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The Law Library is open to the public, the university community, and to the members of the local bar. The Circulation Desk is staffed all hours the library is open to the general public. To contact the Desk directly dial 859-572-6030.

How to Check Out Books / Loan Period

Although much of our collection is non-circulating, single volume treatises can be checked out. All check-out and check-in takes place at the Circulation Desk. To check out any item from the regular or reserve collections users need to present a current university I.D. or a Chase library card. General loan periods are one year for law faculty and one semester for law students. Please call the Circulation Desk at 859/572-6030 if you have a question regarding checkout. All users will be notified if their book(s) is overdue. The charge to replace books not returned is the current cost of the book plus a $10.00 processing fee.

How to Apply for a Chase Library Card

All non-university individuals can apply for a free Chase library card at the Circulation Desk. Adults must present two forms of current identification, one of which must be a photo I.D., such as a driver’s license or passport. The other should include both name and current address, for example, a personal check, rent receipt, or utility bill.

Recalling Books/Hold Requests

Users can request that a book which has already been checked out by another patron be recalled. When the book is returned, the requestor will be notified, and the book will be held at the Circulation Desk.

Unable to Locate a Book?

Library users who are unable to locate a particular book should notify a Circulation staff member. A missing status will be attached to the book's record, and a periodic search will be done to locate the item. The Circulation staff will gladly notify the user when the book is found.

Renew Your Book

All library users can renew their books by calling the Circulation Desk at 859-572-6030 or e-mailing the desk at

Changed Your Address?

Please notify the Circulation Desk of any address change by calling 859-572-6030, e-mailing at, or by visiting the website.

Reserve Collection

The reserve collection is housed on the second floor. This collection consists of books and articles assigned by faculty for particular classes, as well as handbooks, restatements, nutshells, study aides, videocassettes and DVDs, and other high-use titles. Most reserve titles must be used within the law library, except for designated titles that can be checked out by law students for 24 hour use.

Group Study Rooms

Eleven rooms are available to Chase law students for group study. Many of these rooms are equipped with video and DVD players, as well as whiteboards. Law students may reserve study rooms online

Reserving a Study Carrel

All study carrels can be reserved by students on Law Review for a few weeks or the full semester. Law Review students should reserve a carrel by signing up at the Circulation Desk.

Lost & Found

A Lost & Found for items left in the Law Library is located at the Circulation Desk.