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1L Survival Guide: Circulation Policy

This LibGuide is designed to help first year law students as they begin their legal education.

Circulation Policy

To check out library materials you will need your Oklahoma City University ID or a picture ID.  

4 Week Checkouts to Law Students

Students may check out circulating materials from the Native American Collection and the Oklahoma CLE collection for 4 weeks.  You may renew non-overdue materials for an additional four weeks up to three times, through the catalog, in person, or by calling the Circulation Desk at 405-208-5561.  All items are subject to recall before the end of the check-out period if urgently needed by a professor.

2-Hour Reserve

Reserve Items can be checked out for 2 hours.  Permanent Reserve and Course Reserve items are checked out for “Library Use Only” and may not leave the building.  These items are available at the Circulation Desk.


Requesting a hold places the patron next in line to receive material that has been checked out.  When the book is returned, the patron will be notified, and they may pick it up at the circulation desk.


Honor Code

Honor Code Violations

Removing materials from the law library without first checking them out, hiding, mutilating materials, or otherwise depriving others of their use is grounds for disciplinary action under the Student Conduct Code, Article 2.01(g) and/or CRIMINAL PROSECUTION under 21 O.S. Sec. 1739 (1991).  Students found guilty of honor code violations will be subject to expulsion from the Law School.

Demerits Policy

No More Overdue Fines!

The Chickasaw Nation Law Library no longer charges fines for overdue materials!  Law students, alumni, and attorneys will accrue demerits instead of fines.

What are demerits?

Demerits are a point system used by the library to promote considerate use of library materials and to ensure the availability of resources.  Patrons with overdue materials will accrue demerits based on item type.  Below is an accrual chart for law students, alumni, and local attorneys.

Item Type Loan Period Accrual Time until suspension
Course Reserve 2 hours 2/hour 30 hours
Permanent  Reserve 2 hours 2/hour 30 hours
24 hour Reserve 24 hours 1/hour 60 hours
Study Aids 2 hours 2/hour 30 hours
DVD 3 days 5/day 12 days
Video 2 hours 2/hour 15 hours
General Collection 21 days 1/day 60 days
Recalled items*   5/Day 12 days

*Recalled items must be returned within 48 hours of notification.

Accrual rates are per item; all item totals are added together.

Borrowing privileges will be temporarily suspended for a period of 4 days once 60 demerits have accrued.  While the suspension is in place, the patron will be blocked from both checking out new materials and renewing currently checked out materials.

How do I know how many demerits I have?

Patrons can log in to the Catalog using your B number and last name. Click the "Patron Account" tab to view a list of demerits. You may also visit the circulation desk to speak to a library staff member about your account.

Email overdue notices

Library notices will be emailed to patrons each day.  Law students will be notified via their official Oklahoma City University email account. Alumni and local attorneys will be notified via the email address on record.

How to avoid demerits

The simplest way to avoid accruing demerits is to return library materials on or before the due date. If you need materials longer than your original due date, you may request a renewal.  To request a renewal, law students may log in to the Catalog using their B number and last name. Click the "Patron Account" tab to view a list of materials currently charged to your account and their due dates.  Select the item you would like to renew and click "Renew items."  You may also call the circulation desk at 405-208-5271 for a renewal request.

Lost Books

When an item is overdue for over 30 days the item is marked as “LOST.”  In addition to accumulating demerits, the patron is charged the current cost of the book as determined by library staff.  The patron is also charged a lost item processing fee of $25.  If the item is returned, the patron is only responsible for paying the lost item penalty.


If you have a question about demerits or if you have been suspended but wish special circumstances to be taken into account, contact a circulation or reference librarian.

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