Creighton’s Law Library offers a variety of services for students, faculty, staff and the general public. Current students are welcome to check out books, research materials, films, study aids and more just by using a student ID. And we don’t want our alumni and local attorneys to miss out - simply apply for a library guest card and you will receive borrowing privileges too. Common questions and answers are below along with information on document delivery, interlibrary loan and a number of other services.
Assistance with legal research is available at the Reference Desk. However, reference librarians cannot provide legal advice or conduct research for individuals. Reference service is available to Creighton students, faculty, staff and members of the public in person, over the phone, via email or online chat. Reference librarians can help locate specific materials in the Law Library, assist in developing research strategies and recommend sources to use for research projects. Document Delivery services can also be requested by calling the Reference Desk.
Only Creighton School of Law and Werner Institute students, faculty and staff may use library study rooms. Non-law school parties must have permission from the Library Director.
- Reservations will only be made for times the library is open.
- If the reserving party is more than 15 minutes late, the reservation is forfeited. ANY group or individual taking over a forfeited room reservation should sign up at the Circulation Desk.
- First and last names of ALL individuals that will occupy the room during the reserved time is required.
- Reservations CANNOT be made for media.
- Although conversation is expected in a group study setting, keep noise levels to a minimum. Study rooms are not soundproof.
- Food is not allowed in Library rooms.
Advance Reservations - made prior to the time of need
- ONLY groups of 2 or more may make an “Advance” reservation.
- Reservations may be made up to a week in advance.
- Advance reservations are limited to 4 hours per day.
On the Spot Reservations - made right at the time of need
- On the spot reservations can be made for any user for a maximum of 4 hours if a room is available. This includes users that have an advance reservation sometime that same day.
What materials can be checked out?
The Law Library collection is mainly a non-circulating collection. Some resources may be checked out for specific circulation periods.
- Single-Volume Books: Single-volume books from the general shelves can be checked out for 28 days. Books that are part of a multi-volume set do not circulate outside of the library except to Law faculty. Examples of non-circulating sets include: reporters, statutes, multi-volume treatises and journals.
- Reserve Material: In addition to materials faculty place on reserve for student use in their classes, the Reserve collection also contains one current copy of each title from the Study Aids collection. Items from this location circulate for 4 hours and cannot leave the library.
- Study Aids: Study aids such as hornbooks and nutshells are available in the Lower Reading Room and circulate outside the library for 3 days.
- Videos and DVDs: The Library’s video and DVD collections contain a variety of law-related instructional and popular titles. Videos and DVDs circulate outside of the library for 3 days.
Who may check out materials from the law library?
- All Creighton University students, faculty and staff may borrow materials from the Law Library by presenting their Creighton ID cards.
- Alumni of Creighton University, area attorneys and their staff may apply for a guest card to check out Law Library materials. Guest borrowing privileges expire one year from the date the guest card is issued and can be renewed.
What happens if an item is overdue?
You will receive an overdue notice by email or mail. If we have your email address, this notice will come to you via email. A block will be placed on your library record and your borrowing privileges will be suspended at the three Creighton University Libraries. If the item is not returned after you receive the third and final notice, your Creighton University records will be blocked. A university record block will prevent you from registering for classes or receiving your grades, official transcripts or diploma. You will not be able to check out material from the three Creighton Libraries or get the university records block lifted until the item is returned or a replacement fee paid. The Law Library does not assess overdue fines.
Can an item be renewed?
Items may be renewed up to three times as long as no one else is requesting the item. You may renew items if they are not overdue through the online catalog, at the Circulation Desk or by phone. You must have your personal PIN to do a self-renewal through the online catalog. Contact the Reference Desk at 402.280.5541 for information on self-renewals. If the item is overdue you must bring the item to the Circulation Desk for renewal.
Creighton University School of Law faculty, students and staff may request an interlibrary loan via an online request form. Please check the Library Catalog first to ensure Creighton does not own the item you need before submitting a request.
What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is the process by which a library requests material from, or supplies material to, another library upon the request of a library user.
What is the purpose of Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary loan is intended to complement local library collections and is not a substitute for good collections intended to meet the routine needs of users. Before requesting an interlibrary loan, a library user should first explore the library collection of his/her primary library by searching the online catalog and the appropriate electronic databases. ILL is based on a tradition of sharing resources between various types and sizes of libraries and rests on the belief that no library, no matter how large or well supported, is self-sufficient in today’s world.
Who can use the Interlibrary Loan Service?
Creighton University Law School faculty, students and staff may submit interlibrary loan requests. Faculty, students and staff from other Creighton departments can submit interlibrary loan requests at either the Reinert Alumni Library or the Health Sciences Library. Members of the public who have borrowing privileges with the law library may submit requests for photocopies but may not request books.
Is there a charge for this service?
For Creighton Law School faculty, students and staff the service is free.
How long does it take to receive the requested material?
Many materials may be obtained in a week or two, but some may take longer or may not be available at all. Because it is difficult to predict the turnaround time for an interlibrary loan, please allow as much lead-time as possible.
How long can I keep ILL books?
The loan period is set by the lending library and is generally just short of one month. Due dates are written on a book band that will be wrapped around the cover of the requested book.
Document Delivery is a fee-based service by which the Law Library provides photocopies of material owned for users outside the Creighton Law School community. Photocopies are delivered through pick-up, mail, fax or electronic delivery.
This service is for users outside the Creighton School of Law community. Law school faculty, students and staff have the option to use the self-serve photocopiers in the library or the Copy Center. Law firms, businesses, other Creighton departments and members of the general public may utilize this service.
There is a service charge of $10 and a per page charge of 20 cents.
The primary mission of the Klutznick Law Library / McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Legal Research Center is to provide Creighton law students and faculty members with meaningful access to relevant legal and law-related information. Law Library resources and services support the curricular, research, and service activities of Creighton University School of Law. Secondarily, the Law Library collection supports the legal information needs of the university community, the general public of the Omaha metropolitan area, the local judiciary and practicing bar. Finally, the library strives to achieve its mission in a safe, secure, working environment for all of its patrons.
The Law Library has three self-service photocopiers/scanners/printers available. The machines, located throughout the library, are for Creighton University student use only and operate only with the use of a Creighton ID or credentials.
Use by General Public:
Please see the Public Patron Policy
A calendar with current hours of operation is posted here.
The Law Library reserves the right to deny access to any person whose behavior disrupts or hinders Library use by Creighton University students, faculty and staff.
Food and Tobacco-Free Policy:
Food is not allowed in the Law Library. The use of all tobacco products are not allowed in or on any Creighton facility or property.
Primarily for health and safety reasons, Creighton’s Law Library prohibits all pets/animals, other than service animals and animals featured in sponsored programs, from entering the library. Any exception to this policy must be approved in advance by the Law Library Director.