Appropriate Use Policy
Statement of Appropriate Use and Conduct
The Westminster Law Library is a private research facility that exists primarily to support the educational and research needs of the Sturm College of Law faculty, staff, and students. Secondarily, the Law Library supports the needs of the University of Denver community, and the local bar. We are committed to fostering an atmosphere that is conducive to the pursuit of a multi-faceted legal education; and sustaining an environment that encourages research, learning, and the preservation of the library’s collection to ensure ongoing access to legal resources.
Users admitted to the Law Library are thereby expected to follow the rules and regulations for the use of Law Library materials and to behave appropriately. All users are expected to comport themselves in manner that is polite, professional, and respectful. The Westminster Law Library promotes an attitude and atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation and consideration among librarians and staff, and we expect the same from our library users.
Every user of the Law Library has a responsibility to:
- communicate and behave in a professional manner
- safeguard the integrity of library resources
- respect the restrictions placed on access to and the use of those resources
- report to library officers the theft, destruction, or misuse of library resources by others
- respect the rights of others and the use of the library according to current noise policy
- respect the authority of the librarians and staff whose job it is to protect library resources
The following are prohibited:
- illegal copying
- the systematic exploitation for profit of library resources or materials, including databases and electronic resources.
- unauthorized removal of materials or property from the library
- students or other affiliates using their library privileges for reasons other than their personal academic pursuits
- destruction, defacement, or abuse of library materials or property
- possession of alcohol or other controlled substances
- possession of weapons of any kind including but not limited to firearms, knives, razor blades, mace, or pepper spray.
- animals, with the exception of service animals.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the Bar, and/or any other users who fail to comply with rules and regulations are subject to revocation of library privileges, disciplinary action, and/or legal prosecution. All Law Library users are subject to the fines and penalties of the University of Denver as well as the laws of the State of Colorado.
Appropriate Use: Library & Law School Spaces
Attorney Use of Library Space
The Westminster Law 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 Law Library and its resources are available to licensed attorneys for legal research purposes.
*Meetings with clients or conducting other business is not permitted in the Law Library. * Any person who does not comply with this policy will be asked to leave and may be prohibited from using the Law Library in the future.
Hughes Rare Book Room
The Hughes Rare Book Room is a clean, quiet place for study. Food, beverage, and tobacco consumption is strictly prohibited. All technology use, including cell phones, is also prohibited. Students caught violating this policy may be asked to leave the Law Library.
If you are interested in accessing one of the volumes while in the Hughes Rare Book Room, please check with Law Library staff at the circulation desk.
University offices or groups interested in conducting a photo shoot, video recording, or video interview in the Hughes Rare Book Room must be coordinated and approved in advance. Please contact James Britt, Head of Access Services, at j for more information and room reservation requests.
Study rooms in the Law Library and throughout the law school are, at all times, reserved only for Sturm College of Law students, faculty, and staff. Groups who are not affiliated with the Sturm College of Law may not use these rooms.
The Law Library contains five study rooms that are located along the north side of the 3rd floor, including four 4-person study rooms and one 10-person room. Students may reserve a study room in the Law Library or throughout the law school using the online reservation system. The Study Room Guidelines govern the usage of all study rooms in the Sturm College of Law, including those located in the Law Library.
General College of Law Space Policy
The Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver only allows after-hours use of its building by University of Denver students, faculty, and staff. All others will be required to leave the premises when the Westminster Law Library closes.
Additionally, at all times, use of the study rooms and classrooms are reserved for Sturm College of Law students, faculty, and staff and other programs housed in, or approved in advance by, the Sturm College of Law.