The USD Law Library is a place to borrow legal treatises and materials, perform your research, study the law and get research assistance. All research materials, books and study materials are available for use within the library. With limited exception, most databases and electronic services are available for use by all patrons.
While the codes, statutes, reporters, digests and some other research related materials may not be borrowed, most books, government documents and audio and video materials may be borrowed by students, faculty, staff, and attorneys. For more information please read through the Law Library’s Circulation Policy.
If you are a USD Law School student or faculty member, you’ll find study space, resources and research assistance is available as needed. Students may be assigned a private carrel for research purposes. The library has the new technology learning center on the main floor, as well as printers, copiers and scanners on the lower and main levels. The scanners will allow you to scan your print research to a PDF file and send it via email.
If you are an USD Law School alumni or attorney, the library can provide you with practice resources, form books and research assistance, including access to many electronic databases. Attorneys have access to a printer if you are using one of the public access computers in the Law Library. You also have access to the copiers and the scanners. If copyright restrictions allow, the library may also provide a document delivery service for attorneys at a reasonable charge.
If you are a member of the public, the library provides legal research access as well as form books for your use. The librarians can help you with your research, but they cannot give legal advice or assist you with completing your forms. Members of the public may not borrow any books or items from the library, but there are computers provided for your research needs. You have access to the copiers and the scanners as well as to a printer if you are using one of the Law Library’s computers. In many cases, you will be able to copy what you need and take it with you.