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Law Faculty Services Guide

University Libraries Borrowing Privileges

  • Law faculty may borrow books and other materials from any University Libraries location.
    • Must present university ID in order to check out material. 
  • Law faculty are responsible for all materials charged to their account.
  • More information about borrowing privileges.

The Library catalog

  • The library catalog is the online catalog of materials owned by Penn State Libraries.
  • The Law Library catalog is fully integrated with University Libraries. 
  • Access the library catalog.

I Want It

  • “I Want It” is a feature of the the library catalog for requesting delivery of materials from one Penn State library location to a requested library location for pick-up.
    • Click on the “I Want It” icon when the selected item is displayed.
    • Choose the pick-up location from the drop-down list.

Interlibrary Loan

  • ILLiad is the the interlibrary loan system used by the Penn State University Libraries. 
  • Law faculty may request:
    • Items (books, articles, DVDs, etc) from libraries outside of the Penn State network. 
    • Documents, such as a copy of an article, from another Penn State library. 
  • To request an item log into ILLiad using PSU credentials.
  • Call  (717-240-5267) or email the Law Library for assistance.

My Library Account

  • Feature of the library catalog:
    • View the status of materials that have been requested through the library catalog.
    • View items checked out.
    • Renew items.
    • Cancel holds.

Fines and Charges

  • Fines and charges may be assessed for lost books, failure to return recalled materials, or overdue fines on certain materials.
  • Law faculty are not subject to payroll wage garnishment for payment of fines and charges.  However, borrowing privileges may be suspended until payment of charges is made through alternate means.
  • Law faculty should make every effort to avoid fines and charges.
  • The Law Library's Access Services Manager, Jeri Fitzsimons, should be notified for assistance with payment and resolution.

Faculty Office Checkout

  • Members of the law faculty have a personal library account and a “Faculty Office Account”.
  • Personal Library Account
    • University Libraries owned materials may only be checked out to a personal account.
    • May be recalled for use by other patrons.
  • Faculty Office Account
    • Law School owned materials may be checked out to a faculty office account.
    • No due date, no renewals, no recalls
    • Faculty may request an item for purchase and faculty office checkout (see Faculty Purchase Requests for more information).
    • Periodically inventoried by the Law Library.

Library Proxy Service

  • The Law Library Proxy Service allows a faculty member to authorize their research assistants to check out or place holds on library materials directly to the faculty member’s library account.
    • Library Materials
      • Only items owned by Penn State libraries may checked out using the proxy service.
      • Inter-library loan materials must be requested by either the faculty member or the Access Services Supervisor; these items are non-transferable.
    • Authorization
      • The Law Library requires both the faculty member and research assistant to sign an agreement form to authorize the service.
      • The service must be renewed on a yearly basis.
      • The forms can be obtained from the Law Library or online.

Course Reserves

Each semester we ask you if there are books or other materials you would like to put on reserve for your students, and send you (if applicable) a list of items previously on reserve for each course.

Place materials on physical Course Reserve or E-Reserve.

For assistance in placing physical course reserve materials or e-reserve items, please contact Jeri Fitzsimons.