Circulation Services: Borrowing & Renewing Books

Borrowing Books

Boston University students, faculty, staff, registered alumni, and registered consortium card holders may borrow items from the circulating law treatise collections for a guaranteed initial loan period of two weeks. View Loan Periods and Renewal Policies

Materials with a Status of Available should be found on shelf. Please check the back of the book to verify that the material circulates. Materials marked in the back of the book as Limited Circulation, Library Use Only, or Non-Circulating must be used where they are shelved; these include journals, looseleaf services, reference materials, and primary sources.

Reserve materials may be borrowed for two hours and may be renewed for two additional two hour periods if not requested by other patrons. Law students may borrow selected reserve materials overnight and for use outside of the library. Overnight loans may be checked out up to two hours before the library closes and are due back to the library one hour after opening.


Two renewals may be obtained: either in person at the Pappas or Annex circulation desks, by phoning the Annex circulation desk at (617) 353-2848, or through the My Library page on the library catalog using a PIN (Personal Identification Number).

To renew material beyond the initial loan + 2 renewals: bring the material to either the Pappas or Annex circulation desks to be checked in and then checked out again to your record.

Overdue Fines and Replacement Costs

Patrons who have overdue law material will receive email notices from library staff requesting the return of the material. If you receive an overdue email from the library, please respond to it promptly. Materials returned to the law library within 3 weeks of an overdue notice are NOT subject to fines. Materials returned more than 3 weeks after the notice are subject to a minimum replacement charge of $130 per item (non-refundable after the library has ordered a replacement for the material).

Patrons that have material with a status of BILLED may not borrow any additional materials from the law library.

Overdue reserve materials are requested back and billed in a shorter period of time.

Please contact us immediately if you do not have the material listed in the overdue notice. Even if you are positive that the material was returned, our records still indicate that the material is checked out to you.


Patrons receive notices regarding overdue materials, materials requested by other patrons, responses to search and/or recall materials, and just before graduation as a reminder of currently checked out materials which should be returned to the library. Law library notices are delivered via email. When no email is available notices are delivered via U.S. mail.

Notices are delivered to your BU email from all BU libraries.

Please contact the library that sent the notice immediately if you do not have the material listed. Even if you are positive that the material was returned, library records still indicate that the material is checked out to you.