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Rinn Law Library Remote Access Guide to Digital Resources during DePaul University's COVID-19 Campus Closure

Law Library Guide on access to library services, resources, and other tools to support law school curriculm, research, and study during the COVID-19 campus closure.

Rinn Law Library Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Important Notice about Library Access under the University’s Precautionary Protocols for COVID-19:

Beginning Wednesday, 3/18, the law library will be closed until further notice. During the closure, we will be providing virtual library assistance through the following:


Temporary changes to library services during the COVID-19 closure include:

  • No circulation of certain physical library materials:

COVID-19 can live on surfaces for up to 3 days. This includes books, media and equipment / loanable technology. Unfortunately, books CANNOT be cleaned with disinfectants or other cleaning agents. To do so would damage the materials. In response, the Rinn Law Library will not circulate books or other library materials that cannot be properly disinfected until further notice. Patrons are encouraged to hold on to items for the time being, Once the library reopens we will provide more details on returning items, including for those who have to return items via mail.

  • Extension of loan period on 28 day circulating materials:

Due to the extended closure of library facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will honor all renewal requests, regardless whether they have reached their renewal limits. Renewals will be increased to 112 days and accounts will be updated within 1 business day. For renewals of ILL materials from I-share, we will assist patrons as needed in getting in contact with the institution they borrowed the item from to renew their materials.

  • Suspension of overdue fees incurred on Rinn Law Library materials:

Due to the extended closure of library facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and encouragement of social distancing and shelter-in-place practices; fines for overdue materials assessed during this period, will be waived upon notification of renewal. When items are returned when facilities reopen, as long as materials are returned without any damage, no fees will be assessed to the patron’s account or will be waived. Lost item or damaged replacement fees will still apply for items not returned or are returned damaged after facilities reopen.