Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

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Thurgood Marshall Law Library

General Information - Policies


Library patrons may only bring beverages in approved spill proof containers.

Food is permitted in the form of individual "snack size" containers of foods like chips, cookies, candy, granola bars, and other relatively non messy, individual snack foods. Please discard all foods containers in the designated trash cans near the study rooms, near the basement elevator lobby and the main library exit. All library staff members are authorized to enforce this policy.

Library hours are posted in the building, on the website and on Facebook. Please complete all circulation activity, scanning, and printing at least fifteen minutes (15) prior to closing. The computer lab closes fifteen minutes prior to the library closing.

Borrowing Privileges
The law library's collection is available to the public for in-library research. TSU faculty, staff, and students may borrow selected materials using their library account. Their library account will be created automatically based on their registration to the university. Public patrons must have a current TexShare card and picture ID to borrow circulating materials. Circulating library materials are loaned for a four-week period.  All law library materials are due at the end of each semester, even if the normal four-week loan period has not expired.  All loans should be initiated at least 15 minutes before posted closing times.

The library is a place for research and study. Loud talking or lengthy conversations are not permitted. In an effort to control the volume of noise in the library, there are two different noise zones in the library, the "Quiet Zone" and the "No Talking Zone". In the "Quiet Zone" short low whispered conversations will be allowed. While in the "No Talking Zone" talking will be totally prohibited. This location is for serious studying. Absolutely no talking will be allowed in this area, no exceptions.

  • Most of the first floor will be a "Quiet Zone" with short whispered conversations being allowed.

  • Exception, one area of the first floor, the tables and carrels in the Classified Sections around Aisles 120-136 will also be a "No Talking Zone."

  • The Law Library Basement is mostly a "No Talking Zone."

  • The section of the basement separated before the study rooms will be a “Quiet Zone”.

Library Access
The main entrance is the only point of access to the Library. Without the prior authorization of the Law Library Director, access to the library after hours is strictly prohibited. Staff work areas, which include areas behind the Circulation Desk, are off limits to patrons.

Library Property
Destroying or vandalizing library equipment and materials is prohibited. Please respect library property, and report any damages to the Circulation Desk staff.

Library Security
The law library uses an electric security system to prevent unauthorized removal of library materials. A patron in possession of improperly checked out materials will set off an alarm when exiting and will be unable to pass. If the alarm sounds, all materials must be presented to the Circulation Desk attendant for inspection.

Lost And Found
Items found in the law library should be taken to the Circulation Desk. Unclaimed items are used by the law library or given to a charitable organization.

Knowledge Imaging Center
The Knowledge Imaging Center is a complete color digitization scanning system for excerpts from books and other materials, up to 24 x 17 inches. Scans can be saved on a USB drive or sent by email. Inquire at the Circulation Desk for more information

Telephones located in the law library are for library use only. However, the secondary line located at the Circulation Desk can be used in case of emergencies.

Help us to provide a safe study environment by reporting suspicious activity or individual(s) to the Circulation Desk so that we can alert the campus police.

The use of tobacco products in all areas of the Library is prohibited.

Suggestions for improved services and book purchases, as well as complaints or other comments concerning the library, should be made to any library staff member.

Pencil sharpeners, hole punchers, paper cutters, and staplers are available at the Circulation Desk, Reference Desk, and in the scanner area.



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