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Law Library Services and Policies

If you have any questions regarding library policies, please contact the associate dean for library affairs.

Law Library Access Policy

In accordance with the law school’s values of education and collaboration, the Indiana Tech Law Library is open to all members of the Indiana Tech family, including students, faculty, and staff. To better serve the broader community, members of the public will also have access to our collection during posted hours. Law school students, faculty and staff will have limited after-hours access by means of their ID cards. After-hours access is not permitted to guests.

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Photocopies

Photocopiers are available on each floor of the library. Students, faculty and staff will be able to use the machines with their ID cards, while members of the public will be able to purchase printing cards or pay at the vending device located next to the copier.

Printer cards can be purchased at the machine located in the law library.

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Computer Usage Policy

Library computers may only be used for legal research and/or school-related purposes such as reading and writing e-mail, viewing class materials online, or accessing services such as TWEN, Blackboard or the my.indianatech.edu portal. Other uses of the library computers are strictly prohibited.

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Material Circulation

  • Indiana Tech faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the local bar*, may borrow materials from the law library. Students and alumni must show a current Indiana Tech student ID card or alumni card when borrowing materials.
  • All Indiana Tech students, staff, and members of the local bar may check out materials for three weeks. Law School faculty may check out materials for six months.
  • All Indiana Tech students and staff, as well as members of the local bar, may renew what they have checked out if there is no other request placed upon the item(s). Law School students and faculty may renew materials over the phone by calling 260.422.5561, ext.3452. All other patrons must bring materials to the circulation desk in order to renew.
  • Borrowed items may be returned via the book drop located near the circulation desk on the first floor.
  • Books returned late accrue a fine of 25 cents per book per library business day. The business office will be notified of any fees owed and is responsible for the collection of fees.
  • Students will be billed for the fees when the material is returned to the library. Grades, transcripts, and diplomas will be withheld for all monies owed to the law library until full payment is made.
  • Lost books must be reported immediately to the associate dean for library affairs. The fine on lost items will be the cost of the book plus a $10 processing fee.
  • Reference books, periodicals and microform items do not circulate.
  • A printer/photocopier is available for student use.

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Reserve Materials

  • Reserve materials are only available for use while the circulation desk is open.
  • Law School students and faculty have access to all materials that are held in reserve at the circulation desk. All patrons must complete the appropriate request form in order to use reserve titles in the library.
  • Code books and federal and state rules books may be signed out for two hours at a time. Textbooks may be used for three hours.
  • DVDs and CDs may be signed out for 24 hours. These items are renewable for a maximum of 48 hours.

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Interlibrary Loan

  • If the law library does not own the material needed for research, a request for articles or books can be made from other libraries through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan requests may take two to three weeks, so it is essential that students consider this when placing requests.
  • ILL forms are available at the reference desk. When filling out an ILL form, the requestor must include their full name, telephone numbers, email addresses, and dates requested.
  • Requested articles are free for students to keep.
  • Overdue ILL books accrue a fine of $1 per book per day.
  • Students will be notified if the library is unable to supply the requested material.**

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Food & Drink Policy

Please do not bring food or drinks into the library.

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Music Playing Policy

Students may listen to music from their computers or from personal music devices only if earphones are used. Playing music loudly through earphones is not acceptable behavior. The playing of loud music in the law library disrupts services to other patrons.

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Cell Phone Policy

Talking on cell phones is restricted in the law library. This is for consideration of others in regards to noise levels. Please turn your phones to courtesy mode when in the library.

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Indiana Tech Reference Policy

In order to serve the mission of the Indiana Tech Law School, the reference staff is available to assist students, faculty and members of the local bar and judiciary in locating legal materials and citations. We will demonstrate the use of the library catalog, databases, and print materials. We will be glad to provide what assistance we can by email, telephone or in-person consultation; we cannot provide reference assistance by electronic chat services at this time.

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Examples of Permitted Services

  • Explaining how to use our catalog and how to locate those items within our library (i.e. “Law journals are on the third floor of the library on the left.)
  • Explaining the indexing system of a particular book or series (i.e. “The index to these books is in a separate volume at the end; let me show you.”)
  • Explaining the purpose of various legal materials (i.e. “This is a reporter; it gives you the text of case decisions.”)
  • Teaching patrons how to use legal databases to expedite their research and/or suggesting additional search terms or strategies for using those databases (i.e. “Have you tried searching ‘Domestic Violence’ instead of ‘Spousal Abuse’?”)

The reference staff of the Law Library cannot provide legal advice, interpretation, or assistance in choosing legal materials nor engage in any action which would constitute unauthorized practice of law as defined in IC Title 33 §43-2-1. This is for the protection of both our staff and our patrons. For practical reasons, we cannot read lengthy or excessive quotations from materials over the telephone, nor can we deliver materials in any manner which would violate our policies or contractual agreements. We also cannot assist our students with any assignment where independent legal research is a mandatory part of the assignment.

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Examples of Prohibited Services

  • Answering questions about particular laws or cases (i.e. “What’s the law regarding renting an apartment?”)
  • Recommending a particular book, database, case, statute or form (i.e. “Instead of the 1040 EZ, you should fill out a 1040 and itemize.”)
  • Reading or transmitting lengthy materials or parts of materials. (i.e. “Can you just read me the whole case?”)
  • Recommending particular providers of legal services (i.e. “Who’s a good lawyer for my divorce?”)
  • Assistance in assignments requiring independent legal research. (i.e. “I have to find this case for my Lawyering Skills homework; can you tell me where it is?”)

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*Directions for checking out materials by the local bench and bar will be available at the circulation desk.

**Please see the circulation manager or the reference librarian for clarification of this policy.

New policies or updates to current policies are at the discretion of the associate dean for library affairs.