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Library Services for Faculty and Staff

Information for UW Law Faculty and Staff about the services we offer.

Accessing Your Library Account

You can tell what you have checked out, when it is due, and renew materials by logging into your library account, which is linked to on the library's front page:


Log in with your NetID. Let us know (lawref@uw.edu; 34086) if you're having any trouble.

Renewing Materials

You can renew the books that are checked out to you via your library account (see above), or by contacting us at the Info Desk in person, by email (lawref@uw.edu), or over the phone (206.543.4086). Overdue materials need to come back to us in person before we can renew them. 

Fines and Fees

Overdue fines: the law library does not charge daily overdue fines for law library materials. UW Libraries does not charge overdue fines for renewable items. Materials that cannot be renewed:

  • Books more than 21 days overdue ("lost")

  • Books that have been requested by another user

  • Summit items

  • Interlibrary loan items

Materials that incur daily overdue fines:

  • UW Libraries books that have been requested by another user

  • Summit items

  • Interlibrary loan items

Lost item fees: If an item becomes more than 21 days overdue, you will be billed for the the item (typically a $150 fee, which is refundable upon return) as well as being charged a $30 non-refundable lost item processing fee. 

Disputing Fines & Fees

The Law Library cannot overturn a fine or fee you have accrued on your library account. To appeal a charge on your account due to error or special circumstance, see the UW Library Appeal of Library Charges page. 

Lost or Damaged Law Books

Law faculty and staff who lose or damage a book, contact Marissa Rydzewski (rydzew@uw.edu; 37747). 

Requesting Books

Any time your research requires books, the library is ready to help locate and request them for you: lawref@uw.edu; 36794.

If you prefer to search the Law Library Catalog and request delivery yourself, simply copy and paste the information about the book you want and email it to us. Staff will retrieve it, check it out to you, and deliver it to your mailbox.

Returning Books

Please return library items to any book drop located on a UW Seattle, Bothell, or Tacoma campus. All UW Libraries book returns can be found here

Gallagher Law Library has five book drops: 

  • Two at the Info Desk (one inside the library & one outside the library entrance)
  • At the entrance of the law school facing Memorial Way
  • At the back entrance of the law school on 15th Ave