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Circulation Copies Interlibrary Loan Public Access Computer SDLN-Library Network
Computer Lab Hours, Floor Plan LexisNexis, Westlaw Computers Public Use Policy Study Rooms

  • Desk Services
    • General Information 
    • Book check-out
    • Photocopy auditrons
    • Coyote Card operated machines
    • Scissors, staplers, hole punch
    • Check out and return all library items at the circulation desk. The general public is asked to please read the Public Use Policy for details on using the Law Library.
    • Please do not re-shelf books. Place them on the book carts located conveniently along the walls in the library.
    • Study carrels are assigned to law students. The public may use the tables located throughout the library as needed.
    • Electrical appliances, food and drinks (except water) are not allowed in the Law Library. Please use cell phones outside the library as well. Respect the study rights of students and help maintain a clean quiet library for all. Items not allowed in the library will be removed and placed on the table in the circulation desk area for a short time.
    • A public phone, TV, lockers, vending machines, microwave, and tables are available in the Davenport Student Commons. 
  • Circ Rules  
    • Reserve items, bound periodicals and other non-circulating items may be used within the library after checking them out at the circulation desk.
      • This is done so we can locate items needed by other patrons. Please return them to the circulation desk for check-in when finished.
    • Lost or damaged beyond repair materials are assesed the cost to replace it plus a $15 processing fee is assessed.


Computer Lab
  • The lab computers are for law student use 24 hours a day.
  • Access to "Research Databases," Westlaw, LexisNexis, other services for law student research. 
  • Printers are available in the lab and the main-level. Information regarding printing and copying in the law library is available here.  
    • Paper must be purchased and is available in Room 224.
  • The copier is located on the main level. It can reduce or enlarge copies. You may add cash to your "Coyote Card" at the Coyote Student Center and use it in the copier. You are charged 7 cents a copy using the card method. You may also insert cash into the photocopy machine to pay for copies at 10 cents each.
    • NOTE: the machine returns all change due in coins. No credit accounts or IOUs are allowed.  
  • Monday - Friday:  7:45 am to 5:00pm
    • Law students, School of Law faculty and staff have access to the Law Library 24 hours a day with their personal swipe cards. All library rules are expected to be observed when library personnel are not on duty. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Floor Plan
Upper Level Main Level Lower Level
Law Librarian Circulation, Serials, Catalogue and Acquisition Librarians Circulating Collection
Reference/CALR Librarian Circulation Desk & Technical Services Computer Lab
Faculty Library Periodicals & Microfiche/Microfilm Room Individual Study Room
Superceded Collection Reference Area Group Study Room
Bound Periodicals before 1976 Copier Room Assigned Study Carrels
Study Tables, Assigned Study Carrels Study Tables, Assigned Study Carrels Study Tables, Assigned Study Carrels
Williamson Collection Bound Periodicals since 1976 Foreign Law Collection
Historical Research Collection State Codes SDLN Computers
SDLN Computers Forms, Loose-leaf Collections  
  SD Supreme Court Opinions  

Interlibrary Loan
  • McKusick Law Library may request items for law students, staff and faculty from other libraries in South Dakota, Minitex and the Mid American Law Library Consortium. We adhere to the SD Interlibrary Loan Code of 1979 and related agreements with member libraries.
  • USD Law students, faculty and staff may request Interlibrary Loans using the online catalog. For details on requesting an Interlibrary Loan and fees that may be charged, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Librarian. Any charges or fees assessed by libraries outside our consortium for Interlibrary Loans are the responsibility of the patron. 
Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, Westlaw Computers
  • The Law Library subscribes to these online legal services for law student and faculty access only. 
Public Access Computers
  • Students and the public may use the public access computers located in the reference area. 
  • Public Access Computers all contain the Aleph online catalog for searching the library's collection. From the Law Library home page, you may select Research Databases to search the online titles to which we subscribe. A reference sheet describing any special use instructions and passwords is located beside the Public Access Computers.
  • Need assistance? Please ask a librarian for assistance.
Public Use of the Law Library
  • Residents of South Dakota are welcome to use the Mckusick Law Library during open hours. Research resources on the Public Access Computer are available to the public but Westlaw and LexisNexis are not for public use. The public may also check out materials from the circulating collections of the Law Library. They may also request our titles on Interlibrary Loan through their local public library.
  • Some materials in the McKusick Law Library do not circulate outside the building.  About 25% of our collection consists of the circulating Library of Congress classified titles.  These materials circulate to anyone in the state of South Dakota for a four week loan period.
  • Loan privileges are also extended to attorneys in Northwest Iowa, Southwest Minnesota and Northeast Nebraska at the discretion of the Law Library Director.
  • Check out: Items may be checked out in person, or call or email the the request. Include your name, current mailing address, and current phone number.
    • Materials will be mailed to you by U.S. mail, library rate.  The cost of postage is the responsibility of the borrower.
  • Return:  It is your responsibility to return materials to the library by the due date
    • The Director may elect to send a certified letter to the borrower stating the library's position that failure to return materials after written request is theft under the South Dakota Codified Laws.
  • Renew: Circulating materials can be renewed for an additional 4 week loan period. You should call or email the library with the barcode of the item(s) to be renewed and the patron's library card barcode.
    • The library reserves the right to deny a request for renewal when materials are needed by other patrons.
  • The library reserves the right to revoke circulation privileges to any person who abuses the privilege or refuses to follow library policies.

Public online catalog computers are located on each level of the Law Library, commonly called Aleph. The online catalog is maintained by the South Dakota Library Network located in Spearfish. Please report any problems with these computers to library staff.

Study Rooms
  • Tables and chairs for individual or group study.
  • Rooms 16, 18 and 21 on the lower level. Room 227 on the second level next to the law review office.
  • Unless specifically assigned, the study rooms are used on a first-come basis and should be used for reasonable lengths of time.