All Seattle University Law School Alumni may use the Library. Services include:

  • Seattle University Law Library Catalog
  • In-house use of audio-visual equipment
  • In-house use of non-restricted electronic databases
  • In-house use of library materials
  • E-mail Reference services

Alumni who purchase a borrowing membership have access to additional services including:

  • Borrowing of up to five titles at a time (see our Alumni Circulation policy for more details)
  • Loan periods of 30 days

Alumni have no access to:

  • Document delivery
  • In-house printing
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Restricted databases, such as Westlaw and Lexis

Alumni Borrowing Memberships

Alumni borrowing memberships cost $25, and entitle the holder to one year of borrowing privileges at the Library. The fee is nonrefundable. Borrowers must agree to abide by all the rules and regulations established by the Library; must agree to pay for or replace any item issued to the borrower that is lost or damaged; and must agree to pay any and all overdue fines. The Library reserves the right to terminate the borrowing membership if the borrower does not abide by the rules and regulations established by the Library.

Borrowers will receive a membership card. This card must be used to check-out books.

Alumni borrowers must fill out an alumni borrower form and bring this form, with a check for $25 payable to Seattle University, to the Circulation Desk. Alternatively, the completed form and check may be mailed to Seattle University Law Library/Alumni Services, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-1090.

Circulation Policy

The Library has a wide variety of materials available. The majority of items in the collection (case reporters, statutes, periodicals, looseleaf services, etc.) may not be checked-out. The policies for each type of material are enumerated below.

Overdue notices will be mailed to the address provided on the alumni borrowing membership form. If books are not returned or fines are not paid within 1 month of the overdue notice, the alumni borrowing membership will be suspended until all books are returned and the fines paid.

Treatises are texts which provide substantial treatment and analysis of a broad area of law. The treatises in the Library are generally shelved on the 3rd and 4th floors. To determine if a treatise can be checked-out, look at the listing for that book in the catalog. If under status it says “not checked-out” the book may be checked-out. If under status it says “lib use only,” the book may not leave the Library.

  • Circulation period: 30 days
  • No renewals
  • Fine: 50 cents per volume, per day

Reserve materials, located on the 2nd floor of the Library, include study aids, videotapes, faculty course reserves, practice aids (Washington Practice Series, Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, deskbooks and court rules), multi-volume works, looseleaf services, Restatements and formbooks.

The catalog indicates whether reserve material is located in reserve. Reserve materials are not to be taken from the Library.

  • Circulation Period: 2 hours
  • One renewal for an additional 2 hours allowed if no one is waiting for the book
  • Fine: 25 cents per hour per volume for the first four hours; $1 per hour per volume thereafter

Alumni may not borrow reserve materials overnight.

Research stations for those without laptop computers are located in the reserve area. They may be used to access the Library’s research databases and for Internet legal research. Research sessions should be limited to 30 minutes to allow others an opportunity to use the stations.

The Ready Reference area (wooden shelving directly behind the Reference Desk) contains general reference material, including indexes, directories and dictionaries. Use of those materials is limited to the reference area.

The Reference Stacks area, located on the 2nd floor behind the Reference Desk, contains Washington primary materials, federal materials, Amjur, CJS, state codes, and superseded Washington materials. Materials located in this area will have a catalog designation of “reference.” Records for some items may also indicate a stack number location.

  • Circulation: Reference materials are for Library use only and do not circulate

The Micromedia Room (Room 204 in Open Reserve) houses the Library’s collection of microforms (microfiche and microfilm). Microform holdings include international, federal, and state materials, bar journals, briefs from the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington State Supreme Court, the Washington Appellate Court, and much more.

Microform materials are listed in the catalog as located in “micromedia.” The Microform Collection Guide in Room 204 organizes this collection by title and author and further indicates the cabinet drawer and tray in which a specific title may be found.

  • Circulation: Microforms may only be used in the Library
  • Microform reader/printers are available in Room 204
  • Printouts cost $0.10 per copy. Payment is made at the Circulation Desk

Alumni Borrowing

Fill out our alumni borrowing form to borrow up to 5 books for 30 days.

Library Regulations

The Library is run on an honor system. Please handle materials with care and be thoughtful of other library users. Do not remove materials from the Library unless you have checked them out. The Library reserves the right to amend its regulations by publication and posting.