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Barry University School of Law Library: Policies

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Law Library Policies


The Barry Law Library is for use exclusively by the Barry University Community and licensed bar members only. The Barry University Community consists of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 

Barry students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome in the Law Library during all posted hours.

Bar members are welcome during all posted hours except during exam periods (see Schedule & Closures list).

During the week prior to and during final examinations, 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.

The mission of Barry University Law Library is to provide the Barry community with a pleasant environment conducive to study, research and the continuation of the educational process.

Use of the library is intended for access to those resources unavailable at other regional public libraries to which a visitor has access.

All patrons are required to abide by the following library conduct policies:

  • All visitors must show an ID.
  • Visitors must sign into the log book at the Circulation Desk and sign out upon exiting the building.
  • Destroying or damaging materials is unlawful and may result in criminal penalties.
  • Animals – only guide dogs and service animals are permitted.
  • Use of library staff equipment is not permitted.
  • Loitering, soliciting and advertising is not permitted.
  • Use of Law Library computers are restricted to currently enrolled Barry University School of Law students, staff, administrators, and alumni.

If asked by an employee and/or security guard, visitors must state a valid reason for utilizing Law Library resources.

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Replacement & Damage Policy

All borrowers are subject to fines for lost and damaged material.

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Study Rooms

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 Desk in conjunction with the Law Library reservation system.

  • Study rooms are available to reserve 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.
  • Rooms are available for up to 4 hours per day (per student) and can be booked up to one week in advance. 
  • 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 canceled.
  • Law Library staff is not responsible for items left in rooms unattended.
  • Cooperation and courtesy are required. 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, students will be fined $150 for a replacement fee.

Students who intentionally and repeatedly violate study room policies risk being banned from reserving a group study room.

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Bar Members

The Law Library permits Bar members access to the Library during non-visitor hours: after 6 p.m. and on weekends.

Bar members may not access the Law Library during the week prior to final examinations & 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 limited circulation privileges to Florida Bar members and alumni. In each case, a requestor must document a relevant need to borrow from the circulating collection.

  • Only 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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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 7 days.

For an updated list of our CLE collection, call the Circulation Desk at (321) 206-5700 or email/text the Reference Librarians at

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Food & Beverage

In order to protect our facilities from damage, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Consumption of food is limited to prepackaged snacks, such as granola bars, chips, nuts, pretzels, etc. Foods such as pizza, burgers, sandwiches, salads & fast foods should be consumed in the school café or concourse area.
  • Food or drink deliveries to the law library are prohibited.
  • Avoid aromatic snacks that could disturb those around you or damage library materials.
  • Dispose of snack & drink items before you leave. It is the personal responsibility of the consumer to throw away wrappers, containers and other trash.
  • Beverages must be in spill-proof containers.
  • Consuming or possessing alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited.
  • Please report any spills to library staff immediately.

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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 Desk or seek a reference librarian. Law Library employees are authorized to resolve any noise complaints. Users who fail to comply with this policy may be asked to leave the Law Library.

Cell Phones & Other Electronic Devices

Library users are to set cell phones & other electronic devices to non-audible signals while in the Law Library; 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.

Quiet Areas

Quiet Areas, where absolutely no noise or conversation is permitted, are designated in the Law Library (e.g. the entire 3rd floor is designated as a Quiet Area).

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Lost & Found

Personal items left in the library are held at the Circulation Desk in the lost & found area. 

Please visit or contact Circulation for assistance with a lost item. 

Phone:  321-206-5700; Email:

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Barry University School of Law is a smoke free campus.

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