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Access Policies

Access to the Westminster Law Library is permitted only to:

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law students, faculty and staff
  • Other University of Denver students, faculty and staff
  • Sturm College of Law alumni
  • Licensed attorneys

Students, faculty and staff affiliated with the University of Denver must use their DU Pioneer Identification Cards to enter the library. Sturm College of Law alumni and other attorneys should knock on the door to alert the Circulation Desk Specialist. Please sign in at the circulation desk and provide either a DU identification number (alumni) or an attorney registration number. Law librarians may use the library but will be required to sign in at the circulation desk. University of Denver alumni may use the library for legal research but will be required to sign in at the circulation desk.

Members of the general public are not permitted to use the library. Those who need access to legal resources may use the Colorado Supreme Court Library (The Ralph Carr Judicial Center, 2 East 14th Avenue, Denver, cscl.colibraries.org). Those who need access to computers or other general library resources should visit the many excellent public libraries in the Denver metro area.

Restricted Access

Access to the library may be further restricted during reading and exam periods in the fall and spring semesters. During these periods, access is limited to University of Denver Sturm College of Law students, faculty and staff. Licensed attorneys needing to use the library for legal research will be admitted but will be required to sign in at the circulation desk.

Patrons with Disabilities

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 cardholders from Colorado Alliance academic libraries. 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.

Federal Depository Library

The law library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program and offers free public access to certain federal government information resources. The library collects approximately 10% of the materials available through the Depository program. Please contact Mark Popielarski (mpopielarski@law.du.edu, 303-871-6683) to make an appointment to view government documents.

Bar Examination Preparation

Law school graduates who are not Sturm College of Law alumni may have access to the library to study for the Colorado Bar Examination during the two months immediately preceding each exam. Please knock on the door to alert the Circulation Desk Specialist and sign in at the circulation desk.

Use Policies

Animals

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

Attorneys’ Use of Library Space

The library maintains its space and collection primarily to support the research and educational needs of the faculty and students of the Sturm College of Law. To support the local legal community, the library and its resources are available to licensed attorneys only for legal research. Meetings with clients and conducting other business are not permitted in the library. Any person who does not comply with this policy will be asked to leave and may be prohibited from using the library in the future.

Beverages

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.

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.

Computers

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

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.

Food

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.

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 Sturm College of Law’s Code of Academic Conduct.

Internet Use

Everyone who uses the library is expected to read and comply with the Internet Use Policy

Library Cards

For University of Denver students, faculty and staff, Pioneer cards act as library cards.

Sturm College of Law alumni have borrowing privileges for life. To obtain a library card, show your DU student ID or drivers license at the Circulation Desk. The staff will assist you with obtaining a library card. Your borrowing privileges will begin immediately.

Law firms and attorneys who are not College of Law alumni may purchase library cards for $100 per year. Please see the Circulation Desk Specialist.

Lost and Found

Check first with the Circulation Desk, but most items are transferred to the Office of Student Affairs, Suite 235B.

Noise

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.

Reshelving

Please do not reshelve books. Materials may be left on tabletops or shelving carts, 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.

Security

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.

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.

Tobacco, smokeless tobacco products and electronic cigarettes

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