Library Services

“The Law Library is a Teaching & Learning Center”

Library Services

The library at Ave Maria School of Law is dedicated to serving the needs of the law school community. Students and faculty will find support for their academic endeavors through the depth of the library’s collection, access to a vast array of electronic resources, and support from dedicated staff.

Circulation 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.

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

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 ( or by accessing “My Millennium” in the Aquinas online catalog.

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

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.

Student Services

Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the resources available to them through the Ave Maria School of Law library. Library staff are dedicated to ensuring that students learn how to conduct research utilizing both print and electronic tools. Students may seek individual assistance or attend one of the information sessions which are designed to make students aware of the rich resources available to them.

In addition, the library offers students a place for quiet study. Well-lit tables in the main reading room, study carrels, comfortable soft seating, and group study rooms provide students with many options. The library also hosts a computer lab which can be used to provide instruction on legal research sources and techniques.

Faculty Services

The Law Library provides a variety of services designed to meet the research and teaching needs of the Law School faculty. The law librarians provide updates on research interests, court holdings and noteworthy cases through a variety of current awareness services. These services include publishing the library’s monthly Recent Acquisitions List, distributing the electronic version of the weekly Current Index to Legal Periodicals, subscribing to Westlaw’s and Lexis’s clipping services and generally keeping faculty and staff informed of developments published through various media outlets. Interested persons should contact the Library Director if they would like to participate in these current awareness services. In addition, faculty should direct requests for book purchases as well as any other particular resources or services necessary to support research activities to the Library Director.

Interlibrary Loan

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 or (239) 687-5504.

Document Delivery Service

AMSL Library Doc Delivery is a service which provides copies of known statutes, regulations, cases, law review articles and textbook citations from our collection. Documents can be delivered via standard mail (plus postage), fax, email or made available for pick up at the Library. Orders are accepted for known citations only. There is a limit of 10 citation requests per day per person. Orders placed after 4:00pm may not be available until the next business day. An invoice will be sent electronically. Payment can be made by check (make payable to Ave Maria School of Law) via mail or cash or Credit Card (in-person only).

Pricing Schedule

Fee per citation from electronic sources not requiring copying, printing and/or scanning (email delivery only):

$20.00 per citation for subscribers
$25.00 per citation for non-subscribers
50 page limit but attachments are limited to 10 MBs or your own email service’s capacity. Larger items may be sent in parts.

Rush Service (within 90 minutes) $50.00

Fee per citation from paper sources requiring copying and/or scanning or electronic sources requiring printing (email or fax delivery):

$20.00 per citation for subscribers
$25.00 per citation for non-subscribers
.20 cents per page over 20 pages, limit of 50 pages per citation

Rush Service (within 120 minutes) $50.00

To Place An Order

Orders may be placed via email, telephone, fax or in-person.

Phone: (239) 687-5500
Fax: (239) 353-3172