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Library Cards

To borrow materials, users must present a current UCLA library card or BruinCard. Library cards for other UC users are available at the Law Library Circulation Desk; non-UC users may purchase library cards at the Young Research Library (YRL) and the Biomedical Library. For more information, call the YRL Circulation desk at (310)825-4732 or visit the Borrow, Renew, Return section of the UCLA Library System's website.

Lending Policies

A law book collection is a reference/research collection. Most legal materials are consulted frequently by many people rather than read for a sustained period by an individual; therefore, most of the collection does not circulate. Generally, primary legal materials (such as statutes, case reporters, and administrative regulations), periodicals, looseleaf services, and Reference materials do not circulate. Treatises do circulate, unless they are in looseleaf format or in a set of more than three volumes.

Renew Your Books

Materials checked out online (i.e., you didn't fill out a slip when you checked out the book), may be renewed online using the "My Account" feature in UCLA Library Catalog. Visit the Library system's Renewing and returning items page for complete information.

Renewals may also be made in-person and by phone by calling (310) 825-3960. Overdue books will not be renewed by telephone. Any exceptions to the loan periods or to renewal policies must be approved by a Circulation Supervisor.

Recall a Checked Out Item

If you are an eligible user (see below), visit "Recall a Checked Out Item" for detailed instructions.

Users eligible to submit recalls include:

  • UC students, faculty, and staff
  • UCLA Extension students and faculty
  • Holders of Level 10, Level 20, and unlimited cards
  • Faculty of the California State University system, California community colleges, and California private universities

Find a Missing Item

If materials are not found on the shelf, ask at the Circulation Desk to determine if the item has been checked out or to confirm its location. Materials not found on the shelves and not checked out can be searched by the Library staff. Searches can be placed by filling out a charge slip and submitting it to the Circulation Desk or by filling out the online search form. If the items are found, notifications will be mailed to you. Circulating materials are placed on hold for two weeks from the date that the notification is prepared. Non-circulating materials are reshelved in the stacks; they are not placed on hold.


Circulating materials can be placed on hold for up to one week. Reference, Reserve, and non-circulating open stacks materials (e.g., reporters, journals) will not be placed on hold.

Returning Items

You can return most library materials to any library on campus (this does not include departmental libraries). The law library has a book drop at the Circulation Desk and near the outside door next to the law library main entrance. The following items, however, must be returned directly to the library from which they were borrowed:

  • Reserve Items
  • Interlibrary Loans
  • One-day Loans
  • Unbound Periodicals
Fees and Fines

Materials are due at the law library at the time stamped on the charge slip, or as stated when renewed, or as stated on the notice sent when material is recalled for class Reserve or another borrower.

Fees and fines for recalled and reserve materials have been intentionally set to encourage the timely return of these items because they are in high demand. Money collected as fines is turned over to general university funds, not to the Library. Replacement fees reflect the actual or average cost of replacing particular items, and this money is used by the Library for item purchases and binding. For additional information visit the Fees and Fines section of the Library system's website.