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    Access Policy

    The University of Detroit Mercy is a private institution. The Kresge Law Library is open to all faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the university. In addition, the library is a selective Federal Depository Library, and as such is open to members of the public so they may access legal materials obtained through this program.
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    Access Rules

    • Members of the public may not access the library unless working on a legal project. Lounging and loitering are prohibited.
       
    • Members of the public may not access the study rooms and may not use the student computers.
       
    • Study rooms may only be used by Detroit Mercy Law students.
       
    • Only Detroit Mercy Law students may use the student computer workstations. However, the library has an open wireless network for those who have devices with wireless capabilities.
       
    • Legal research terminals are available for members of the public. These terminals are located near the Reference Desk. They have no word processing or independent web surfing capabilities.
       
    • Access to the library may be restricted at critical times of the year, such as during midterms and final exams. Restricted hours will be posted onsite.
       
    • Under no circumstances will members of the public be allowed to conduct business transactions or client meetings in the library.
       
    • Members of the public may not disrupt or interfere with the activities of our students.
       
    • Patrons are not allowed to dispense legal advice.
       
    • The librarian in charge has the sole discretion in determining what activities are unacceptable.
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    Circulation Policy

    General Rules:

    • Any item may be recalled after the initial borrower has had it for two weeks. The Detroit Mercy Law Library reserves the right to recall an item before the two weeks has expired, if warranted by special circumstances. Recall requests are handled at the circulation desk.
       
    • All checked out items may be renewed once, either in person, by telephone, or via email. If a member of the staff does not respond to an email renewal, the item has not been renewed. All subsequent renewals must be in person, with the item being presented to library staff at the circulation desk. If a student is unwilling to present an item, it will be deemed a "Missing Book." The "Missing Book" designation also applies to any book reported as lost and any book that library staff cannot locate within a reasonable period of time.
       
    • Students and alumni will be charged for missing books. Failure to pay for a lost item in a timely fashion may result in suspended or terminated borrowing privileges. Charges for lost items cover the actual replacement cost of the item, plus a $25.00 processing fee. If an item's value cannot be ascertained, students and alumni will be required to pay a replacement fee of $75.00, plus the $25.00 processing fee, to the Library Development Fund.

    Detroit Mercy Law Students:

    • Your name must be listed in our patron records; if not, you need to obtain confirmation from the Registrar that you are a registered student. A picture ID is required in order to check out materials.
       
    • All books that are checked out to law students are due on the last day of the semester.
       
    • Student borrowing privileges are suspended when an item is more than seven days overdue or when there is more than one overdue item. Any student who fails to return all library materials before graduating will not be eligible for alumni borrowing privileges.

    Detroit Mercy Law Faculty:

    • Faculty members of Detroit Mercy Law School may check out materials for up to one year. All borrowings must be recorded by library staff at the circulation desk.
       
    • Library staff must be able to repair or update checked out items in a timely manner, and as such may require their temporary return.

    Detroit Mercy Law Alumni:

    • Detroit Mercy Law alumni may check out library materials if they have a library patron record. If your name is not listed in our library records, you must obtain confirmation of your graduate status from the Alumni Relations office (313-596-0202). Once Alumni Relations notifies the library of your alumni status, you may check out materials by presenting a picture ID to library staff.
       
    • Alumni may check out up to two circulating items, for a period of four weeks. Materials may be renewed once for a period of two weeks.
       
    • Unless alternative arrangements are made with library staff prior to an item's due date, your borrowing privileges will be permanently terminated if you fail to return a book or pay for its replacement within 72 hours of a late notice or 48 hours of an item recall.

    Members of the Public:

    • Members of the public have no checkout privileges.

Library Alumni Services

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    General

    Detroit Mercy Law School alumni are welcome to use our library resources and to utilize our experienced reference staff. We are happy to offer the following services to our law school alumni.
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    Alumni Borrowing Privileges

    Law School alumni may check out materials provided that our library system recognizes their alumni status. If not, alumni must obtain graduation confirmation from Alumni Relations (313-596-0202). A picture identification is required in order to check out materials.

    Up to two circulating items may be checked out by alumni for a period of four weeks. Materials may be renewed once for a period of two weeks.

    Unless alternative arrangements are made with library staff prior to an item's due date, your borrowing privileges will be permanently terminated if you fail to return a book or pay for its replacement within 72 hours of a late notice or 48 hours of an item recall.

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    Reference Services

    Alumni are able to call on the significant expertise of our reference librarians. Our librarians will help you identify subject area resources, devise research strategies, and will provide instruction on how to use library materials. To receive reference help, contact 313-596-0244 or 0241.
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    Westlaw/Lexis Alumni Access

    There are computers reserved on the first floor for alumni access to Westlaw and Lexis, all with printing capabilities. Users will have access to state and federal laws, cases, and administrative materials. Reference librarians may be available to assist with research inquiries. There is no internet access available at these terminals.
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    Remote Access

    You may access Murphy, our online catalog, to identify our library holdings from wherever you have internet access.

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    Photocopying

    A photocopier is located on the First Floor of the library in the copy center. Photocopies are ten cents each.
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    Microfiche Digital Reader

    A microfiche digital reader is located on the ground level of the library.
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