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Law Library Code of Conduct

The essential mission of the University of Wisconsin Law Library is to support and foster the learning, research, and service activities of the faculty, staff, and students of the UW Law School, specifically, and the University of Wisconsin, generally. The Law Library also serves as an important source of legal information for the State of Wisconsin. To that end the library acquires, organizes, makes accessible, and preserves sources of legal information in all formats. It also provides instruction on how to find and evaluate the sources of information to which it provides access.

To provide a safe and respectful environment for collaborative and individual study and learning, the Law Library expects library users to abide by the code of conduct described below.

Individuals are expected to:

  • Obey all local, state, and federal laws.

  • Abide by Chapter UWS 18, Wisconsin Administrative Code, which governs all conduct on University lands.

  • Use email, network, and Internet resources within the Guidelines for Appropriate Use of University of Wisconsin-Madison Information Technology Resources.

  • Adhere to policies governing appropriate use of University identification.

  • Present identification to library staff upon request.

  • Comply with library circulation policies.

  • Respond to emergency and security gate alarms and other situations as instructed by staff.

  • Leave building at closing and limit use of the library to authorized areas only.

  • Respect library users by keeping noise to a minimum. (See library policies regarding noise.)

  • Respect library users and the library collection by not bringing food into the library. Beverages in covered containers are allowed, but not near computers or equipment. (See library policies regarding food and beverages).

  • Adhere to Law Library policy limiting library access during exam periods to law students and persons needing to use legal materials or government publications.


Behavior that infringes on the rights of library users or staff are in conflict with the mission of the Law Library. Prohibited activity and behavior include, but are not limited to, the following.

Individuals will not:

  • Exhibit any threatening or intimidating behavior, e.g., abusive language, threats of violence, or harassment.

  • Engage in behavior that is potentially unsafe or harmful to self or others.

  • Create disturbances or disruptions, or behave in any manner that is inconsistent with the Law Library’s mission.

  • Sell, solicit, or petition in the Law Library; post or distribute materials without permission.

  • Possess, use, or be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.

  • Misuse, misappropriate, damage, steal, or obstruct use of library equipment, resources, or facilities.

  • Allow others to use their nontransferable UW-Madison identification or UW-Madison NetID network authentication.

  • Use restroom facilities or study rooms for purposes other than which they were intended.

Any person who violates this code of conduct is subject to sanctions, which might include:

  • being asked to leave the library premises.

  • being reported to the Dean of Students.

  • having library privileges suspended or revoked.

  • being banned from the Law Library or other UW-Madison Libraries.

  • being reported to the police.

  • legal prosecution.

Questions or comments can be directed to the Director of Library and Information Services, Steven M. Barkan.

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