Borrowing at UCI Law Library

Only UCI students, faculty, and staff can borrow from the Law Library. Contact our Access Services Manager with questions about our borrowing policies.

Borrowing Q&A

Most books:

  • UCI Undergraduates — 90 days
  • UCI Graduate Students and Staff — 90 days
  • UCI Faculty — 1 year

Reserve books:

  • Check out for 2 hours

Many Law Library books, including all reserves, must remain in the Law Library at all times.

  • UC material — sign into UC Library Search at Use your UCINetID to see a list of checkouts with due dates and an option to renew.
    • For Interlibrary Loan (ILL) material from libraries outside the UC system — use My ILL Requests. Log in with your library card number (no PIN needed) to request a renewal.
  • Some items cannot be renewed. Confirm due dates by signing in at

Automatic email reminders are sent for everything except hourly reserves.

  • Reminders are sent to your email address. Be sure to check your junk mail folder.
Emails are sent when Law Library material is:
  • due in 7 days
  • recalled (when somebody else wants to borrow the item)
  • overdue
  • lost
  • You can recall most items. When you recall something in UC Library Search, the person who has it will get an email, and the due date will be moved up to 7-14 days from the recall date.
  • Hourly reserves cannot be recalled.
  • In a hurry? ILLs are often faster than recalls.
  • Yes. If you see an item at UCI that you want set aside for you, select Request Pickup on the item’s record in UC Library Search. 
  • When you request a pickup, you’ll have the option to choose which UCI Library you would like to pick up the item from. All UCI items can be picked up at or returned to any UCI Library.


  • $1.00 per day for recalled items
  • Items that are 28 days overdue are considered lost. You will be charged the current cost of replacing the item.
  • A $10.00 processing fine is added to all bills for lost items.
  • You can return a lost item after you get a bill. We will cancel the replacement cost part of the bill, but you will still owe the processing fine and any overdue fines.
  • Unpaid bills may prevent you from registering for classes.
  • Damaged items incur the same charges as lost items.
  • The Law Library does not accept replacement copies in lieu of payment.
  • You can't check out UCI material, request ILLs, place recalls, or renew items until you pay your Law Library fine.
  • All fines and fees must be paid by credit or debit card through My Library Account. After you log in, click "Pay Fine" next to Fines + Fees. You will be taken to a third party provider called TouchNet to enter your payment information.
  • Law Library fines will stop you from checking out items from all UCI Libraries, and fines from other UCI Libraries will stop you from checking out items from the Law Library.
  • See UCI Libraries Fines and Fees for more information.