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Borrowing Materials

Circulation Policy

ALL WVU students, faculty and staff may check out books that circulate for the duration of a semester. See exceptions below under Special Collections.  You may renew materials online by logging into your  “WVU Libraries Account” or  in person in the law library, or  by calling the Library Circulation Desk at 304-293-5300, or via email. To borrow Law Library materials, you must have a current WVU  ID card (Mountaineer Card). 

College of Law faculty members may grant proxy borrowing privileges to their Research/Teaching Assistants. For information on setting up a proxy account, please see a Library staff member at the Circulation Desk. Proxy borrowing privileges do not extend to E-ZBorrow or ILLiad (please see Interlibrary Loan procedures on this page).

Public Patrons may check out books that circulate for the duration of three weeks. See exceptions below under Special Collections. Books may be renewed in person in the law library, by calling the Library Circulation Desk at 304-293-5300, or via   email. Public Patrons may check out up to five items at a time, with a maximum of two CD sets. 

Public Patrons must have a Law Library Borrower’s Card. To apply for a card, visit the Circulation Desk and bring ID. Borrower’s Cards are valid for one year and may be renewed annually. There is no charge for a Law Library Borrower’s Card. For information on obtaining a Resident Borrower’s Card for other WVU Libraries visit WVU Libraries Resident Borrower Policies.

Special Collections in the law library such as Bar Reserve, Course Reserve, Legal Leisure, Media Services Equipment, Racial Justice, and Study Aids may circulate but may be checked out for a limited time period. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk for circulation information regarding these collections.

Overdue Materials

Notices are sent via campus email. It is the responsibility of the borrower to know when library materials are due and to renew or return them on or before the due date, you are also responsible for checking your email for these notices.

Billing Guidelines

Books and any items with accompanying media
that have not been returned or renewed within
30 days past their due dates will be treated as
“Lost”. Bills will be issued for the lost item replacement. Replacement costs are
determined by the specific item.

Once the bill is paid, the library user has six
months to return the item and still receive a
credit for the replacement charge.

The following items are not covered by these guidelines and do accrue daily fines: ILL and E-ZBorrow loans

In general, faculty, staff, graduate and
undergraduate students have a semester loan
for books. However, loan periods may vary
among campus libraries.

Overdue Charges

Student bills are referred to the Office of Student Accounts and can be paid in person or online via
the link to Student Accounts in STAR or Mix. 

Faculty and staff borrowing privileges are
blocked for bills over $100 or when materials
have been billed for replacement. Payment for
bills can be made by check. The library does not accept cash. 

Public patron privileges are blocked when
materials have been billed for replacement.
Payment for bills can be made by check. The
library does not accept cash.

Interlibrary Loan

College of Law students, faculty, and staff may request materials not owned by the Law Library from another WVU library or through our interlibrary loan services.  To complete an interlibrary loan request please follow the steps outlined below or contact the Law Library circulation desk for assistance at (304) 293-5300.  Please note that all interlibrary loan systems require a borrower to use WVU log in or WVU ID number and select “Law Library” as the pick-up location.  


  1. Search  WorldCat, our online catalog, to determine if the Law Library owns the material.
  2. If the WorldCat record indicates that another WVU Library owns the material (such as the Downtown, Evansdale, or Health Sciences Libraries), you may request the book via the “Get It From WVU (BX)” button available at the bottom of the WorldCat record for that item. Books and all other print materials can be ordered from other WVU Libraries, and the estimated delivery time is two to three business days.
  3. If neither the Law Library nor the other WVU Libraries own the material, you may request the item via the “Request From Another Library (ILL)” button available at the bottom of the WorldCat record. Books and other resources such as journal articles may be ordered. The estimated delivery time for books is one to two weeks and journal articles are delivered email within one to two business days. Note that not all requests can be fulfilled.

Photocopying and Printing 

Printer/Copier/Scanners are available in the Law Library. Black and white printing and copying costs $0.06 per page. Color printing and copying costs $0.25 per page. There is no charge to scan and send to email. WVU patrons must use a Mountaineer ID card to pay for printing and copying. Public patrons must have a Copy-Print Card to print and to use the copier. Copy-Print Cards may be obtained at the Circulation Desk. All patrons may deposit money on cards using a debit or credit card on the  Deposit Mountie Bounty Online page.

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