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The Law Library supports the research, educational, publication and service activities of School of Law faculty, students and staff. It also serves as the legal resource center for the USD academic community and the judiciary, the State Bar and others in South Dakota.

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Library Hours

Reference hours indicated below are for the regular spring and fall semesters. Weekday evening and Sunday reference hours are provided only to Law School faculty, students and staff and only via the Law Library’s chat service (the Reference Desk is not physically staffed during these times). The Law Library closes to the public at 5 p.m. on weekdays.

In cooperation with the university's policy regarding COVID-19, the USD School of Law Library is closed until further notice. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

Reference Desk Hours
Monday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 5 - 7 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 5 - 7 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 5 - 7 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 5 - 7 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Selected Sundays* 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

*Sundays for the spring 2020 semester include: Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, Mar. 1, Mar. 22, Mar . 29., April 5 and April 19.

Contact Us

Reference Desk: 605-658-3525

Main/Circulation Desk: 605-658-3520

Circulation Desk Hours / Hours Open to the Public
Monday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


Donations and Gifts

We appreciate donations that are appropriate for an academic research law library. Checks should be made out to the University of South Dakota Foundation. To direct a gift to the Law Library, state so either in the check's memorandum line or in an accompanying letter. We will provide a letter to the donor acknowledging the gift and, if you desire, will place a book plate in the front of donated print resources recognizing the gift.

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  • We have new equipment items available to checkout, including a mini desk-bike, frisbees, headphones and more. Reserve items (and study rooms) by visiting our Staff and Services page. 

  • Please visit our New Books Guide to learn about new titles added to our collection and available on our New Books Display on the main floor of the Law Library.

  • Congratulations Class of 2020 and to all USD Law students on finishing up the semester! We are all incredibly proud of you!