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Week of February 19, 2007

Library Spring Hours

Library Hours: Starting January 21:

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Monday - 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 Librarian Hours: Starting January 21:

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday - 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.

General Library Policies

Library Rules

While using the Downtown Campus Library, please observe the following rules and polices:

Courteous Behavior

Please respect the rights of others who wish to study and work in the Library. Keep your study area neat and clean. Walk quietly through study areas. Donít block pathways with your laptop cord (plug it in under your table). Erase the whiteboard/chalkboard in your study room when you leave. Donít move the furniture around. Keep your feet on the floor, not on the chairs. Generally, treat others the way you wish to be treated.†

Food and Drink

You may bring any drink into the Library. We ask, however, that you pick up after yourself and use the appropriate recycling bin. Food is never allowed, so donít bring it into the Library.

Noise & Cell Phones

Please respect the other patrons in the Library and whisper quietly, if you need to communicate with others in the library. Please do not use your cell phone in the Library, computer lab, or study rooms. If you need to make a call, take your cell phone outside the Library or into one of the stairwells. Keep noise levels down on personal music devices, and always wear your headphones. If noise in the Library is bothering you, inform the Circulation Desk.

Unattended Belongings

Please do not leave your personal belongings unattended. The Library is open to the public and thefts, while not frequent, have occurred. Belongings that are left unattended will be taken by security. If you are missing any personal items, please tell the Circulation Desk on the 9th floor as soon as possible so that security can be notified.

Use of Library Materials

Please handle all library materials with care. Refrain from writing in or marking-up library materials. If you cannot reach a book on a shelf, please ask a member of the library staff for assistance. Move unwanted library materials to a re-shelving area or return to the Circulation Desk. Do not ďhideĒ library materials in the stacks. If a book that you are using is damaged, please let a member of the staff know; most of the time, we can fix the problem. Please remember that library materials are for the use of everyone.

Other Reminders

  • No pets are allowed in the Library.

  • Persons under the age of 18 should be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

  • Please do not disturb the ďEmergency HeatĒ switches located throughout the Library.

  • Members of the public who do not follow these rules may be asked to leave and/or barred from the Library; students may be referred to their academic dean for appropriate disciplinary action.

  • If you observe suspicious behavior, please contact a member of the staff immediately.


The Library has installed two PowerDomes on the west side of the 9th floor. These table-top devices will allow you to plug into power & the network without having to dive under the tables. If you like the PowerDomes or if you hate them, please let a Library staff member know since we're considering installing them throughout the Library (or, email Holly Lakatos, Director of Public Services at:

New Movies in the Library LPOP Collection

As announced in previous editions of the Record, the Library is building a collection of movies & books related to law in popular culture. Students may check-out books for 4 weeks and movies for 7 days at the circulation desk. Here are the new movies that have been added to the collection:

Adamís Rib (1949) DVD, Not Rated, 1 hr. 40 min.
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Judy Holliday.
Directed by: George Cukor.
Synopsis: Assistant District Attorney Adam Bonner (Tracy) fights wife Amanda (Hepburn) in and out of court over a sensational attempted murder trial.

Anatomy of a Murder (1959) DVD, Not Rated, 2 hrs.
Starring: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, and George C. Scott. Directed by: Otto Preminger.
Synopsis: Small-town lawyer (Stewart) defends a jealous army lieutenant (Gazzara) against charges of the murder of his wifeís rapist.

ÖAnd Justice for All (1979) DVD, Rated R, 1 hr. 59 min.
Starring: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe and Lee Strasberg.
Directed by: Norman Jewison.
Synopsis: Arthur Kirkland (Pacino) defends distinguished but guilty judge (Forsythe) on charges of rape and assault.

Erin Brockovich (2000) DVD, Rated R, 2 hr, 12 min.
Starring: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney and Aaron Eckhart.
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh.
Synopsis: Down on her luck single mother gets a job in a law firm and helps her boss (Finney) take on a giant corporation.

A Few Good Men (1992) DVD, Rated R, 2 hr. 18 min.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon.
Directed by: Rob Reiner.
Synopsis: Impetuous Navy lawyer (Cruise) teams with idealistic litigator (Moore) to defend two Marines against murder charges.

Inherit the Wind (1960) DVD, Not Rated, 2 hrs. 8 min.
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Frederic March and Gene Kelly.
Directed by: Stanley Kramer.
Synopsis: Attorney Henry Drummond (Tracy) battles fundamentalist leader Matthew Harrison Brady (March) in small Tennessee town over teaching evolution in schools.

Liar Liar (1997) DVD, Rated PG-13, 1 hr. 27 min.
Starring: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Jennifer Tilly, Swoosie Kurtz, Amanda Donohoe and Cary Elwes.
Directed by: Tom Shadyac.
Synopsis: Fletcher Reede, a fast-talking attorney who is also a habitual liar, is forced by his sonís birthday wish to tell the truth for 24 hours.

A Man for All Seasons (1966) DVD, Rated G, 2 hrs.
Starring: Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw and Orson Welles.
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann.
Synopsis: King Henry VIII (Shaw) asks devout friend Thomas More (Scofield) to reject Catholicism and support the establishment of a new church so that the King can divorce his wife.

My Cousin Vinny (1992) DVD, Rated R, 2 hrs.
Starring: Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio and Marisa Tomei.
Directed by: Jonathan Lynn.
Synopsis: Personal injury attorney Vinny Gambini defends his cousin (Macchio) and friend against murder charges in Alabama though he has never taken a case to trial.

Paper Chase (1973) DVD, Rated PG, 1 hr. 52 min.
Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner and John Houseman.
Directed by: James Bridges.
Synopsis: Hard-working first-year law student James T. Hart (Bottoms) struggles to impress brilliant professor (Houseman) as he is also dating his professorís daughter (Wagner).

Reversal of Fortune (1990) DVD, Rated R, 1 hr. 52 min.
Starring: Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons and Ron Silver.
Directed by: Barbet Schroeder.
Synopsis: Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz (Silver) attempts to overturn the two convictions of Claus von Bulow (Irons) for the attempted murder of wealthy but brain-dead wife (Close).

Twelve Angry Men (1957) DVD, Not Rated, 1 hr 36 min.
Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, and E.G. Marshall.
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Synopsis: Juror #8 (Fonda) tries to persuade eleven other jurors that a teenager accused of murder is actually innocent.

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