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Week of May 13, 2002

Library Hours for Spring Semester 

Sunday  10:00 a.m. -11:00 p.m. 
Monday through Thursday  8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. 
Friday  8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Saturday  9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Reference Hours for Spring Semester  

Sunday  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Monday through Thursday  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Friday  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Exam Hours

Exam hours will be from May 2 - May 19.

Sunday  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday* 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
* (on Sat., May 18, the Library will close at 6:00 p.m.)

COMMENCEMENT DAY HOURS (Sunday, May 19)

Library Hours 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Document Center Hours for Spring Semester  

Sunday CLOSED
Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED

Library Summer Hours

Summer Hours will begin May 20th.

Sunday CLOSED
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Reference Hours for Summer Semester

Sunday CLOSED
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Lexis and Westlaw Printers  

Free Lexis and Westlaw printing is available to students using the Lexis and Westlaw printers.  Directions for using the printers are available in the computer labs and at the Service Desk.  Staff and faculty should still print to the Document Center. 

To use the printers, use the print feature in Lexis or Westlaw.  Do not use the print feature in your browser.  Printing using the browser's feature will charge the job to your Chicago-Kent account. 

Check the Lexis and Westlaw entries in the Record for further details and updates on the free printing. 

Summer Access to Lexis and Westlaw

Use of your Lexis and Westlaw student password is subject to each company’s policies summer access. If you aren’t sure about your situation, or if you have any questions, remember to ask a Librarian or your Lexis or Westlaw representative.

Lexis-Nexis To sign up for summer access, students must be involved in summer school, law review, law journal, moot court, a research project for a professor or member of clinical program staff, or employed by a public, non-profit organization with tax exempt status.  This does not include courts or federal, state, and local government.  You must also agree to the general terms and conditions for use that apply during the school year.  Lexis also provides access for graduating students who will be studying for the bar.  Details are available at http://www.lexisnexis.com/associates/newlawyer/.  You can register your ID at: http://lawschool.lexis.com/.

Westlaw Students may use Westlaw if they are enrolled in summer law school classes, involved in law review or law journal work, working on a project for a professor, or involved in moot court.  Each student automatically receives two hours of online time. For more time, you will need to register your password online and agree to Westlaw’s general terms for student use.  Students can also extend their password if they will be studying for the bar exam over the summer.  You can register your password by clicking on the extend link at http://lawschool.westlaw.com/.

Also, you may still come to the Library in the summer and use any of the online databases that are available at the Downtown Campus.  This includes Loislaw, a service similar to Lexis and Westlaw.  You may use your Loislaw password over the summer for any purpose.  If you have not signed up for a Loislaw password, ask a reference librarian how.

Exams in Computer Labs

Some exams are scheduled in the computer labs and the labs will not be available for use at those times. A schedule listing the times for exams in computer labs is kept at the Service Desk. Please stop by and ask if you need to check the availability of a computer lab.

Extra Study Room Hours for Exams

For read period and exams, students may reserve study rooms for two hours a day instead of one. To reserve a study room, please sign up at the Library Service Desk with your valid student ID.

Exam Database

A database of old exams (mostly from between 1990 and Spring 2000) which professors have released for review by students is available on the Web at http://exams.digitallib.kentlaw.edu/.  You will need your network login name and password to access the exam files.

Once in the database, you can use pull-down menus to search for exams by Instructor name, Course name, Term, and/or Year.

The exams are displayed as PDF files, so you if you have not done so you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader (available for free at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html) to read the files.

Resource of the Week

InSITE is a current awareness service for web pages that cover legal topics. It provides a link to each page and a description of its contents. You can browse the current issue, as well as past issues, or perform a variety of searches for web pages on your topic.  If you scroll down the page, you can sign up for an email subscription.

Library Suggestion Box 

A new suggestion box is available in the Library.

The box is mounted to the wall on your right as you enter the Library on the 9th floor. All suggestions, comments, and complaints will be answered as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours of receipt. Both suggestions and replies will be posted on a bulletin board to the left of the box.  

You are not limited to the suggestion box!  Please send me an E-mail to: Keith Stiverson (KSTIVERS), give me a call (x65610), or come to see me in room 871 if there is anything you want to discuss about the Library or its services.

Keith Ann Stiverson, Library Director

Interlibrary Loan Policy  

Interlibrary Loan is available to all Downtown Campus students.  This service can be used to borrow a book that is not owned by the Downtown Campus Libraries or a copy of an article not available in the library.  Once you are certain the library does not own an item and that it cannot be obtained through one of the online databases maintained by the library, send an email to illreq@kentlaw.edu to request a loan of the book.  The library's directory of online resources, including the catalog, is at infoctr.edu.  Please note that ILL requests commonly require one to two weeks to fill. 

Consideration for Others in the Library  

Please try to maintain a quiet atmosphere in the Library for the benefit of all those who are studying around you.  If you need to work in a group, study rooms are available.  You may use any unreserved study room, or make a reservation at the Service Desk with your current ID. 

Study Room Policy 

Study rooms are for group study by I IT students using the Downtown Campus Libraries' resources.  You may reserve a room in advance at the Service Desk with your current ID. 

Library Cell  Phone Policy 

Before entering the Library, cell phones must be turned off.  In addition, you must leave the Library before using your cell phone.  We have been inundated with complaints about the disturbances caused by cell phone usage in the Library, which has forced us to adopt this policy. 

For those of you with an emergency situation who must be reachable by cell phone, you can leave your phone on ONLY if it gets your attention by some method other than ringing.  If you have one that vibrates quietly or uses a blinking light, you can leave it on while you are in the Library.  This exception does not change the requirement that you leave the Library to use your phone. 

Library Food and Drink Policy 

1) Drinks are permitted, except in the computer labs, if they are in a reusable hard plastic or metal container with a permanent lid that does not have to be removed to drink.  Water is allowed in a standard water bottle with a securable cap. 

Not allowed are: cans, styrofoam or paper cups, soft drinks or juice in bottles. 

2) Food is not permitted in the Library. 

3) No food or drinks of any kind are allowed in the computer labs. 

Please Guard Your Valuables

Personal belongings, such as laptops, wallets, purses, briefcases, cell phones and Palmtops should be carried with you any time you leave your study area.  If they are left unattended, security staff may take them to the security desk. 
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