Limited Access Policy

The Limited Access Policy is also available in PDF.

The primary responsibility of the Ross-Blakley Law Library is to support the teaching and research functions of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. The Library also supports Arizona State University faculty and students as well as community users who need to access legal materials that only the Law Library owns, including the federal documents depository collection. This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)

Due to space limitations, and in order to ensure that the Library facilities and services are fully available to the College of Law community, the Law Library observes a limited access policy during the fall and spring semesters. This policy is fully enforced at all times that the Library is open during the academic terms. Use of the law library as a general study hall is forbidden during the fall and spring semesters.
 

Unrestricted Access Users


Faculty, students and staff of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of law; ASU students enrolled in upper level law school courses.

 

Authorized Access Users


Members of the Arizona Bar as well as members of the Arizona state and federal judiciary, upon display of a current bar card; judicial law clerks and research attorneys, upon display of a current court ID or current bar card. Authorized Access Users must check in with the circulation counter.

 

Limited Access Users


All categories of Limited Access Users must check in at the circulation counter, present proper identification, and sign in before limited access for that visit shall be granted. 

ASU faculty and academic personnel upon display of a current Sun Card;

ASU students taking courses where legal materials are required for their research upon display of a current Sun Card;

Members of the public who wish to access the legal information collections or materials held as part of the Federal Library Depository Program, upon display of current identification.

To accommodate the legal use of Federal depository materials in the Ross-Blakley Law Library, any unaccompanied child under 15 who self-identifies the need to access Federal depository materials for research
 

Visitors


Visitors who merely wish to tour the building for a brief period are asked to identify themselves and sign in at the circulation counter. This access does not allow the visitor to study or remain in the Law Library.

Access granted to authorized or limited access users shall not entitle them to the use of any Law Library facility designated for the exclusive use of ASU JD, LLM, and MLS law students, e.g. the Computer Labs, the study rooms, and the all night reading room. Access is granted contingent upon the user complying with the Library Code of Conduct. Any library user who is found to violate any library policy, or who is disruptive in any way, must leave the Library immediately.

 

Admittance Procedures

Unrestricted Access Users


The doors into the main reading room and the east elevators of the Ross-Blakley Law Library are controlled by the ISAAC system. The ISAAC card system reads Sun Cards. Law faculty, staff and students will have access rights to the Law Library through their activated Sun Card. Faculty, students and staff, as well as undergraduate students enrolled in upper level law classes must carry their Sun Cards to utilize the ISAAC card system and gain entry into the Library.

 

Authorized Access Users


Bench and Bar
Members of the Arizona Bar as well as members of the Arizona state and federal judiciary, judicial law clerks and research attorneys, will be admitted upon display of a current bar card or court ID.

ASU faculty members who anticipate that their students will need access to the Law Library in order to conduct research projects for their classes during any given semester may have their class rosters entered into the ISAAC Card System for that particular semester upon application to the Associate Dean for Information Technology and the Ross Blakley Law Library. Names of students along with their University identification numbers will be required. Successful activation will require that the students possess currently activated Sun Cards.

 

Limited Access Users


Access for users in this category requires proper identification and signing in at the Law Library circulation counter.

ASU faculty and academic personnel upon display of a current Sun Card, and signing the register will be admitted by the Circulation desk staff. Academic users in this category who have need of frequent access to the Law Library collections may apply to the Library Director, or the circulation desk staff to be added to the ISAAC control system. This process requires a current, activated Sun Card.

ASU students taking courses where legal materials are required for their research upon display of a current Sun Card and signing the register will be admitted by the circulation desk staff.

Members of the public who wish to access the legal information collections or materials held as part of the Federal Library Depository Program, upon display of current identification or an ASU Community Card, and upon signing the register will be admitted by the circulation desk staff.

All children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult while in the facilities of the Ross-Blakley Law Library. To accommodate the legal use of Federal depository materials in the Ross-Blakley Law Library, any unaccompanied child under 15 who self-identifies the need to access Federal depository materials for research will receive mediated searching assistance from library staff to identify and make available this material.  Click here for the Library Use by Minors policy.

 

Summary of Identification Required for Access Categories

Unrestricted and Authorized Access Users


User Category

Identification Required

ASU Law students, faculty and staff

Activated Sun Card

ASU students enrolled in upper level law classes

Activated Sun Card

Members of the State Bar

Current State Bar Membership Card

Members of the judiciary, judicial law clerks, research attorneys

Current Court Identification Card


Limited Access Users


User Category

Identification Required

ASU Faculty

Current Sun Card

ASU students – legal research only

Current Sun Card

ASU staff – legal research only

Current Sun Card

Faculty of other institutions of higher education

Current identification card from home campus or ASU community card

Members of the general public needing access to legal materials or federal depository library materials

Current identification or ASU Community Card

Law students from other law schools

Current identification

The Limited Access Policy is also available in PDF.

  

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