Borrowing Materials: Circulation Services

Library User Group Duration Renewals
  Graduate students   4 weeks   Up to 120 days
  SMU students, staff, and retirees   3 weeks   Up to 60 days
  SMU faculty   1 school year   Yes
  Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex attorneys   1 week   Up to 14 days
  DALL 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 carrels and study rooms.