Circulation Services

Most of the books and other material in the Gallagher Law Library may be checked out. University of Washington faculty, students, and staff must use their Husky card. Other users may register with the Law Library to check out books and use the Library's computers. [Note: Registering with the Law Library does not entitle public patrons to check out materials from other UW Libraries. For more information, see Library Borrowing Privileges for Visitors.]

This page describes Circulation Desk procedures and services.

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Registering as a Borrower

The Gallagher Law Library is open to the public. For more information, see the state regulations governing the use of the Law Library (WAC 478-168-010 to -096).

To register as a public patron, bring a recent photo ID and proof of current home address to the Circulation Desk. After completing the registration form, you will receive a University of Washington NetID and password with which you can access the Library's book scanners and computers. You will also receive a barcode that you can use to check out Library material from the circulating collection.

Your right to check out books may be suspended if you owe overdue or replacement fees.


Checking Out Books & Other Library Material

To check out a book or other item from the Gallagher Law Library, bring it to the Circulation Desk and present your Husky card (UW faculty, students, ands staff) or Gallagher barcode (public patrons).

Note that the Circulation Desk closes 15 minutes before the Library closes. This earlier closure is necessary so that Circulation staff can clear and secure the Library. When the Circulation Desk is closed, users cannot check out any material, including books from Course Reserve, the Classified Stacks, the Compact Stacks, Good Reads, and the Reference Area.

Loan periods vary depending on the status of the borrower and the type of materials checked out.

Material from Library Locations UW Faculty & Graduate Students Other Users
Classified Stacks, L1 & L2 12 weeks 4 weeks
Compact Stacks, L2 12 weeks 4 weeks
Good Reads, L1 12 weeks 4 weeks
Microfiche & Microfilm, L1 Reference Area 12 weeks 4 weeks
Course Reserve, L1 4 hours 4 hours (UW undergraduates)
Reference Area, L1 2 weeks / 4 hours Library use only

Material found in other locations must be retrieved by a member of the Circulation staff and must be used in the Library.

If another user requests an item that you have checked out, the loan period is shortened (2 weeks maximum). You will be notified to return the item. You may, in turn, place a hold to check out the item again.

If the material that you want is checked out and you are a current UW faculty, staff, or student, you can request a copy from a Summit library. A copy will be sent from a member library and should arrive in 3-5 business days. The general loan period for items requested through Summit is 6 weeks. Items checked out through Summit cannot be renewed. More about Summit

For items not held by the Gallagher Law Library, the UW Libraries, or a Summit library, UW School of Law faculty, staff, and students may submit an interlibrary loan request. Other UW faculty, students, and staff may request interlibrary loan services through the University Libraries. Users unaffiliated with the University of Washington should consult the librarian at their place of employment or their local public libraries.

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Returning Books

Please returned Library material to Gates Hall at one of our four bookdrop locations:

  • At the Circulation Desk book drop inside the Gallagher Law Library
  • The book drop outside Gates Hall, at the northeast entrance near Memorial Way
  • The book drop outside Gates Hall, at the northwest corner of the building near 15th Avenue NE
  • The book drop inside Gates Hall (first floor), at the Garvey Schubert Barer Student Commons (near the Supreme Cup café)

Please return Course Reserve and Reference Area materials to a Circulation Desk staff member or place in the Circulation Desk book drop only. These materials are in high demand and returning them this way ensures they are available for the next patron as soon as possible. Please do not deposit them in one of the other bookdrops unless the Library is closed.

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Extending Loans

Borrowed materials from the Classified Stacks and the Compact Stacks may be renewed if there are no holds and if the materials are less than 2 weeks overdue.

You may renew books by contacting Circulation in person, by phone (206/543-4086), or by using the "My Library Account" link found on the Library homepage, beneath the catalog search box.

To renew books in person or by phone, you will need your Husky Card (students) or your Gallagher Law Library barcode (public patrons). Stop by the Circulation Desk or call (206) 543-4086.

Materials from Course Reserve and the Reference Area cannot be renewed. These materials should be returned to the Circulation Desk; hand them to a staff member or place them in the Circulation Desk book drop. Do not deposit them in one of the other book drops unless the Library is closed.

Items checked out through Summit cannot be renewed and are subject to fines. Learn more about Summit.

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Placing Holds

What can you do if someone else has checked out a book that you want?

You may place a "hold" on it. The first borrower's loan period is shortened and he or she is notified to return the item. When the book becomes available, Library staff will notify you. You have one week to pick up the book at the Circulation Desk. After that time, it will be returned to the shelves.

To place a hold, stop by the Circulation Desk or call (206) 543-4086.

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Fines & Billed Items

For our fines and billed items policies, please see the UW Libraries Fines page.


Using My Library Account

"My Library Account" is a feature of the Law Library catalog that givers users access to their own library records. Log in with your UW NetID (all users).

My Library Account

What can you do with My Library Account?

  • Review a list of items that you have checked out.
  • Renew checked-out items (as long as no one else has placed a hold on it).
  • Review and cancel requests and holds that you have placed on library items.
  • Create and save search queries and alerts. When you save a search query, you can also set an alert to be notified when the Library acquires a new item matching your search query.

Please visit the Circulation Desk (or call 206-543-4086) to inquire about these services.

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