Access & Circulation Policies


Before coming to the FSU College of Law Research Center, it is recommended that the public check the Web site of the Clerk of Court for Leon County. The site provides forms, answers to frequently asked questions, a legal glossary, and much more.

The public may use the Research Center Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. During other hours when the Research Center Circulation Desk is open, only FSU, FAMU, and TCC students, faculty and staff; attorneys; and Florida State Law alumni will be admitted, including Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and weekends 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


The Research Center is open to all who need legal materials. Circulating materials can be borrowed by members of the public on the same basis as by College of Law students, but it should be kept in mind that much of the Research Center collection consists of non-circulating items.

Library Cards

In order to borrow circulating materials, borrowers must present a library card. FSU students, faculty, and staff use their University I.D. cards as library cards at the Research Center as well as at other FSU libraries. Other borrowers, including students at FAMU and TCC, should use a special library card. To obtain one of these cards, borrowers should complete a Borrower's Registration Form at the Circulation Desk. Law firms may make special arrangements for cards issued to the firm; consult the Circulation Supervisor for details.

Reserve Materials

Reserve materials are not available for check-out overnight and therefore must be checked-out from the circulation desk no later than 2 hours before closing time that day. Reserve materials can only be renewed in person and if there has not been a hold placed on the item. If books are returned late, the following fines may be applied to your account: $3.00/hour for the first 24 hours.

After 24 hours have passed, you will be charged the accrued fines, the replacement cost of the book plus an additional $25.00 replacement fee. Once billed, you will have 24 hours to return the overdue item. After this time, no refunds for replacement cost will be distributed. Charges will be sent to the University Collection Office and we are no longer in control of the issue.

  • Abuse of the borrowing policy will result in privileges being revoked until the book is returned.
  • Library Staff will need to be consulted before the block can be removed.
More information is available on the Circulation Services Research Guide.

Material on Open Shelves

Statutes, reporters, periodicals, and multi-volume sets on the open shelves may be checked out of the Research Center only if multiple copies are available. The first copy of the item is stamped (in the back) "For use in library only." Duplicate copies are stamped "This book may be checked out for one day only," or have a green card in the back. These books may be checked out for one day.

Single-volume works may normally be checked out for three weeks. These books have no special stamp and have a date-due slip in the back.

Reference and Index table books, loose-leaf services, micromaterials, audio- and videotapes, computer programs, and any other item stamped "For use in library only" may not be taken out of the Research Center.

Renewing Borrowed Items

Books which circulate for one day may be renewed for one more day if no one else has requested the book. Books which circulate for three weeks may be renewed for another three weeks if no one else has requested the book. To renew books, bring them to the Circulation Desk in the Research Center with a library card.

Overdue Books

Please note carefully the date on which borrowed materials are due. Borrowers with overdue books will not be able to borrow anything from the Research Center until the overdue items are returned. Overdue items not returned upon request are considered lost items, and the cost of the book and a reacquisition charge will be assessed to the borrower. The Research Center also reserves the right to charge overdue fines for materials. Students owing money to the Research Center will not be allowed to pick up schedules or to graduate until the problem is resolved.

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