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Week of April 21, 2008

Sixth Floor Closing for Light Renovations

You've probably noticed that the building has been getting a light fixture renovation over the course of this semester.  Now, it's the Library's turn!  Building Maintenance will start changing the lights on Saturday, April 12th. While the new fixtures are being installed, the 6th floor will be closed since all the power to the ceiling will be turned off.  We hope that the installation will be completed by Monday, April 21st.

If you need materials from the 6th floor while it is closed, please contact a member of the library staff who will retrieve the material for you.

The rest of the Library will undergo renovations after finals.

Restricted Access for Finals Period

RESTRICTED ACCESS at the Downtown Campus Library
Begins: Friday, May 2
Ends: Friday, May 16

During this period, use of the Library will be restricted to students, faculty, & staff of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Everyone will be required to show an ID at the entrance. IIT students may obtain a special wristband that may be used instead of an ID...show your ID & ask for a wristband! Circulation staff will place one on the wrist of your choice. After that, you need only to show your wrist to gain admittance...no digging through bags, pleading with staff, or waiting in line!


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.


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.

Featured Resource: World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII)

The World Legal Information Institute is a free, non-profit, and independent Website developed as part of a collaboration among regional Legal Information Institutes.  Currently, WorldLII contains almost 900 databases of statutes, regulations, and case law from over 120 countries and territories.  It also provides links to its sister sites, covering specific regions of the world, such as southern Africa (SAFLII), the United Kingdom and Ireland (BAILII), or Canada (CanLII).  For some regions, secondary legal authority, such as access to law reviews and other periodicals is available. 

Coverage ranges from relatively recent additions (such as cases from the East African Court of Justice from 2006-present) to materials from the 19th Century (e.g., Ghana Land Law Decisions from 1872).  Not every country is covered, and how much and what type of material is available varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  Additionally, material is not limited to laws and cases from the national level.  For instance, case law and legislation is available from Canadian provinces, Australian states, Indian states, Chinese provinces and other subnational authorities.  In some cases, treaties among nations in a particular region are also available.  While the majority of the material available via WorldLII tends to originate in common law jurisdictions, the amount available from civil law, Islamic law, and mixed-law jurisdictions is ever-increasing.   

And don’t forget the site that started it all, Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute, which has perhaps the best free electronic version of the United States Code.


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.

Westlaw Summer Password Extension Policy-Summer 2008

Students who are taking Summer classes, working on law review projects, working for a professor, studying for the bar, or working in a non-profit, public interest internship or other pro bono work that is required for graduation may register for Summer access.  If your Summer activities include any of the above, then you can register online for Summer access to Westlaw and TWEN. Just sign on to Westlaw as usual, then look for the big link in the middle of the page that says, "Extend your Westlaw password this Summer."  

If your plans don't fit neatly into one of those categories and you need Westlaw access, please contact our Westlaw representative, Stacey Acquavella at: stacey.acquavella@thomson.com


 

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