Using the Library

Borrowing Books

Faculty, students and staff of the university are entitled to borrow circulating materials from the Law Library using a valid University of Windsor patron card.

All materials borrowed from the Law Library must be charged out at the circulation desk. Law Library books must be returned to the Law Library and Leddy Library books must be returned to Leddy Library.

Many materials in the Law Library do not circulate. These include Reference materials, Law Reports, Statutes and Regulations, Periodicals, Digests, and Statute Citators.

Borrowing privileges may be suspended for failure to pay fines and/or return books, failure to co-operate with library staff, or failure to follow the Library Behaviour Code.

  • General loan period: 28 days
  • Reserve loan period: 5 hours (generally); some books - 2 or 3 hours or 1 day (a few reserve books do not circulate)

Renewing Books

Renewals for all items may be done in person at the circulation desk, by phone at 519-253-3000, ext. 2977 or via email at lawcirc@uwindsor.ca. Automatic renewals are done on general loan (28 day) books only. Please be sure to renew your reserve books before the time they are due to avoid incurring overdue fines.

If there is a request/hold placed on a general loan (28 day) book you have out, you will receive an email notice requesting that you return the book within 7 days and the book will not renew. If there is a request/hold placed on a reserve book you have out, the book will not renew.

Fines

  • 50 cents per day for materials on regular circulation
  • 60 cents per hour for materials on reserve

Law students should note that excessive fines at the Law Library may affect the ability to charge out materials at Leddy Library, and fines at Leddy Library can affect Law Library circulation privileges. Borrowing privileges will be suspended at the Law Library when unpaid fines reach $50.00. Borrowing privileges are suspended at Leddy Library when unpaid fines reach $10.00.

Interuniversity Borrowing Privileges

Canadian universities have agreed to extend in-person borrowing privileges to students, faculty and staff from across the country. You must present a valid university identification card to access this service.

Each institution may determine it's own reciprocal borrowing policies in regards to loan duration, fines and fees, and what items may or may not be borrowed. I.e. periodicals, books on course reserve or electronic items may not be available for loan.

Details provided by each participating institution on the policies they hold for reciprocal borrowers is available at Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA)

Please note that University of Toronto has established fees for reciprocal borrowing. Please see the University of Toronto's fees page for more information.

The lending library's regulations related to loan periods, renewal and recall procedures, and fines will apply to all loans. Lost or damaged materials should be reported to the library from which the item was borrowed. Students, faculty and staff are responsible for paying any fines, lost book charges or processing charges incurred.

Interlibrary Loan

All University of Windsor Law students, faculty and staff may submit a request to borrow items from another library.

For materials not available in the Paul Martin Law Library, law students may use Racer to search other University library catalogues to find the title and its location. Alternatively, a written request using the Interlibrary Loan form may be submitted to the circulation desk. An email may also be sent to lawill@uwindsor.ca with full details of the item required.

Your Racer login is:

  • Userid: your library barcode, with no spaces
  • Password: your last name in lower case
  • Your Library: choose windsor-law

If this does not work, you may need to self-register via One-Time User Registration.

  • Enter your Library barcode located on the back of your Student ID Card
  • Choose a password: 6-20 characters in length, case-sensitive
  • Enter your email address: you will be notified by email when your book is received

When going into Racer you would then enter your barcode as login, the password and choose "Windsor-Law". Non-law University of Windsor students, faculty and staff should visit the Leddy Library ILL department.

Library Orientation for Non-Law Students

Reference librarians are available to provide tours or training to classes from other parts of the University of Windsor campus.

Library Orientation for Law Students

Orientation tours for law students are offered by Library staff in September of each year. These tours provide a general overview of the Library's layout and the services offered to students. Specialized library instruction for specific courses (both law and non-law University of Windsor courses) can be arranged by contacting lawreference@uwindsor.ca.

Accumulation Carrels

Law students may reserve an accumulation carrel on the ground (or basement) floor of the library for up to 6 weeks at a time. Non-circulation materials, with some exceptions, may be accumulated at this carrel. Please consult with circulation desk staff regarding additional policies. Do not leave books signed out to your library card at these carrels as you are responsible for them should they go missing.

Borrowing Books

An external borrower card allows people not affiliated with the University of Windsor to borrow law library materials.

The following groups may request an External Borrower card for free at either the Law or Leddy Library:

  • University of Windsor Alumni (includes Articling students)
  • Canadian University faculty, students and staff
  • U of W Giving Campaign members
  • Visiting Professors and Post-Doctoral Fellows at Canadian institutions
  • St. Clair College faculty
  • Lambton College faculty
  • Wayne State University faculty
  • University of Detroit Mercy faculty (please request card from Law Library; borrowing privileges will be honoured at Leddy Library)
  • Self-representing Litigants

External borrowers may take out a book for 7 days at the Law Library, 14 days at Leddy. Law Library Reserve items may not be borrowed.

Renewing Books

Renewals for all items may be done in person at the circulation desk, by phone at 519-253-3000, ext. 2977 or via email at lawcirc@uwindsor.ca

Automatic renewals are not done on Law Library books. Please be sure to renew your books before the due date and time to avoid incurring overdue fines.

If there is a request/hold placed on a book you have out, you will receive an email notice requesting that you return the book within 7 days and the book will not renew.

Fines

  • 50 cents per day for materials on regular circulation
  • 60 cents per hour for materials on reserve

External borrowers will be held financially responsible for lost or damaged books. Borrowing privileges will be suspended until any incurred fines are paid in full.

Interlibrary Loan

Non-members of the legal community are not eligible for interlibrary loan services. Please visit the Windsor Public Library.

Electronic Resources

External borrowers may use most electronic resources by visiting our website while using a computer in the library. We regret that off-site access to electronic resources is not permitted by our license agreements.

Photocopying

Guest Photocopy Cards are available for sale at the front desk for $2, $5, or $10. Please note, the card itself costs $1. To add money to this card, members of the public must go to Leddy Library or to the UWIN Card Office CAW Student Centre, Lower Level (B 104).

Borrowing Books

Members of the legal profession and members of the general public are also welcome to use the law library. For an annual fee of $50, external borrowers may purchase an External Borrowers card from either the Law or Leddy Library.

External borrowers may take out a book for 7 days at the Law Library, 14 days at Leddy. Law Library Reserve items may not be borrowed.

All materials borrowed from the Law Library must be charged out at the circulation desk. Law Library books must be returned to the Law Library and Leddy Library books must be returned to Leddy Library.

Many materials in the Law Library do not circulate. These include Reference materials, Law Reports, Statutes and Regulations, Periodicals, Digests, and Statute Citators.

Renewing Books

Renewals for all items may be done in person at the circulation desk, by phone at 519-253-3000, ext. 2977 or via email at lawcirc@uwindsor.ca

Automatic renewals are not done on Law Library books. Please be sure to renew your books before the due date and time to avoid incurring overdue fines.

If there is a request/hold placed on a book you have out, you will receive an email notice requesting that you return the book within 7 days and the book will not renew.

Fines

  • 50 cents per day for materials on regular circulation
  • 60 cents per hour for materials on reserve

Borrowing privileges may be suspended for failure to pay fines and/or return books, failure to co-operate with library staff, or failure to follow the Library Behaviour Code.

External borrowers will be held financially responsible for lost or damaged books. Borrowing privileges will be suspended until any incurred fines are paid in full.

Interlibrary Loan

Members of the legal community may request the Law Library borrow materials from other libraries on their behalf for the following fee:

$50.00 plus any charges we incur from the lending library.

Please send an email to lawill@uwindsor.ca with complete details of the loan request (title, author, year or edition, title of chapter or article, etc.). 

Additional Information

Some services provided within the Law Library are not available to members of the legal profession and members of the general public. Visit the Windsor Public Library's e-resources on law for assistance.

Lawyers may use our staff photocopier by request and we will invoice your firm at a cost of $0.20 per page, plus HST.

Guest Photocopy Cards are available for sale at the front desk for $2, $5, or $10. Please note, the card itself costs $1. A receipt is available upon request. To add money to this card, members of the public must go to Leddy Library or to the UWIN Card Office CAW Student Centre, Lower Level (B 104).

Members of the public may also find helpful resources using the free publications provided on the website of Community Legal Education Ontario.