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Who May Enter the Library

  • Westminster Law Library is open to all University of Denver faculty, students, staff, and alumni.
  • People who are not affiliated with the University can enter the library but cannot check out materials without becoming a library card holder. A library card can be purchased for $100 per year.

Restricted Access Periods:
The library reserves the right to restrict access of certain patrons. During the Restricted Access Periods, only DU Law School Community and patrons needing law materials, including government information users, will be admitted to the library. Members of the DU Law community (students, staff, and faculty) must swipe their ID cards to gain access to the library. Other patrons should knock on the door and request access from a library staff member.

Library access is restricted to DU Law students, faculty and staff and those with legitimate legal research needs (such as alumni and other local attorneys) from 9:00 p.m. until midnight on Sunday through Thursday night.

Students, Faculty, and Staff
Pioneer cards act as library cards. Be prepared to show your card at the Circulation Desk when checking out materials.

Alumni of the University of Denver Law School are entitled to free library access and borrowing privileges for life. Show your DU student ID or drivers license at the Circulation Desk, fill out an application form, and your library card will be mailed to you. You can begin checking out items immediately.

Public Patrons
The Westminster Law Library provides public access to our print collection and on-site access to select electronic resources. This public access policy includes government information housed at our facility as part of the Federal Depository Library Program. While the Library’s primary patrons are the faculty, students, and staff of the University of Denver, we provide access to these resources as a service to the community. The law librarians may offer limited reference help in locating and using these resources, but the librarians are prohibited from providing assistance which may constitute legal advice. Much of the Library’s collection does not circulate and members of the public cannot check out materials without becoming a library card holder.

Disabled Patrons
The elevator on the second level provides access to the first and third levels. Assistance with the use of library equipment and materials is available at the Reference Desk or the Circulation Desk. Please let us know of any special accommodations you may need. We will be happy to pull materials for you. For further information visit our Disabled Access page.

Alliance Library Patrons
Access to the Library is free to Colorado Alliance academic library cardholders. Members of the Alliance include Auraria, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Regis University, University of Colorado, University of Colorado Health Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, and University of Wyoming. You may use materials in the library but cannot check out materials. If you wish to check out materials, use Prospector and the items will be sent through interlibrary loan to your home library.


Service dogs are welcome in the Library, but no pets are permitted.

Cell Phones
In consideration of others, please refrain from using cell phones while in the library. If you need to receive or make a call, please set your phone to vibrate and take calls outside of the library.

Copiers are located in the Copy Rooms on the 1st and 3rd levels of the Library. Use change, bills, or your Pioneer ID card. Copies are 15 cents per page if you use cash.

Computers are located on the 2nd and 3rd levels of the library. The computers are to be used only for research purposes.

Drinking Fountains
Drinking fountains are located outside of the restroom areas, on the east side of each level of the the Library.

Fax Machine
A public fax machine is located on the second level, next to the printers. Local faxes may be sent for free. For assistance with long distance faxes, please contact the Reference Desk. The fax number is (303) 871-6020.

Fire Alarm
If a fire alarm goes off, please leave the library immediately. Do not use the elevator. Do not return to the library until instructed to do so. The fire department is authorized to ticket individuals who remain in the building during a fire alarm.

Small tidy snacks, like those found in the law school vending machines, that can be eaten quietly are allowed in the library and library study rooms. If you are eating a meal such as pizza, salad, soup, or sandwiches, etc., please use the common areas of the law school outside of the library. Library staff are the sole arbiters of acceptable snacks.

Food of any type is not permitted in the Hughes Rare Book Room.

Non-alcoholic beverages in covered containers are allowed in the library and study rooms. Please help us prevent damage to books, furniture, and carpets by reporting any spills to the library staff.

Beverages of any type are not permitted in the Hughes Rare Book Room.

Tobacco, smokeless tobacco products and electronic cigarettes
Tobacco, smokeless tobacco products (chew/dip) and electronic cigarettes are prohibited in the library and library study rooms.

Honor Code
“To take or attempt to take without authorization, to conceal or attempt to conceal, or to destroy or attempt to destroy material belonging to the library” is a violation of the University of Denver College of Law Code of Academic Conduct, Section III(3).

Lost and Found
Check first with the Circulation Desk, but most items are transferred to the Student Affairs office, room 115.

The stack areas are to be used for quiet study only. If you are using these areas, please keep conversations and unnecessary noise to a minimum. Groups should work in study rooms.

We request that you do not reshelve your books. Materials may be left on tabletops, shelving areas, or at the Circulation Desk. The shelving staff will handle all reshelving. Materials used in the copy machine areas may be left on the shelves provided. Library materials are shelved at least once a day. If you do not wish materials you are using to be returned to the shelf, please leave a note with the message “Do not shelve” and the date and time. Marked materials will not be disturbed for 24 hours. In order to ensure access for all library users, we ask that materials not be “saved” for more than a day.

Restrooms are located on all three levels of the library on the east wall. Each level has one handicap accessible restroom.

Personal belongings should not be left unattended in the library due to the possibility of theft. To report any problems, call Campus Security at 303-871-2334.

Smoking is not permitted inside any building on the University of Denver campus.

Study Rooms
Study rooms are available for group use by students, staff, and faculty of the Sturm College of Law. Groups not affiliated with the College may not use these rooms. Individual use of study rooms is not allowed. Please reserve rooms in advance using the Study Room Reservation System.