Circulation Services

The circulation desk staff performs a variety of functions including lending library materials, maintaining the reserve collection, selling copy cards, and coordinating access to audiovisual equipment, notebook computers, and study carrels.

Circulation Duration

  • The length of circulation periods is as follows:

    • SMU students, staff, and retirees: 3 weeks
    • SMU faculty: 1 school year
    • Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex attorneys with Texas bar cards: 1 week
    • DALL and TCALL members: 1 week

Reserve Collection

The circulation desk maintains a collection of items placed on course reserve by faculty. Additional items are on reserve to facilitate more equal access to heavily used materials and items of special interest. These items include such materials as Dorsaneo's Texas Litigation Guide, Kendrick's Texas Transaction Guide, audio cassettes, videotapes, unbound copies of heavily used legal periodicals, Texas Rules of Form, Texas Subsequent History Table, and The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.  Most reserve materials circulate for use in the Law Library for a period of two hours by presenting to the circulation desk staff a valid SMU identification card or current driver's license.

Overdue Fines

Fines are assessed for overdue books. After thirty days, an overdue book is considered lost and replacement costs will be assessed.

Lost Books

Charges for lost books include (1) any fine due when the loss is reported; (2) the current price of each lost item replaced; and (3) a processing charge of twenty-five dollars per item replaced. 


Photocopiers are available on the second, third, and fourth floors and in the Central Basement. Photocopiers accept coins or copy cards. A change machine and copy card dispensing machine are in the second floor lobby across from the circulation desk. Inquire at the circulation desk for information on obtaining copy cards. Report problems with copiers to the circulation desk.

Video Viewing

Portable video viewing equipment may be checked out from the circulation desk for use in designated carrels. Circulation desk staff maintain a collection of video recordings (DVD, VHS), some of which circulate overnight.