The Catholic University of America

Rules for Library Use & Visitor Guidelines


The following rules are intended to ensure that the library retains a quiet, pleasant, and clean study environment. Abiding by these rules and regulations will also ensure that all material in the library is accessible. The full cooperation of all library users is required to achieve these goals.

  • Verbal or physical conduct that creates an intimidating or offensive work environment for other patrons or staff is not permitted. See CUA policies at
  • Verbal or physical conduct that interferes with a library employee's ability to perform his/her job is not permitted.
  • Law Library computers and wireless network may not be used for viewing, sending or making available offensive or explicit materials. This includes materials which would tend to create a hostile environment. See CUA policies at
  • Law Library computing resources may not be used for personal commercial purposes.
  • Quiet should be maintained in the Law Library’s reading rooms. Extended discussions and personal conversations belong outside the library.
  • Cell phones may not be used in the library reading rooms. Cell phones may be used in the main floor hallway between circulation and reference. Please turn off your cell phones while you are in the library.
  • Laptop computers may be used anywhere in the library except in the carrels adjacent to the Clark Reading Room on Floor 3 and in the Clark Reading Room. Please turn off your laptop sound while in the library.
  • The Law Library is not responsible for materials left unattended. Do not leave personal belongings unattended at any time. Personal belongings may not be kept on carrels or tables overnight.
    • The library does not allow patrons to "claim" a spot in the library by leaving materials overnight on carrels or tables.
    • Materials left overnight are collected prior to opening each morning.
  • Food is prohibited at all times. Beverages are permitted in closed containers only.
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco are prohibited at all times.
  • The staff of the library has taken steps to ensure that only Catholic University faculty, students, and other authorized users are admitted to the law library. Since not every staff member can be expected to know every student by sight, students should be prepared to produce their CUA I.D. cards when requested.
  • Visitors to the Law Library must abide by the DuFour Law Library Visitor Guidelines.
  • The Law Library's privacy policy is here.