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How long can a book be checked out?





Circulating books - students  28 days 2 renewals $.25 per day
Circulating books - faculty  6 months 2 renewals $.25 per day
OhioLINK books
for students 
21 days 6 renewals $.50 per day
OhioLINK books
for faculty 
42 days 6 renewals $.50 per day
OASP materials   3 days no renewals $1.00 per day
Casebooks 4 hours no renewals $.50/hour
Law Laptops 8 hours no renewals $10.00/hr


During Reading Period and Exam Period circulation periods for OASP materials and other study aids are 1 day.  Fines during these periods will by $5.00 per day per item.

For OhioLINK materials, if a patron at the lending institution requests the book that you have checked-out, you will not be able to renew it.

For more detailed information about circulation, renewals and overdue fines, please ask at the Circulation Desk.


You can usually find ebooks via the UA Libraries Catalog.  Here are some databases of e-books: 

How to find a book owned by the University of Akron

The UA Libraries Catalog has records for books located at the Law Library, Bierce Library, Science and Technology Library and several other University-related libraries.  If the book is located at one of the other Akron campus libraries, you can either go to that library and check-out the book or request the book be sent to the Law Library.

Searching: The UA Libraries Catalog has records for print books, eBooks and links to electronic materials found in many databases including Westlaw, Lexis, HeinOnline, etc.  Links from the catalog will connect you to the material online.

After you find the book that you are interested in please note these three things:

  • Availability – is it available, checked out, in house use only, etc.
  • Location- where is it located?  Which library?
  • Call Number for the print book; e-content does not have call numbers 

Requesting a book: If a book is located at a different University of Akron library, you can request the book be sent to the Law Library for pick-up.  While viewing your search results, click on the REQUEST link to the left of the book title or if you have opened and are viewing the record, click on the Request button at the top of the screen.  Follow the instructions for requesting the material.

How to find a book not owned by the University of Akron

Follow these steps:

Step 1.  First search in the UA Libraries Catalog to verify that the material is not available at any libraries associated with the University of Akron, then while viewing your search results…

Step 2.  Request through OhioLINK: click on the Search OhioLINK button to try the same search in OhioLINK. The OhioLINK catalog includes materials owned by academic libraries in Ohio.  If your book is owned by an OhioLINK library that is willing to lend it, click the request button to have the book sent to the Law Library. 

Step 3.  Request through SearchOhio: if the book is not available through OhioLINK, click the SearchOhio button at the top of the page to request the book from participating Ohio public libraries.  

Step 4.  Request through Interlibrary Loan: if the book you need is not available through OhioLINK or SearchOhio, then you can request the book from out-of-state using Interlibrary Loan.  The Interlibrary Loan Request Form is for University of Akron law students.  The first time you use this service, click on First Time Users and then follow the instructions for setting up an account on ILLiad (the online interlibrary form service).

WorldCat- is a catalog of materials owned by libraries worldwide.  Use this catalog to verify that the book you are looking for exists and to double check the bibliographic information for the book.  You need accurate bibliographic information to request the book through interlibrary loan and that is why checking WorldCat helps with your interlibrary loan request.  You cannot use WorldCat to request books.