Library Policies

Access Policy

Authorized building visitors include students, faculty, and staff of University System of Maryland campuses; attorneys; School of Law alumni; guest speakers; clinic clients; admitted and prospective students; and UMMC and VA staff. Students with valid IDs may bring guests into the library.

Members of the public may be permitted access to the law library on a limited basis weekdays from 9:00am to 8:00pm, and can contact us to confirm available resources and services before coming to campus.


The facility provides accommodations for those with disabilities that go beyond what is required by law. Switch plates are operational on the main library entrance door as well as on all restroom doors. All study carrels and tables in the library will accommodate wheelchair users. Students who have questions about library accessibility issues or who have special needs should contact Michele Ondra, Associate Director for Administration and Finance, at

Cell Phones

Cell phone use is limited to designated cell phone areas in the law library. The designated areas are the Lounges on the 3rd and 4th floors, all Group Study rooms, and the Fayette Street stairwell.

Cell phone users should set phones on an inaudible setting while in the library. If you receive a call, please go to one of the designated areas to use your cell phone.

Circulation Policy

The Thurgood Marshall Law Library is primarily a research and reference collection of law and law-related materials to be used within the library. Therefore, many categories of legal materials do not circulate, including court reports, statutes, codes and regulations, digests, indexes, encyclopedias, directories, periodical volumes, parts of multi-volume treatises, and looseleaf services. These books must be used in the library and should be reshelved immediately after use to ensure availability to other patrons. Library materials that are available for general circulation, primarily monographic works, circulate via the library’s automated circulation system.

In addition to law library borrowing privileges, law students and faculty are entitled to direct borrowing privileges at 14 Maryland public colleges and universities either by going to the other library or by using the self-service "holds" delivery system available in the Catalog. Books requested via the "holds" system will be delivered to our library. The library also provides an interlibrary loan service for items not found in its collection or in the collections of other University System of Maryland libraries.


To guarantee continued access to commercial software programs, reproduction of university-owned or licensed software is strictly forbidden. Under federal copyright laws, unauthorized reproduction of software can be subject to substantial civil penalties, as well as criminal action resulting in fines and imprisonment. Installation of software not owned by or licensed to University of Maryland, Baltimore is both a violation of the users' agreement and a violation of federal copyright law. A user making or using unauthorized copies of computer software or documentation may be subject to:

  1. Loss of University of Maryland, Baltimore computing privileges
  2. Appropriate federal penalties
  3. Other discipline, as appropriate.

All library users are required to read and comply with applicable Law School and University of Maryland, Baltimore Computer Use Polcies.

Computer Use Policy for Visitors

Computers and computer network facilities are provided to support the education, research and service mission of the campus and its schools.

Visitors may bring a wireless-enabled laptop into the Law Library to access the online catalog and legal databases.  To access the guest wireless, visitors should double click the wireless network icon on the laptop’s system tray (which is usually in the lower or upper right corner, near the clock). A list of wireless networks that are available will be shown. Visitors should select and connect to the "UMB Guest" wireless.  Upon opening a browser, they will be prompted to enter an email address before proceeding.

Work and personal items should not be left unattended at any computer.

Visitor Workstation

The visitor workstation is available exclusively for academic and legal research purposes.

To use the visitor workstation, patrons must show an ID and sign in with their full name, indicating the time. The librarian on duty will be the only one with the password to this computer. After signing in, patrons may use the public computer for 30 minutes when other users are present. When finished, patrons should log out of the computer and return to the circulation desk to sign-out.


Misuse of the public computers consists of any violations of the UMB Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy. Violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Computing activity that is not in support of the education, research, and service mission of the campus and its schools.
  • Securing unauthorized access to or unauthorized use of IT resources, or facilitating such use or access by another person.
  • Altering system software or hardware configurations without authorization.
  • Computing activity that is illegal.
  • Computing activity that is wasteful of IT Resources
  • Software theft or piracy, data theft, or any other action that violates the intellectual property rights of others.

Food & Beverages

Eating and drinking in the library is limited to specific areas to limit public health risks to the Maryland Carey Law community. Eating and drinking in spill-proof containers can be enjoyed in the marked carrels along the wall parallel to Fayette Street on all floors of the library. Feel free to ask staff if you aren’t sure where these designated seats can be found. Please clean any spills or notify staff to avoid attracting pests as well as ensuring other people can continue to enjoy using the library space. We thank you in advance for doing your part to help minimize risk to our community.

Group Study Rooms

Study rooms are available for use by law students only. Study rooms need to be reserved via the Room Reservation System. Reservations that violate or attempt to abuse library policies will be cancelled. A minimum of two names (first and last names) with @umaryland e-mail addresses must be given for each reservation request. Three hours is the maximum reservation time per day and per session. Reservations for rooms will be taken only up to one week in advance. Library staff may check IDs at any time.  The Rothenberg Reading Room on the second floor, and the Brown Reading Room on the third floor, have been designated as quiet zones, and may not be reserved for group study or classes.

Quiet Zones

The open areas of the library have been designated as quiet zones for studying and research. When you are in these quiet areas, please refrain from cell phone and other conversations.  The library’s student lounges (Rooms 3314 and 4409) are available if you need to conduct a conversation.  Please let someone know at the User Services Desk if other library users are being disruptive in a quiet area.


To insure maximum availability of library materials, patrons are expected to reshelve all materials they have used. If you do not know where a book belongs on the shelf, please leave it at the User Services Desk.


Smoking is not permitted inside any part of the library or law school, including the courtyard and the roof terrace.

Special Collections

The Special Collections of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library are open to students, faculty and staff of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), and to members of the public for in-house use only. Access to the collections is by appointment only, please contact Special Collections at the Library to make an appointment.  Access to certain collections may be restricted based on condition, availability and/or prior donor arrangements. There is no charge to use the collections, however there may be a fee for copying or other services.


Non-compliance with Law Library policies is considered disruptive behavior and will result in the loss of Library privileges. Additional sanctions, such as notification of the dean of the appropriate school may be imposed depending on affiliation of the individual or the nature of the violation.