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Week of February 25, 2008

A Reminder About Security in the Library!

Just a reminder from the Library staff to please protect your valuables while studying. Most thefts of personal property in public places are usually the result of an opportunity the victim gives the offender...like leaving your stuff unattended. Eliminate the opportunity, and you can eliminate the crime!

If you see someone acting suspiciously in the Library, please alert the Library staff or Security.


Pardon the Noise on the 8th Floor

Library staff will be shifting materials on the 8th floor during the months of January, February & March 2008. Most of the work will take place in the afternoons and evenings. Some of the shelving adjustments will require us to make some noise. If you require a quiet place to study, you may want to choose one of the Library’s other floors during this time.


Spring Library Hours

Library Hours (January 22):

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

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.

Restatements of the Law

Restatements of the Law are scholarly clarifications of black-letter law written by prominent legal scholars that cover broad topics, such as property or torts. Before they are published, though, a restatement must be formally adopted by the American Law Institute (ALI). ALI's aim is to create restatements that are "clear formulations of common law and its statutory elements or variations and reflect the law as it presently stands or might plausibly be stated by a court." Since restatements describe the law as it is, they can be distinguished from model laws that describe what the law should be. Because of the intense review of scholarship that a restatement undergoes, many American courts consider restatements as persuasive authorities, even though they are secondary sources.

Drafts of the new series (or versions) of restatements are published in a soft-cover format. Drafts may be called discussion, council, tentative, preliminary, or proposed final drafts, depending on where the drafts are in the adoption process and how substantial the changes will be to the restatement. Once a restatement has been adopted, it is updated by cumulative annual supplements, interim case citation pamphlets, and pocket parts.

Restatements are available at the IIT Downtown Campus Library in print; the current versions are in the 10th floor reserve collection. They are available electronically through the Library's subscription to HeinOnline's American Law Institute Library (available to students remotely through the proxy server). Law students may also access restatements through Westlaw & LexisNexis. Law students may Shepardize restatements in LexisNexis.


General Library Policies

Library Rules

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

Guard Your Valuables

Please guard your valuables when using the library! Recently, two wallets were reportedly taken out of student backpacks which were left unattended.  Thefts of this nature are usually the result of an opportunity the victim gives the offender.  Eliminate the opportunity, and you can eliminate the crime!  Please protect your valuables.

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. Don’t block pathways with your laptop cord (plug it in under your table). Erase the whiteboard/chalkboard in your study room when you leave. Don’t 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 don’t 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 “hide” 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 “Emergency Heat” 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.

 

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