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Circulation Policies

Circulating materials from the general collection may be checked out by current Pace faculty, staff, students, and Friends of Pace Law Library for a period of two weeks.  Materials may be renewed if not requested by another patron, but are subject to recall.  Renewals may be done by telephone, (914) 422-4273, or in person. A valid Pace photo ID with a patron bar code is required to borrow library materials.

Reserve materials may be used by current Pace Law students in the Library and in the study rooms on the second and third floors of the Glass Building. 

Any materials currently being supplemented may not be taken out of the Law Library.  In addition, the following materials may not be borrowed from the Law Library:

  • Periodicals
  • Statutes and codes
  • Court reports
  • Agency decisions
  • Court rules
  • Indexes and digests
  • Reference books
  • Reserve materials (with some exceptions - see below)
  • Encyclopedias
  • Looseleaf services and items with pocket parts
  • Materials kept up to date by pocket parts or supplements
  • Multi-volume treatises
  • Form books
  • Rare books

All patrons are personally responsible for material checked out in their name.  Materials should not be checked out by Pace ID holders for non-Pace patrons. In the past, this practice has frequently led to a delinquent account for the Pace ID holder, who is required to pay the overdue fine or book replacement costs in order to graduate or to register for the following semester.

Fines

A fine of 10¢ per day is imposed for each overdue book borrowed by Pace faculty, staff, and students. For Friends of Pace Law Library, the fine is $1.00 per day. The fine for overdue reserve books is 50¢ for each hour or any part of an hour for all library patrons.

For lost or damaged books, the amount of the fine will be based on the extent of the damage to the book or the cost of replacing it plus a $20 processing fee for each lost or damaged book. All payments must be paid in cash or by check.

Failure of a student to pay a fine is reported to the Registrar's Office. Students with delinquent accounts will not be permitted to receive transcripts, register for classes, or graduate.

Searches and Holds

A book which is not in its place in the library stacks may be found in a number of other places. A search of carrels and tables may locate unshelved books, as may a search of the photocopier areas on the main floor (stack level 3) and stack level 1.

Books waiting to be shelved are placed on holding shelves, located near the elevator on each stack level. Books recently returned might also be on a book truck behind the Circulation Desk.

If a book is checked out, you may request that it be held for you upon return. You can do this by filling out an intercampus loan form at the Circulation Desk. When the item is returned, you will be notified via e-mail and the book will be held for you at the Circulation Desk of the Law Library for five days before it is reshelved.

If a book, periodical, or other item cannot be located, a search may be requested by filling out a brief form at the Circulation Desk.  Check again within a day or two to see whether the material has been found.

Off-Site Retrievals

Part of our collection is being stored in an off-site facility, Iron Mountain Inc., which is located in Ulster County, New York. Materials currently held at this facility include rare books and British case reporters.

Patrons may request materials from this off-site facility according to the following schedule:

  • Materials requested Monday - Thursday, before 2PM, will be delivered to the Law Library the following day.
  • Materials requested between 2PM Thursday and 2PM Friday will be delivered to the Law Library on Monday.
  • Materials requested between 2PM on Friday and 2PM on Monday will be delivered to the Law Library on Tuesday.

After retrieval, materials will be held at the Circulation Desk until the end of the current semester. Materials from off-site storage will be checked out from the Circulation Desk as if they were reserve materials. Patrons must present a photo ID when checking out the materials, and renew them every two hours.