The Garbrecht Law Library Circulation Desk is located outside the main elevator on the third floor of the Law School building. Items in the library collection have limited circulation. Primary law materials, reference, and reserve items may not be removed from the library. The circulation period for other materials is determined by your relationship to the law school.

Borrowing from the Law Library

Visit the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor during circulation desk hours to borrow and return library items. Borrowers should present library cards at time of transactions. All current University of Maine System cards are accepted.

Most Library materials may not leave the law school building, although some items can be checked out to a student’s carrel or a faculty member’s office. Classified treatises are the only materials that can leave the building.

Community Borrowers must first complete a patron registration form at the Circulation Desk to borrow classified treatises.

Borrowed materials are subject to recall at any time.

Loan Rules

University of Maine Law Students

Special Reserve/Current Periodicals

All material is due back at the end of the day on which it is borrowed.
May be checked out for use at a student study carrel.

Course Reserve



May be checked out for use at a student study carrel for 4 weeks.

Reporters, Statutes, Bound Periodicals

May be checked out for use at a student study carrel for a semester.

General Treatises

ONE SEMESTER LOAN: This material may leave the library.

Video Tapes

ONE WEEK LOAN: This material may leave the library.

University of Maine Law Faculty and Staff

Most materials may be checked out for one academic year to an office. Due date is June 1 of every year. General treatises and video recordings are the only materials that may leave the premises. Videotapes may be borrowed for one week. Reference, Course Reserve, Reading Room and Rare Book material may be borrowed for one day.

University of Southern Maine Faculty

General Treatises — ONE SEMESTER LOAN
All other materials must be used in the library.

Students from the University of Maine System

Borrowing privileges using catalog Request function  — FOUR WEEKS with 1 TWO WEEK RENEWAL

Community Borrowers

General Treatises — 4 WEEK LOAN with one (1) renewal.
All other materials must be used in the library.

Community borrowers must provide Maine identification to obtain a library card before borrowing any library materials.


Library cardholders may renew borrowed materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves and materials on which you owe fines. Materials are subject to recall at any time.

  1. Log in to My Library Account.
  2. If not the default view, select “Items currently checked out” to view the materials you have checked out.
  3. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the RENEW column and then click the Renew Selected button. If you want to renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.
  4. If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the “STATUS” column. Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.

Borrowing from other Maine Libraries

When you need material held by another library in Maine, use the   Request hyperlink located on the page in URSUS or the Request This Item hyperlink in MaineCat.

For material not available through URSUS and MaineCat, Garbrecht Law Library provides interlibrary loan service for University of Maine Law School students, faculty, staff and members of the legal community. Borrowing items from outside the URSUS/MaineCat system can take 2-4 weeks to complete, so please allow processing time and plan accordingly.