Library Services


Circulation Services
Please call us at (239) 687-5500.

Circulating Materials
Law Library materials may be used by the public while they are in the library building. Members of the Ave Maria School of Law community may borrow circulating materials. As a research library, most of the collection is non-circulating. However, most monographs and treatises may be checked out for a four-week period. Reserve materials may be checked out for four hours. DVDs and BlueRay disks may be borrowed for three days. Please see the Circulation Desk attendant for more information.

Non-Circulating Materials
Non-circulating materials must be used in the library and cannot be checked out at any time. Materials that do not circulate include reference materials, microforms, microfilm, loose-leaf materials, rare books, periodicals, newsletters, volumes from multi-volume sets, codes, regulations, and reporters.

Laptop Computers
Members of the Ave Maria School of Law community may check out laptop computers from the Circulation Desk Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm. Laptops may be borrowed for three days.

Renewals
Members of the Ave Maria School of Law community may renew circulating materials if no holds are pending.  Contact us (circulation@avemarialaw.edu) to request a renewal.

Holds
Members of the Ave Maria School of Law community may place holds on any materials that are currently charged out to another patron. Hold requests may be made by e-mailing us (circulation@avemarialaw.edu) or by accessing "My Millennium" in the Aquinas online catalog.

Recalls
All library materials are subject to recall. Members of the Ave Maria School of Law community may make recall requests by emailing  circulation@avemarialaw.edu for any materials needed immediately.

Fines
All circulating materials are subject to the following fines for damaged books, late returns and lost items:

  • Four-week materials $1.00/day
  • 4-Hour Reserve $1.00/hour
  • DVD and VHS $1.00/day
  • Lost materials or books not returned after two recalls: Cost of the book plus a $25 processing fee
All library fines must be paid in full through Student Accounts by the end of each semester and before graduation.

The Ave Maria School of Law Library supports the research and academic endeavors of Ave Maria Law School's students. Please see General Library Information and related policies in that section of the website for more information. To access specific library resources, please browse topics under Legal Research.

The Law Library provides a variety of services designed to meet the research and teaching needs of the Law School faculty. To ensure that the Law Library's print and electronic resources, as well as the talents of its staff, are fully available to you, other sections of our website briefly describe the Law Library, its collection, policies and services. Should you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us at librarian@avemarialaw.edu or (239) 687-5504.

The library locates, for Law School faculty and students, materials that either are not a part of this Library's collection, or are not readily available. The staff borrows these requested materials from other public, private and university libraries. Should you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us at librarian@avemarialaw.edu or (239) 687-5504.

Interlibrary Loan Request Form




Using photos, posters, magazines, books, DVDs, or other items of topical interest, the Law Library display case generally is changed on a monthly basis.  Located in the front hall near the front desk, displays are arranged to feature topics of reoccurring interest—such as the Annual March for Life, Black History Month or Martin Luther King Day—or a display may be about a matter of current interest to the Ave Maria Law School students and faculty. 

May 2012 Display :  History of AMS
May 2012 Display : History of AMSL

April 2012 display:  Stewardship and Care of Nature & Earth
April 2012 display: Stewardship and Care of Nature & Earth