Borrowing Privileges

The University of San Diego Legal Research Center serves the law school, the university and the community as a legal research facility. Most of the collection, such as reference materials, multi-volume sets, serials (including statutes and reporters), tax materials, periodicals, looseleafs, and microforms, does not circulate.

Patrons are welcome to use these materials in the library. In order to check out materials, patrons must present a current USD Torero ID card. Members of the California bar must present a California bar identification card and a business card with a San Diego address. Visitor cards will be issued for these patrons. The visitor card will remain active for one year and may be reactivated upon presentation of the bar and business cards. USD IDs and visitor cards may only be used by the person to whom they are issued; no one else may check out materials on their behalf.

Reserve materials may be checked out for use outside the reserve room for three hours and may be renewed if no holds have been placed.

You may renew all library materials including reserve materials by visiting the library catalog, logging into your MySandiego account in the top right.

Patrons may request that library materials be held at the circulation desk if the items are currently available in the stacks or checked out to another patron. To request a hold, find the item in the online catalog and click on the "Request" button. You will be prompted to log in to your MySandiego account. Your request will be processed in 1-3 days (not including weekends and holidays). You will be notified by email when the item is available for pickup. You can pick up your materials at the circulation desk. If we are unable to fulfill your hold request or your hold request is canceled, you can also request the items through the San Diego Circuit or interlibrary loan.

You have 7 days to pick up your materials. After that, the materials will be returned to the shelves or circulate to the next patron.

Borrowing Privileges

Type  Circulating Material Check-Out Circulating Material Renewal Reserve Material Check-Out Reserve Material Renewal Non-Circulating Material 
Non-Circulating Material Renewal
USD Students 2 weeks twice 3 hours twice no no
USD Faculty & Administrators 4 months yes 2 weeks yes 2 weeks yes
Members of the California Bar 2 weeks twice 3 hours twice no no
USD Staff 2 weeks twice 3 hours twice no no
Circuit Visitors: CSUSM, SDCL, SDSU, UCSD 28 days twice no no no no

Fines Policy

Type  Format Loan Period Renewals Fine Maximum Fine Minimum Replacement Cost* Service Charge
USD Students book, dissertation, thesis, CD, CD-ROM 14 days twice $1.00 a day for 15 days $15.00 $100.00 $30.00
VHS, DVD, DVD-ROM 7 days twice $2.00 a day for/7 days $14.00 $50.00 $30.00
course reserve 3 hours no $5.00 an hour for 10 hours $50.00 $100.00 $30.00
course reserve 24 hours no $5.00 an hour for 10 hours $50.00 $100.00 $30.00
reserve 3 hours twice $5.00 an hour for 10 hours $50.00 $100.00 $30.00
(PC, Mac)
5 hours no $20.00 an hour for 10 hours $200.00 $1,800.00 $200.00
accessory 4 hours twice $5.00 an hour for 10 hours $50.00 $100.00 $30.00
circuit item 28 days twice $1.00 a day for 15 days $15.00 $125.00 $15.00
interlibrary loan item varies varies $1.00 a day for 15 days $15.00 $100.00 $30.00
video camera 4 hours no $20.00 an hour for 10 hours $200.00 $250.00 $30.00
Members of the California Bar book, dissertation, thesis 14 days twice $5.00 a day for 15 days $75.00 $100.00 $30.00
DVD, DVD-ROM, VHS 7 days twice $7.00 a day for 10 days $70.00 $100.00 $30.00
accessory 3 hours twice $5.00 an hour for 10 hours $50.00 $100.00 $30.00

*If the cost to replace the item is higher than the minimum replacement cost, the higher amount will be assessed.

For further information, please contact the circulation desk at (619) 260-4612 or by e-mail at