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. Evening and Sunday reference hours are available only for Law School faculty, staff and students. The Law Library closes to the public at 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Due to maintenance in the Law School building, the Law Library will have limited phone and internet connectivity on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7. The Law Library will remain open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and law students will continue to have 24/7 access. However, students and visitors should not expect internet access or access to online library resources. The Law Library staff will also not be available by phone or email. We appreciate your patience.

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 that Reference Desk hours will be offered during the spring semester include: Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, March 17, March 24, Mar. 31, April 7 and April 14.

Contact Us

Reference Desk: 605-658-3525

Main/Circulation Desk: 605-658-3520

Circulation Desk Hours of Operation (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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  • The Law Library's New Books Guide has recently been updated to include new titles received from August to December 2018. Many of the new titles are available on the New Books Display on the main floor of the Law Library.

  • The Law Library has subscribed to the Elgaronline ebook collection from Edward Elgar! Elgaronline includes scholarl…