General Use Policy

Statement of Purpose

The library is a public space for legal researchers. While our primary mission to serve the scholarly and pedagogical needs of the law faculty and students, members of the bench, bar and public are welcome in the library to conduct research. Law library policies are crafted to achieve this objective.

User Conduct Guidelines

Law library users are expected to maintain decorum in the law library and refrain from interfering with other patrons’ use and enjoyment of the library.  Users who engage in disruptive behavior may be asked to leave the law library.  The Library reserves the right to define and interpret the terms used in this policy.  Anyone who violates this policy will be informed to cease the behavior and/or to leave the Library. If these guidelines are violated and requests to comply are disregarded, staff members are instructed to contact the CU Boulder Police.

Disruptive behaviors include but are not limited to:

  • Talking loudly, or snoring,
  • Making inappropriate, threatening, harassing or offensive gestures or noises, 
  • Causing odors that constitute a nuisance to others. Impeding others from a timely use of facilities, materials, or resources.
  • Activities that result in injury to oneself or others, or damage to library materials, building, or equipment.
  • Any activities that are intended to interfere with or disrupt computer networks, library services, or equipment.


Quiet Policy

Patrons are expected to be reasonably quiet. Group study rooms are available for students who need to study together or conduct extended conversations. [See Group Study Rooms policy below]. However, patrons should expect that library staff may engage in conversation with patrons at the reference and circulation desks while providing services. 


Cell Phones

Generally, cell phone conversations are NOT permitted in the Law Library. However, library patrons may engage in brief, quiet cell phone conversations in the first floor copy room. Please set your phone to vibrate.


Group Study Rooms

Group Study Rooms are to be used by two or more individuals needing to engage in quiet conversation.

Only law students may reserve a Group Study Room. Groups of non-law students may use a Group Study Room that is not otherwise occupied but must yield that room to a group of law students who reserve the Group Study Room at the next available time slot.

A law student group may reserve a Group Study Room for up to two consecutive (or non-consecutive) one hour time slots per day. If no other group reserves the room after that time, the law students may continue to occupy the Group Study Room until another group reserves the room for the next available time slot.

If a group fails to show up within 15 minutes of their reserved time, the group forfeits the room for that time slot, and another group may occupy the room.

When finished using the room, groups are asked to erase the blackboards, close open windows, throw away their trash, and straighten the chairs.



Library patrons should place library materials on one of the reshelving carts located the law library.  Library staff will reshelve the items. 


Food and Drink

Snacks and drinks are permitted in the law library so long as neither their consumption, nor their odor interfere with other patrons' enjoyment of the library. The beverages must be in a covered container. Please clean up after yourself, and do not leave garbage on tables or carrels. The Schaden Commons located on the second floor of the law school building is an appropriate place for meals that do not fit into the library's snack and beverage policy.



Bicycles and other similar transportation devices that can be locked on the outdoor bike racks are not allowed in the law library. However, library patrons may bring their skateboards into the library if they can be neatly stowed while using the library. The library will not keep vehicles at the Circulation Desk nor be responsible for their security. Library staff may ask patrons to remove any vehicle causing disruption in the library.



The law library follows the university and law school policy in allowing only service animals in the building.


Library Bulletin Boards

On the library bulletin boards, patrons can find information about equipment, policies, and other library and technology items. Only law library personnel may post items to these boards. Other items will be removed.


Araj Reading Room Policy

The Araj Reading Room is a restricted-use space.  The room is reserved for law student, faculty and staff use.  Users are asked to refrain from making noise that disturbs other patrons.