
2C
3B

Study rooms:

  • Are available for up to 4 hours per day, per student.
  • Booked up to one week in advance.
  • Law Library staff is not responsible for items left in rooms unattended.
  • Patrons must note all users (names and email addresses) in room scheduling forms.
  • If a group or individual will be more than 15 minutes late for their booking, they must call the Law Library to notify staff – if groups do not call to notify staff, their room will be forfeited and the reservation will be cancelled.
  • Cooperation and courtesy are required and appreciated. If you are unable to resolve a dispute over use of the room, please seek staff assistance at the Circulation Desk.
  • Food is not allowed and drinks must be in covered containers only. Rooms must be left in clean condition.
  • If the key is not returned, patron will be fined $150 replacement fee.
  • Patrons who intentionally and repeatedly violate this policy risk being banned from reserving a group study room.

Food and Drink Policy

The faculty and staff of the Law Library want your library to be a place that is comfortable for everyone. In an effort to make the Law Library an inviting and comfortable place for study and research, while maximizing the continuing value of the Law Library’s collections, equipment, and furnishings, the Law Library has a food and drink policy. By promoting responsible user behavior, this policy attempts to achieve a balance between our users' social needs and the need to preserve and protect our collections.

Guidelines: In order to protect our resources and facilities from damage, we ask that all Law Library users adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Sturdy, spill-proof containers for beverages are required
  • Limit your consumption of food to pre-packaged snacks, such as granola bars, chips, nuts, pretzels, cookies, etc. Foods such as pizza, burgers, fries, sandwiches, salads, fast food, etc. (meals) should be consumed in the school cafeteria or concourse area.
  • Avoid snacks that disturb those around you (i.e. aromatic foods) or damage library materials
  • Dispose of any food and drink-related trash before you leave. It is your responsibility to throw away wrappers, containers and other trash in the appropriate trash receptacles
  • Report any spills that may occur to Library staff immediately
  • Alcoholic beverages - possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages within the library is prohibited  Smoking is not permitted in the library or within 25 feet of library entrances
  • No food or drink deliveries to the law library are permitted. Users violating this policy will be asked to remove the food and drink from the area.

Limitations: In order to protect the Law Library’s collections and equipment, eating and drinking are not permitted at or near:

  • Computer workstations
  • Printers or photocopiers
  • Aisles and stacks where books are shelved
  • ​​Special collections

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Noise Policy

Patrons of the University Law Library have the right to expect a quiet and pleasant library environment conducive to research and scholarship and free of disruptive activity. Noise levels may fluctuate during the day depending on activities scheduled in the Law Library. Patrons bothered by excessive noise should contact a library employee at either the Circulation or Reference desks. Law Library employees are authorized to resolve any noise complaints.

To ensure Law Library patrons’ rights, noise should be kept to a minimum throughout the Law Library, and the following guidelines are strictly enforced:

  • Quiet Areas are designated in the Law Library. Absolutely no noise or conversation is permitted in Quiet Areas. (NOTE: The entire third floor is designated as a Quiet Area).
  • Group Study is permitted in all places that are not designated Quiet Areas. However, conversations should be kept at a low volume. (Note: the entire second floor is designated as a low volume area).
  • Cell phones and pagers must be turned off or set to silent mode in the Law Library; cell phone conversations should be brief and kept at a low volume and are only permitted on the 1st floor or outside the building.
  • Electronic devices without earphones or turned loud enough to disturb others are prohibited in the Law Library.

Users who fail to comply with this policy may be asked to leave the Law Library.

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Law Library Access for Visitors

In order to fulfill its mission and serve the teaching, research and scholarly activities of faculty, students and staff of the Law School, access controls and restrictions are in effect. Use of the library is intended for access to those resources unavailable at other regional public libraries to which a visitor has access. The mission of all Barry University Libraries is to provide the Barry community with a pleasant environment conducive to study, research and the continuation of the educational process. It is important that procedures and policies are in place to protect the health and safety of library users and preserve materials, equipment and the facilities. Dedicated areas of the libraries have additional policies that apply to that area. The following policies apply in all public areas of the buildings.

The Law Library is open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni during hours posted on the School’s website. Visitors are welcome from, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, excluding school holidays.

Visitors include UCF faculty, students and staff with a valid institutional ID card; holders of a Florida Bar card; and visitors to Special Collections who have arranged access in advance. Visitors must state a valid reason to use Law Library resources if asked by an employee or a Security guard. Visitors will be required to exit the Law Library at the close of regular visitor hours.

During the week prior to final examinations, and during the final examination period, only currently enrolled students, faculty, staff and alumni may access the Law Library. Written permission for access during this time for other researchers must be arranged in advance.

All patrons are required to abide by Library Conduct Policies:

  • Entering the Library: 
    • Visitors must enter through clearly marked doors and the adjacent turnstiles
    • All visitors must show an ID and must sign into the log book, secure a badge, sign a release form, and sign out upon exiting the building
  • Display of a Visitor badge is required at all times
  • Food and Drink – observe posted signs
  • Noise – observe posted signs
  • Destroying or Damaging Materials is unlawful and may result in criminal penalties
  • Smoking and Tobacco Use are not permitted
  • Animals – only guide dogs and service animals are permitted
  • Use of Radios, CD Players, Cell Phones, and Other Equipment is not permitted
  • Use of Library Staff Equipment is not permitted
  • Loitering, Soliciting and Advertising is not permitted
  • Computers - All public access computers in the Law Library are restricted to currently enrolled Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law students, staff, administrators, and alumni.


Bar Member Special Privileges

The Law Library permits Bar Members access to the Library during non-visitor hours; after 6pm and on weekends. However, Bar Members may not access the Law Library during the week prior to final examinations, and during the final examination period. Only currently enrolled students, faculty, staff, and alumni may access the Law Library during exam study and exam weeks.

The Law Library extends circulation privileges, in a limited way, to Florida Bar members and alumni. In each case, a requestor must document a relevant need to borrow from the circulating collection.

  • Only five (5) items may be checked out at any given time.
  • Privileges are valid for a designated period of time indicated at checkout

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Continuing Legal Education (CLE) materials

The Barry Law Library maintains a collection of several current Continuing Legal Education (CLE) materials on CD or DVD, which often come with print supplements.  

Barry Law faculty, alumni, and Florida Bar members may check out CLE materials for up to seven days.

For an updated list of our CLE collection, call the Circulation Desk at 
(321) 206-5700 or e-mail the Reference Librarians at lawreferencelibrarians@barry.edu.

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