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. 

Additional Items To Purchase/Borrow


Item  Description Loan period / Cost
Calculators Because you want to be a lawyer, not an engineer. 24 hours
CDs Remember these?
Chargers We have chargers for both Mac & PC laptops as well as phone chargers for both iPhone and Android devices.   3 hours
Connectors and adaptors Study rooms 201 and 204 are equipped with smart TVs. Connect your laptop for smart studying.   Return by end of business day
DVD writer Read or write DVDs. Return by end of business day
Flash drives Back that outline up! USB flash drives with 8GB memory are available for purchase.   $6.00
Mouse, wireless The computer kind. Return by end of business day
Over-the-ear headphones To study in comfort and style. Return by end of business day


Cleaning supplies We understand spills happen in the library. For life’s little messes, please ask the service desk for appropriate cleaning supplies.   Free!
First aid supplies From headaches to paper cuts, the Service Desk can help. Free!
Movies For when you cannot remember your Netflix password.
Browse our DVD collection of TV series and award-winning movies.  
3 days
Umbrellas For the unexpected storm. 24 hours
Shredder Your secrets are safe with us. But seriously, you should shred those. Free!

Study Necessities

Book stands Don’t cramp your neck! Borrow a book stand to elevate your reading material.   24 hours
Earplugs When your neighbors forget to use their inside voices. Free!
Lap desk Prefer studying from the comfort of one of our bean bag chairs? Borrow a lap desk to support your laptop or reading materials.   Return by end of business day
Mobile standing desks Each desk can be rolled to your preferred study space in the library. They adjust to 47” high and have a 32”x18” study space, including a side table. These mobile desks also work well for moot court practice.   Return by end of business day
School supplies Stop by the Service Desk, we have almost everything you could need: electronic hole punch, highlighters, paper clips, pencil sharpener, staplers, tape, and more.   Free! (for emergencies)
Study aids Thank goodness for study aids: Examples & Explanations, Concise Hornbooks, Hornbooks, O’Connor’s, Q&A, and Nutshells. We even have the Bluebook and more.   1 week (24 hours during final exam periods)
Whiteboard supplies For that epic game of hangman. All group study rooms have large dry-erase glass whiteboards and the Service Desk has markers, erasers, and cleaning spray.   Return by end of business day

Video Viewing

Portable video viewing equipment is available at the circulation desk for use in carrels and study rooms.