Circulation Policies

  Borrower Type   Duration   Renewals
  SMU students, staff, and retirees   3 weeks   2
  SMU faculty   1 school year   4
  Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex attorneys   1 week   no renewals
  DALL and TCALL members   1 week   no renewals
  Members of the general public   No borrowing privileges  

* Items on recall for another patron cannot be renewed.

Reserve Collection  

Many of the library's frequently used titles and those placed on course reserve by faculty members are held behind the circulation desk. Most reserve materials circulate for use in the Law Library for a period of two hours. To access materials on reserve, present a valid SMU ID or current driver's license to the circulation desk staff.

Overdue and Lost Materials

Fines are assessed for overdue materials. After 30 days, books are considered lost and replacement costs will be assessed. Charges for lost books include any fines due when the loss is reported, the current price of each lost item replaced, and a processing charge of $25 for each item replaced. 

Video Viewing

Portable video viewing equipment is available at the circulation desk for use in designated carrels. The circulation desk staff maintain a collection of DVD and VHS video recordings, some of which circulate overnight.