The Jameson Law Library’s facilities, collection and services are available to students, faculty and staff of the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, and members of the bar, as well as the general public who require access to legal materials.
The Law Library’s primary mission is to serve the students, faculty and staff of the Alexander Blewett III School of Law. Jameson Law Library strives to provide:
- a library environment that is safe and free of disruptive activity,
- access to print and electronic library materials,
- newspapers, journals, documents, and books that are complete and unmarked.
Law Library Use Policies
Behavior that interferes with the appropriate use of the library is not permitted. This includes excessive noise, altercations, theft, vandalism, inappropriate sexual behavior, harassment and violence. Specifically, unpermitted behavior includes, but is not restricted to:
- Removal or attempted removal of library materials, furniture or property without checking them out or without authorization.
- Mutilation of library materials, furniture or equipment by marking, underlining, scratching, removing pages or portions of pages, removing binding, removing electronic-theft detection devices, or in any other way injuring or defacing the library building, library materials, furniture, or equipment.
- Concealing library materials in the library for the exclusive use of an individual or group or for the express purpose of preventing use by others.
- Harassing library staff or users.
- Failing to cooperate with library staff.
- Being in an unauthorized area of the library.
- Remaining in the library when requested to leave at closing, or when requested to leave during emergency situations or drills.
- Having bodily hygiene so offensive as to constitute a nuisance to other.
Cell Phone Use
Food and Drink
Photographs and Filming
To protect the privacy of library users, no photography or filming is allowed in the library. Limited exceptions may be granted by the Dean of the Alexander Blewett III School of Law or the Dean’s designee. Filming or photographing of official law school events is permissible so long as no library users are captured on film without their permission.
Library Use by Minors
Use Privilege Revocation
Interlibrary Loan Policies
The Jameson Law Library offers interlibrary loan (ILL) services only to the current students, faculty and adjunct faculty of the University of Montana School of Law.
The Jameson Law Library will lend only circulating treatises through ILL. Reference works, law reviews, microforms, audio-visual and special collections(Pope room, rare book room, archives, permanent reserves, class reserves)held by the Jameson Law Library will not be loaned through ILL.
All ILL transactions will take place through OCLC. All loaned materials will be checked out to and under the responsibility of an OCLC ILL participating library.
When borrowing materials from other libraries, the Jameson Law Library will:
- Check with the acquisitions librarian to determine whether or not the title should be purchased rather than borrowed.
- Respect any restrictions or limits placed on the use of borrowed materials by the lending library.
- Avoid requesting materials from libraries that routinely charge for ILL services.
- Use LVIS libraries (or other groups that refrain from charging) as lenders whenever possible.
- Replace or repurchase damaged or lost borrowed materials.
When lending materials to other libraries the Jameson Law Library will:
- Make a good faith effort to ensure that end-users are supplied with the materials they need.
- Refrain from charging for postage or ILL services whenever possible.
- Create and email digital copies rather than mailing paper copies whenever it is possible and expedient to do so.
- Allow a four-week circulation period, including mailing time, for all loaned materials regardless of format.
- Allow borrowing libraries to renew materials if there are no holds placed on the materials.
- Respond to requests to loan library materials only when they come through OCLC except in cases where requests come from Montana prisons via the U.S. Postal Service (see the policy for these requests below).
- Expect borrowing libraries to adhere to all applicable copyright laws.
ILL Requests from Montana Prisons
1 Day-29 Days Overdue
- Fines for overdue items = 33 cents per day. When items are returned, fines will be waived until they have reached a total of $10.00 (approximately 30 days). Fines will not be waived for overdue items that have to be recalled for another user.
30 -59 Days Overdue
- When fines reach, $10.00, items are considered lost.
- Patron’s account is blocked and patron will not be able to check-out library materials until overdue items are returned.
- Patron receives a 30-day notice that replacement costs for lost items will be added to their account.Fines are waived and account blocks are lifted if items are returned except fines will not be waived for overdue items that have to be recalled for another user.Only library staff will have the authority to reactivate suspended accounts.60 days overdue
- Replacement cost(s) of $50.00 per item or actual replacement cost, whichever is greater, for lost items are added to patron’s account.
- Accounts may be turned over to Business Services. Business Services will block student Banner accounts, which could result in the inability to graduate, receive financial aid, register and obtain transcripts. Students must see a librarian during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) to remove Banner blocks.
- Business Services may initiate action to recover payment for items, including garnishing student refund checks or turning the account over to a collection agency. Once Business Services initiates action to recover repayment on an account, all fines and fees must be paid to Business Services.
- Items may be replaced. Once an item is replaced it may no longer be returned for forgiveness of fines and fees.
- A second or future instance of a patron having items 60 days or more overdue may result in revocation of check-out privileges.
Lost or Damaged Materials
- All patrons must pay replacement costs of $50 per item or actual replacement cost, whichever is greater, for materials that are lost or damaged to the extent they are no longer useable. Graduating law students must return or pay for all overdue items before graduation day.
Reference Desk: (406) 243-2699