Library Reopening - Reserving a Seat FAQs

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What health and safety measures are in place at the law library?

The global COVID-19 pandemic requires that we take extraordinary steps to keep ourselves, our campus, and our community safe. The Law Library has enacted the following health and safety measures:

  • All users agree to the UConn Promise.  The Law Library reserves the right to report any noncompliance to Law School Administration.
  • All users are required to wear a face covering in all Law Library spaces.
  • Furniture placement in the Law Library is based on recommended physical distancing guidelines.  Furniture may not be moved.
  • Individual seats in the Law Library are available by reservation only.  For more details and to make a reservation, please click here.
  • In addition to normal cleaning, custodians will focus on cleaning high-touch surfaces. All users are encouraged to clean the area they have reserved both before and after their reservation time.  Cleaning supplies will be made available at the elevator lobbies.  
  • The book stacks are closed.  We encourage all users to borrow materials via our Library2Go service.

Who may access the law library?

Any current UConn Law student, faculty, or staff member may enter the Law Library using their UConn ID.  Students interested in using the Law Library for individual study must request a seat reservation.  Group study is not allowed. 

Undergraduate and other non-law students looking for a place to study may make an appointment at one of the other campus libraries.

UConn has offered guidance on access and use of its campus facilities and resources by non-university third party entities.  Visit COVID-19 Campus Operations for more details

What do I do if I don’t have a UConn ID card? 

Visitors will need a UConn ID card to enter the Law Library building. Students, faculty, and staff who do not have an ID card should contact the OneCard Office.

How do I reserve a space?

We have created a step-by-step instruction guide on how to reserve a seat in the Law Library. Please note that students will need a NetID to reserve a space.  If you do not remember your NetID, please visit netid.uconn.edu.

I have a seat reservation.  What should I expect when I get to the Law Library?

For contact tracing purposes, we ask that all students scan the QR code at their reserved location upon claiming and leaving the space

Where can I sit if I need a quiet study space?

Because of physical distancing guidelines, we anticipate that most, if not all, of our Law Library spaces will be quiet.  The 1st floor of the library remains our silent floor.

Will I have access to printing in the library?

  • Students will be able to print using their UConn ID cards at HuskyPrint stations throughout the library:
    • Library main entrance: B&W Printer
    • 3rd Floor Connecticut Room: B&W and Color Printer
    • 2nd Floor Elevator Lobby: B&W Printers
  • The Lexis printers have been separated and moved, and can now be found in these locations:
    • 3rd Floor Connecticut Room
    • 2nd Floor Elevator Lobby
  • Instructions for printing to HuskyPrint printers are available here.

Is the computer lab open?

6 PCs and one Mac are available for reservation using the library’s seat reservation system.  The computer lab is for quiet individual work and is not available for group study. Students will need to log in to lab computers with a customized login password.  (The computer login is different from your University NetID.) If you do not have your login information, please contact the help desk at 860-570-5158 or lawhelpdesk@uconn.edu.

Can I visit the LawITS Help Desk in person?

All requests for computer and technical support should still be submitted via email (lawhelpdesk@uconn.edu) or phone (860-570-5158). A help desk technician will work with you to determine whether an in-person appointment is necessary.

Why are the stacks closed? What do I do if I need a book?

The REALM project and the State of Connecticut guidelines have directed how we handle library materials.  To support the research efforts and course-related activities of the UConn Law School community, all print materials that are not currently checked out and can be circulated are eligible for request via the Library2Go service.  All Library2Go requests are subject to the University Library's fair use and copyright policies.

Why are study rooms, the Café, student organization space, and classrooms unavailable?

Plans regarding furniture placement and space use are based on prioritizing safety and health.  In compliance with guidance from public health officials and the University of Connecticut, we are offering a limited number of carrels and tables for individual study space.  A limited number of seats are available for reservation in the computer lab.  We continue to strive to provide library services while carefully monitoring our changing environment and adapting our service models as needed.

How can I obtain copies of library materials?

Scans of print material can be requested through Library2Go Digital Paging.  

How can I receive reference and research assistance?

Reference and research assistance continues to be offered virtually through our Ask a Librarian service.

Do I need a parking permit?

Yes, University parking policies have remained unchanged. More details can be found on the Visitor Parking page.

I have a different question, who do I contact?

Please contact lawlibrary@uconn.edu and a staff member will direct you to the correct department.

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Jessica Panella
Head of Access and Administrative Services,UConn Law

As Head of Access Services, Jessica oversees the day-to-day operations of the Access Services Department which includes the main desk, reserve operations, building, stacks and continuations management as well as document delivery/interlibrary loan operations. Jessica holds a B.A. from UConn and a M.L.I.S from Drexel University.