Panza Maurer Law Library: Law Library Policies

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Study Room Policy

The Panza Maurer Law Library has 28 study rooms available for checkout.  Panza Maurer Law Library study rooms are available exclusively to currently enrolled NSU law students and recent graduates (within the last 6 months) studying for the bar exam (or those graduates on the list maintained by the Academic Success and Professionalism Program).  Study rooms check out for three hours at a time.  At the end of the three hour period, students must return to the Public Services Desk to return the key.  At the discretion of the Panza Maurer Law Library staff, provided that there is no waitlist, students may renew the room for a second three hour period. Study room keys may not leave the law library; if a student has a study room checked out and needs to leave the room for any reason, they must put the room key in the "break" box on the Public Services Desk.  If a study room key is not returned at the end of the checkout period, the student's account will be locked and they will not be able to check out any materials until the key is returned.  

Study Room Rules

Checking Out

  • Study rooms are first come- first served. We do not reserve rooms.
  • All room checkouts require the student to present their Shark Card (if checking out a group room all members must have Shark Card). (Students are required to carry their Shark Card per the NSU Student Handbook.)
  • There must be a minimum of three people present at the time of checking out a group study room.
  • If no rooms are available, a student may be placed on the waiting list.
  • All group member names will be placed on the waiting list for a group room, all group members must be present at the time of check out (with Shark Card). Failure to do so forfeits the key.
  • While one group member will be placed on the waiting list (via Shark Card) if a group room is not available, all 3+ members must be present with Shark Cards when a key does becomes available.
  • Any student who is currently in a group room cannot be placed on the waiting list until their group room time expires or the group room key is returned to circulation for check in.
  • A student on the waitlist MUST keep the buzzer on them at all times. For groups on the waitlist one member of the group must keep the buzzer on them at all times. If all buzzers are checked out, then students cannot be placed on the waiting list until one is returned.
  • Students must remain in the law library with the buzzer. 

Renewing Rooms

  • Study rooms may not be renewed.  The student(s) must bring the key to the Circulation Desk to be checked in.  If there are no students waiting for a study room the room may be checked out again by the returning student. 

 

Summer Term Study Room Policy 2018

(Effective May 7, 2018 through July 23, 2018)

NSU Law graduates studying for the July Bar Exam, the entire 3rd floor is reserved for Bar Study Only.  Additionally, all 3rd floor study rooms (except the Barcelona and PILS auction rooms) will only be checked out to NSU law students studying for July Bar Exam. There will be no time limit on any of the rooms, and the rooms will be checked out on a first come-first served basis. 

NSU Law Students Not Studying for the Bar Exam during this time, all 2nd floor study rooms will be available to all NSU Law and AAMPLE students on a first come-first served basis. * The regular study room policies of 3-hour time limit and 1 renewal (if there is no waiting list) will be in effect.

* Note: Those NSU Law students studying for the Bar Exam can check out study rooms on the 2nd floor.  However, the regular study room policies of a 3-hour check-out time and 1 renewal (if no waiting list) will apply.  

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Law Library Carrel Policy

Panza Maurer Law Library Study Carrel Policy

 

  • Study carrels are for NSU College of Law students only. They are available for checkout on a first-come/first-served basis.  Any concerns regarding the study carrels should be directed to a member of the library staff. 
  • Study carrels can be checked out for a 3-hour period.  If there is no one waiting for a carrel then it can be renewed for an additional 3 hours.
  • Keys are available at the Public Services Desk for check out with a Shark Card.
  • Study carrel cubbies should be locked at all times, especially if the student chooses to leave their property in the cubby area unattended.
  • At closing time, all personal property should be removed and the carrel cubby locked so that the key can be returned to the Public Services Desk. Students may still utilize the study carrel but there will be no access to the cubby after service hours.
  • All carrel keys should be returned to the Public Services Desk when a student either leaves the library on break or is finished with the study carrel.
  • If a study carrel key is lost, the student with the carrel checked out, will be responsible for the cost of the replacement key. NSU charges $75 for a replacement key.
  • Any personal items left in the study carrel will be placed in the lost and found located at the Public Services Desk for 72 hours and then turned into Public Safety Lost and Found. Laptops, cell phones, keys and other items of value will be held until 15 minutes before the close of the Public Services Desk that day and then turned into Public Safety Lost and Found for the protection of the item and so that they may be accessed after hours.
  • Students should notify the Public Services Desk of any damage to the study carrel, including lights being out or outlets not working.
  • If all study carrels are occupied and a student would like to be placed on a waiting list they must go to the Public Services Desk with their Shark Card. 

Code of Conduct

In addition to the general facility policies of Nova Southeastern University, the following policies apply to all patrons of the Law Library.

The primary mission of the Panza Maurer Law Library is to serve faculty, students, and staff of the Law School and Nova Southeastern University.  The library also welcomes alumni, members of the Bar, and public patrons who wish to use the Library’s collection for conducting legal research. 

  • In order to provide the necessary services, the library must provide an environment that is conducive to research and study, and the legitimate use of library materials and services. 

  • To foster this environment, it is necessary that all patrons of the library follow the rules and be considerate of the rights of other patrons utilizing the library. Additionally, patrons should treat all library materials, equipment, and facilities with care as these must be shared and used by all patrons.

  • Community Access computers are available for use by all patrons for legal research only.  When there are other patrons waiting, use of Community Access computers should be limited to no more than 90 minutes.

  • Patrons should comply with all library staff directions and instructions.

  • Patrons must comply with all posted signage, including limitations on seating, equipment usage, noise restrictions, temporary closures, and any other instructions or usage limitations.

  • Any behavior or condition that disrupts the orderly use of the library, may damage or harm library materials, equipment, or furnishings, and that affects the ability of library staff to provide service is prohibited.

  • Any conduct that disturbs other Library patrons or disrupts the library activities is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to, excessive noise (including loud conversations, noise created by audio equipment and electronic communication devices), verbal abuse, threats of violence, any type of harassment, and any other offensive behavior.

  • Removing or attempting to remove library materials, equipment or property without checkout or other library authorization is prohibited.

  • Damaging library materials by marking or removing pages or other destructive activities towards equipment or facilities are prohibited.

  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for the child’s conduct, as well as for any damage or disturbance by the child.

  • Only animals that assist patrons with disabilities are allowed in the library.

  • Solicitation or selling of merchandise in the library is prohibited.

  • In the period beginning three weeks prior to law school exams and continuing throughout the examination period, library study space becomes very limited and law students receive priority in seating and use of library study areas.  Non-law student access is limited to the information exchange zone on the 2nd floor or other areas designated with signs.


 

The following outlines the scope of assistance that the Law Librarians and staff can provide:

  • All patrons of the law library are entitled to ask assistance of Law Librarians in the use of all resources when reference librarians are available.

  • Law Librarians can provide information on legal aid and local bar attorney referral services.

  • Law Librarians can help you find print or electronic materials on particular areas of law to assist you with your research (e.g. statute book, case reporter, Legal encyclopedia, etc.).

  • Law Librarians can show you how to use the print or electronic materials.

  • Law Librarians can explain how the court system works generally. However, they cannot give you specifics of how the court system operates. (For instance, they cannot tell you which court to file a case in or which documents need to be filed in a case, etc.)

  • Law Librarians cannot tell you which forms, statutes, or cases are the correct ones. Additionally, Law Librarians cannot draft, edit or check documents for patrons.

  • Law Librarians, Staff, and Student Workers are not permitted to provide any type of legal advice, to conduct legal research for patrons, or provide an opinion of any kind on the law or a case.

Gift Policy

The Panza Maurer Law Library welcomes cash and in-kind donations that have the potential to become a part of the collection as an additional copy, as a new edition, or as a replacement of a poorer quality copy.

The library reserves the right to dispose of any portion of a gift that falls outside of the scope of its Collection Development policy.

The Panza Maurer Law Library cannot accept gifts with restrictions or provide appraisals of gifts.

Upon receipt of a gift, the library provides an acknowledgement letter of the gift. For cash gifts, the same acknowledgement procedure is followed. In appropriate situations, a gift that is to be added to the collection or purchases made from cash gifts may be gift plated to indicate the donor´s name and the year of the gift.  For donations larger than two boxes, please contact 954-262-6213 to schedule an appointment and ensure a staff member is available to process your donation.

Donations:

  • When patrons or faculty give donations they are to be given a form to fill out that asks for their name, address, and if they would like a donation acknowledgment letter.  (They are not required to fill out the form)
  • If the patron or faculty member fills out the form, please place the form inside the cover of one of the donated books.
  • Take the books to Technical Services and place on the cart designated donations.  The librarian will assess and determine if the books can be added to the collection.  Additionally, the librarian will prepare a donation acknowledgment letter for the donor, and have it readied for the Associate Dean's signature, and place it in the mail.
  • Any books not added will be recycled.
  • Books added to the collection will be processed and catalogued for addition to the collection.

 

Panza Maurer Law Library Donation Information

 

Name: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_____________________________________________________________________

 

Address: ____________________________________________________________________

 

City: _______________________________________________________________________

 

State: _____________________________ Zip Code: ________________________________

 

Would you like to receive a donation acknowledgement letter? ______ YES  or  ______ NO

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Access Policy

The Panza Maurer Law Library is open to all NSU students, staff, faculty, alumni, members of the bar, and the public.  

In the period beginning three weeks prior to law school exams and continuing throughout the examination period, library study space becomes very limited and law students receive priority in seating and use of library study areas.  Non-law student access is limited to the area next to the Public Services Desk on the 2nd floor or other areas designated with signs.

Please note that for the 2018-2019 Academic Year, the following periods will have restricted access for non-law students:

  • Friday, November 9, 2018-Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Monday, April 1, 2019-Friday, May 3, 2019

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How Long Can I Check Out Materials & Study Rooms?

 

NSU Law Students (1L, 2L, 3L, 4L, MSL, LLM, and New Graduates less than 6 months):

Collection

Loan Period

Renews (if no holds)

Fine

Max Number

General Collection

21 days

Y (1x)

No

10

Burris Collection

21 days

Y (1x)

No

10

Law & Popular Culture Collection

21 days

Y (1x)

No

10

Law and Popular Culture DVDs

7 days

N

No

3

Course & Faculty Reserve

3 Hours

Y (1x)

No

1

Study Guides/Student Collection

7 days

Y (1x)

No

3

Study Rooms

3 hours

Y (1x)

No

1

 

Study room keys may not leave the library. If a student wishes to leave the library, the key may be left in the break box at the Public Services Desk.  All other materials may leave the library, but must be returned by the end of the loan period. 

 

NSU Law Alumni (Graduates more than 6 months)

Collection

Loan Period

Renews (if no holds)

Fine

Max Number

General Collection

21days

Y (1x)

No

5

Burris Collection

21 days

Y (1x)

No

5

Law & Popular Culture Collection

21 days

Y (1x)

No

5

Law and Popular Culture DVDs

7 days

N

No

3

CLE

3 days

Y (1x)

No

3

Course & Faculty Reserve

0

0

No

0

Study Guides/Student Collection

0

0

No

0

Study Rooms

0

0

No

0

 

Alumni must bring a photo ID to show to the Public Services Desk.  If your date of graduation is more than one year ago, you may be asked for additional information in order to check out materials (i.e. your address, phone number, and e-mail address). 

 

NSU Law Faculty

Collection

Loan Period

Renews (if no hold)

Fine

Max Number

General Collection

6 mos.

N

No

20

Burris Collection

6 mos.

N

No

20

Law and Popular Culture

21 days

Y (1x)

No

10

Law and Popular Culture DVD

7 days

N

No

3

Study Guides/Student

14 days

N

No

5

CLE

7 days

Y (1x)

No

5

 

If NSU Law faculty wish to permit research assistants to check out books or other materials on their behalf, they must fill out a research assistant form.

 

NSU Faculty / Staff (other than College of Law)

Collection

Loan Period

Renews (if no holds)

Fines

Max Number

General Collection

3 mos.

N

No

10

Burris Collection

3 mos.

N

No

10

LPC-Books

21 days

Y (1x)

No

10

LPC-DVD

7 days

N

No

3

 

NSU Students (other than College of Law)

Collection

Loan Period

Renews (if no holds)

Fines

Max Number

General Collection

21 days

Y (1x)

No

10

Burris Collection

21 days

Y (1x)

No

10

LPC-Books

21 days

Y (1x)

No

10

LPC-DVD

7 days

N

No

3

 

Community Patrons

Collection

Loan Period

Renews (if no holds)

Fines

Max Number

General Collection

21 days

Y (1x)

No

5

Burris Collection

21 days

Y (1x)

No

5

Law and Popular Culture

21 days

Y (1x)

No

5

Law and Popular Culture DVD

7 days

N

No

3

 

Community patrons must have an Alvin Sherman Library card in order to check out materials from the Panza Maurer Law Library.  While community patrons are welcome to use all PMLL materials within the law library, they may only borrow the materials listed above.

 

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Printing Policy

 

The College of Law has given all law students $125/year on individual printing accounts to use for printing.  Black and white pages will cost 5 cents which will be deducted from the $125/per year balance as copies are made.  Color pages (available at the Alvin Sherman Library) will cost 10 cents per copy which will also be deducted from the balance. A 25% discount is given for printing in duplex (double-sided). For black and white pages, this will result in over 2500 single-sided pages per year.

Students may add additional balance using SharkFunds via the SharkCard Services page (http://www.nova.edu/nsucard/index.html) or by putting cash into the vending machines available at the Alvin Sherman Library. To set up printing, students may refer to the attached handout from OIIT below.

If a print job fails or a student believes that they have been charged an incorrect amount for a print job, they should go to http://www.nova.edu/nsucard/mynsuprint/index.html and file a refund request.  The student should then contact either OIIT on the 3rd floor of the Panza Maurer Law Library via e-mail (rayala@nova.edu) or the Circulation Manager (owilliams@nova.edu) so that they can expedite the request.

Student research assistants and students participating in co-curricular activities (such as moot court, NTA or law journals) will be given access through their organization or faculty member to additional printing options for the purpose of their employment or participation the in co-curricular activity.  Abuse of these additional resources will be considered a violation of the honor code. The Law Library will monitor the use of these accounts.

The new policy will assure that the Panza Maurer Law Library can provide the highest quality of service to students while managing costs and resources. The goal is to reduce waste and improve availability of the printers, while having an impact on the smallest possible number of students.

Fine Policy

 

Because it is the mission of the Panza Maurer Law Library to provide the materials needed for legal research and study, the Panza Maurer Law Library does not charge fines.  If materials are not returned by the due date, patrons will not be able to borrow other materials or study rooms from the law library until the materials are returned.  If materials are lost, the patron will be responsible for replacement costs plus a small processing fee. Please contact the Assistant Director, Operations & Collections with any questions about this policy.

 

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Reference Appointments

NSU students, faculty, staff, and College of Law alumni may request a reference appointment with a librarian.  Those eligible to make an appointment with a librarian should consider doing so when they would like more than 10-15 minutes of reference help. The reference appointment form is available on the College of Law’s website: http://systems.library.nova.edu/form/view.php?id=89

When a request for reference appointment is received, the Assistant Director, Research & Reference or the Senior Associate Director will assign a librarian to assist and confirm the appointment with the library patron.

Librarians can assist with the following:

• Learn about resources for in-depth research

• Learn how to use specific electronic or print resources

• Learn more about what tools are available for research

• Learn more about how to research effectively

• Find resources to choose a topic

• Learn how to do research on an unfamiliar area of law

• Assist with identifying study guides and academic success resources

• Provide instruction on citation format

Appointments should be made at least two business days in advance. Appointments are offered Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (Eastern Time).  Evening appointments are also available.  Weekend appointments are available on an as needed basis.