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Law Library Services

Creighton’s Law Library offers a variety of services for students, faculty, staff and public patrons. Current students are welcome to check out study aids, books, research materials, films and more just by using a student ID. Alumni and local attorneys can apply for a library guest card and receive similar borrowing privileges.  

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, or via email. 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.

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.
  • DVDs: The Library’s DVD collection contains a variety of law-related instructional and popular titles. 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. Your borrowing privileges at all Creighton University Libraries will be suspended. If the item has not been returned after a two-week grace period, the library may block registration and hold university records. When all overdue library material has been returned, your borrowing privileges will be reinstated. Removing the records hold may take 1-2 business days. The Law Library does not assess or collect fines for overdue items.

How can I renew an item​?
Items can be renewed online, via phone, or at the circulation desk. To renew online, sign into JaySearch and click MyLoans. To renew over the phone, please call the Circulation desk at (402) 280-2242. Items may only be renewed twice and cannot be renewed if they are overdue or on hold.

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. 

U.S. Copyright Law Agreement
U.S. copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Libraries are authorized to furnish a photocopy if it is used solely for “private study, scholarship or research.” Any other use may constitute copyright infringement. We reserve the right to refuse a copy request if, in our judgment, fulfillment would violate copyright law.

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

Library Hours
A calendar with current hours of operation is posted here.

Conduct Policy
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, Drink, and Tobacco-Free Policy
Individual meals and drinks are permitted in the Law Library. The use of all tobacco products are not allowed in or on any Creighton facility or property. 

Pet Policy
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.

Only Creighton School of Law students, faculty, and staff may use library study rooms. Non-law school parties must have permission from the Library Director.

Learn more about reserving study rooms.