Borrowing Privileges

Circulation Policies

Circulating materials from the general collection may be checked out by current Pace faculty, staff, and students for a period of three weeks.  Materials may be renewed if not requested by another patron, but are subject to recall.  Renewals may be done by telephone, (914) 422-4273, online using your Library bar code (available at the Circulation Desk), or in person. A valid Pace photo ID with a patron bar code is required to borrow library materials.

Reserve materials may be used by current Pace Law students in the Library and in the study rooms on the second and third floors of the Gerber Glass Building. 

All patrons are personally responsible for material checked out in their name.  Materials should not be checked out by Pace ID holders for non-Pace patrons. In the past, this practice has frequently led to a delinquent account for the Pace ID holder, who is required to pay the overdue fine or book replacement costs in order to graduate or to register for the following semester.

Non-circulating Material

Any materials currently being supplemented may not be taken out of the Law Library.  In addition, the following materials may not be borrowed from the Law Library:

  • Periodicals
  • Statutes and codes
  • Court reports
  • Agency decisions
  • Court rules
  • Indexes and digests
  • Reference books
  • Reserve materials (with some exceptions - see below)
  • Encyclopedias
  • Looseleaf services and items with pocket parts
  • Materials kept up to date by pocket parts or supplements
  • Multi-volume treatises
  • Form books
  • Rare books

Off-Site Retrievals

Rare books are stored in an off-site facility. Patrons should request these materials at the Circulation Desk.

Reserve Collection

The Reserve Collection is shelved behind the Circulation Desk. Most reserve material may be checked out for two hours. Reserve materials may be renewed if not requested by another patron, but are subject to recall. Non-Pace patrons must leave a valid ID card at the Circulation Desk for all materials checked out from the Reserve Collection.

Reserve materials include:

  • Subject study guides (Examples & Explanations, Nutshells, etc.)
  • Materials placed on reserve by professors (Course Reserve)
  • Test preparation materials

Topical review material on audiotape and DVD (Sum and Substance, West's Outstanding Professor Series, etc.) circulates for three days during most of the semester, but is available for in-library use only starting two weeks before the final exam study days begin, and until the last of the make-up exams are given after the end of the semester.

Law In Film Collection

An extensive collection of law-themed DVDs and videotapes is available on the main level of the Library.  All items are cataloged and included in the online catalog.  DVDs that are not part of the Reserve Collection can be checked out for five days.

Study room 216 on the second floor of the Gerber Glass Law Center is equipped with a DVD/VCR and monitor. This room may be reserved by groups or individuals who need to view videotapes or DVDs. 

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan services are only available to current Pace Law School students in good standing, faculty, faculty emeritus, and staff. Requests are submitted online via ILLiad. Please visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information.

Intercampus Loan

Requests for items available at Mortola and Birnbaum libraries can be submitted through the Pace University online catalog for materials from other Pace University libraries. Click the "Request" link in the catalog, fill in your user name and Library bar code (available at the Circulation Desk), select the delivery location, and submit. Expect delivery in three to five working days.

ConnectNY

ConnectNY is a consortium of 18 academic libraries in New York State.  You can search ConnectNY directly or go from our online catalog by clicking on the ConnectNY icon.

Books requested via ConnectNY generally arrive within 2-5 working days. The loan period is 42 days and one 42 day renewal will be granted if other patrons have not placed a hold on the item

ConnectNY is available to all Pace Law School students, faculty and staff. To borrow books from ConnectNY,  click on "Request this item" and change your affiliation to Pace.  You may select any Pace campus as your pickup location. Enter your name and library barcode. If you do not have a barcode, please visit the circulation desk.

You will be notified by email when your book is available for pickup at the circulation desk.

Fines

A fine of 10¢ per day is imposed for each overdue book borrowed by Pace faculty, staff, and students. The fine for overdue reserve books is 50¢ for each hour or any part of an hour for all library patrons.

For lost or damaged books, the amount of the fine will be based on the extent of the damage to the book or the cost of replacing it plus a $20 processing fee for each lost or damaged book. All payments must be paid in cash or by check.

Failure of a student to pay a fine is reported to the Registrar's Office. Students with delinquent accounts will not be permitted to receive transcripts, register for classes, or graduate.