- Located at the entrance to the library on the first floor.
- Circulation employees can help you with borrowing, study rooms, photocopiers, and printers.
- The Circulation Desk is staffed all the hours that the library is open.
- All transactions for borrowing and returning materials take place at the Circulation Desk.
- Any Circulation transactions not completed by closing will be credited to the next business day and fines may accrue.
- Located on the second floor, at the top of the main staircase.
- Please check posted hours for Reference Desk coverage.
- Howard law students must be registered in the library's Circulation system to check out materials.
- Registration requires name, address, phone, Capstone ID number, e-mail address, and a signed acknowledgement that you are responsible for all materials checked out in your name.
- To register for borrowing privileges, students must have a validated Capstone ID.
- Students must make sure that their IDs are validated each semester, and that they update their library patron registration each semester.
The Howard University Law Library is the research library of the Howard University School of Law. As such, the majority of the collection does not circulate. In general, only single volume monographs, reserve, and A/V items circulate. Items that are part of a series or multi-volume set, or that are supplemented with pocket parts, looseleaf pages, or bound supplements, may not be checked out.
Visitors may not check out materials, but may use them within the library. Our staff is happy to assist with searching our online catalog and locating materials on the shelves.
Interlibrary Loan Office
The Law Library maintains formal agreements with libraries worldwide to share materials with, or provide photocopies to, other libraries. This service is available to Howard Law School students, faculty and staff only.
Materials not loaned
- Located in room 210
- Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Requests are processed Monday - Friday, except holidays.
- Photocopies are delivered within 3 working days.
- Books are delivered within 10 working days.
- Delivery can take significantly longer, depending on the availability of the materials and the response time of lending libraries.
- An entire volume of a journal, periodical, reporter, code or digest.
- Rare books; loose-leaf volumes; volumes from a multi-volume set, or reference material.
The reserve collection is located in the Reserve Reading Room adjacent to Circulation. The reserve collection includes textbooks for first-year courses, hornbooks, nutshells, legal dictionaries, and selected local materials. Course reserve materials requested by faculty are located behind the Circulation Desk, and are searchable in the library's catalog, WRLC, by course or professor's name.
Reserve materials may be used inside the Reserve Room or they may be checked out by students and faculty for 3 hours and used within the library. Reserve materials not returned promptly are subject to a $1.00/hour fine.
A photocopier is located in the Reserve Reading Room for your convenience.
Your Library Orientation Tour will include information on:
- Circulation--student registration and borrowing privileges
- Reserves and Course Reserves
- Photocopiers, printers, scanner
- Interlibrary Loan
- Study Rooms--online reservations and key check-out
- Reference assistance
- IT--email password account activation
- Your Law Library swag bag
Special Collections and Archives
goal is to acquire, and make available for public use, manuscripts, printed materials, and visual materials that document the history of the law in general and that of the Howard University School of Law in particular. Specifically, the Archives collect materials relating to civil rights litigation and legislation.
In addition to its paper-based collections, the Archives has an active oral history program, and houses a growing digital collection of interviews of alumni, former deans and faculty, and civil rights activists.
The Archives is open Monday - Friday by appointment only. For more information, or to make an appointment, please call Seth Kronemer
The photocopiers in the library are located in the Reserve reading room and in Rooms 2-C and 3-C on the second and third floors. Copy cards are available from the dispenser in the Reserve room at a cost of $1.00, to which funds must be added. Copies are $0.15 each. Please be aware that the photocopy machines only accept copy cards, not coins or bills.
There are three networked printers in the Law Library: two in the main Computer Lab (LL102), and one in room 313. These are part of the Law School's network resources and are managed by the IT Department. Please direct any concerns regarding printer performance problems to Frank King at 202.806.
Lost and Found
Lost and found items are centralized for the law school campus in the Office of Student Affairs on the 2nd floor of Houston Hall. Items found in the library are sent to Student Affairs, with the exception of textbooks. These are held in the reserve reading room.
Library security officers are on duty twenty-four hours every day. The officers check identification for everyone who enters the library. They patrol the library, as well. To gain access to the library, Howard law students, faculty and staff must show the officer on duty their Capstone ID card. Students, faculty or staff who cannot present a Capstone ID upon entering the library must show another current photo ID and sign in at the security desk.
All visitors must present a current photo ID and also sign in at the security desk. Security is responsible for stopping library patrons when the security gate alarms sound as they enter or exit. If the gate alarms do trigger, the patron's packages are subject to search.
The Law Library staff is pleased to welcome all visitors. We offer individual or group tours of our building and collections for visitors of all ages. Tours can also be designed to meet any special interests, or focused on unique resources such as our Archives, which houses unique materials spanning the Civil War through Civil Rights eras.
To make arrangements for a tour, please contact Eileen Santos at 202.806.
8301. Please submit your request at least 1 week in advance for a group tour, and please note that no tours are given during the Law School exam period.
U.S. Government Depository
The Law Library of Howard University School of Law was designated a U.S. Federal Depository Library in April 1998. The Law Library is committed to providing free public access to Government information for our primary patrons and for all public patrons. As a selective depository, the Library receives approximately 7% of all government documents available through this program. In accordance with the mission of the law library, most depository selections cover a broad range of law-related materials in many formats.
Please note that public patrons are allowed in-house use of the collection only. Patrons may request assistance in using government depository resources from any librarian staffing the reference desk.