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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.

The Law Library will be closed to the public and USD community beginning Monday, Dec. 10 while repairs are made to the Law School building. The closure is expected to last two weeks or less. Please check back for information about the date the Law Library will reopen. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact us with any questions at our regular contact numbers.

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 fall semester include: Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 21, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.


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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  • 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. 

  • The Law Library’s New Books guide has been updated with new print books and e-books added since April. Information about new database access is also included.

  • Happy Holidays from the McKusick Law Library!