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University at Buffalo Libraries

Charles B. Sears Law Library SUNY Buffalo Law School

Policies regarding Law Library Facilities and their Use


Cell Phones and Mobile Devices

Cell phone and mobile device use that produces sound is prohibited throughout the Law Library (the exception is noise from typing on the keyboard of a mobile device). All cell phone and mobile device activity must be silent, therefore, library users are expected to place their mobile devices on silent mode while in the Law Library.


Law Library Food and Drink Policy

Food and beverages are allowed in the Law Library subject to the following restrictions:

  • No "messy" foods are allowed. This includes pizza, chicken wings and ice-cream.
  • Beverage containers must have lids.

Please remember to discard any refuse and to clean up after yourself.


Bicycles, Skateboards, Etc.

Bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, etc. are prohibited in the Law Library.

See also: Student Code of Conduct.


Library Exhibition Policies

The Law Library display cases are available to members of the Law School community (law student organizations, faculty and librarians) for law-related exhibits. Space is available as provided in the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights, Sec. 6 which reads: "Libraries which make exhibit spaces ... available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use."

Requests for exhibit space should be directed to Christine Anne George. Requests will be handled in the order received and on a space available basis. Exhibits will be limited to a duration of three weeks.


Lost and Found Items

Most items found in the Law Library are placed in the Lost and Found drawer at the Circulation Desk for identification by their owner. Valuable items, such as wallets or jewelry, are usually locked up in the Law Library's administrative office. Items not claimed are sent to University Police (645-2227), who maintains the University's official Lost and Found location. Their business hours are 8:00am - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.