Spring 2021 FAQ

“Yes, We’re Open!” and Other Q’s and A’s About the Legal Research Center

Q: Is the LRC open and have the hours changed?

A: Yes! The Legal Research Center is open Sunday - Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Q: Can I just come in and sit down anywhere?

A: Yes, BUT we ask you to please continue to use our reservation system to check in when arriving at your seat.This is required even if the library looks empty.

You may book up to 4 hours of study time per day, with no weekly limit.

This is not just for statistical purposes but also to facilitate contact tracing, should it need to be implemented. You should have already received an email with step-by-step instructions on how to do this with screenshots. Here’s a quick refresher:

  1. To book a seat, click 'Reserve,' which will bring you to a new page.
  2. Select 'Legal Research Center' from the 'Location' drop-down at the top, and the rest will be auto-filled for you.
  3. On the next page, choose your desired seat and time.
  4. Once you have done so, scroll to the bottom of the page and click 'Submit Times.'
  5. You will see your booking details, then click 'Continue.'
  6. Fill out the form with your contact information and click 'Submit My Booking.'
  7. You will receive an email receipt confirming your reservation. Please click the confirmation link in your email within one hour or you will lose the booking.

If you have any questions about the reservation system or are having difficulty using it, please email us at lawlib@drexel.edu.

Q: How do I get reference or research help?

A: Research assistance will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. via our online chat service. You can also contact the online reference desk via text message at 267.310.2754.

Q: Can I still check out books? How about browsing the collection?

A: Yes and No. You may now check out books from the general collection, the Career & Practice collection, the Leisure collection, and some Journals. While we are discouraging browsing on your own, please ask for assistance and we will be happy to retrieve materials for you.

Remember, you also have access to our e-books through our online databases linked from our website, and we have outlined how you may go about accessing some materials in both our Course Reserves library guide (password: Drexel) and our LRC Online Services library guide.

Q: What about course reserve items?

A: We will be making course reserve materials available for two hours, as they usually are, for in-house use only, and sanitizing items between uses. Any items loaned outside the premises will be quarantined for 48 hours upon return before recirculation.

You also have access to our e-books through our online databases linked from our website, and we have outlined how you may go about accessing some materials in both our Course Reserves library guide (password: Drexel) and our LRC Online Services library guide.

Q: How do I request a book? How does contactless pickup work?

A: You can place a request for an item through Dragonsearch (https://www.library.drexel.edu/). We will place the item in a shipping envelope on the hold shelf in the Course Reserves room within 1-2 business days of the request and notify you by email that the item is ready for pickup. Please come to the circulation desk and verbally tell our staff your name and Drexel username, and we will check it out to you digitally. Our circulation staff will then slide the item under the plexiglass partition for you to retrieve it. You may also request curbside pickup.

Q: Are returned books being quarantined? For how long?

A: Yes! Please return items to our book return cart outside the Legal Research Center entrance. Returned items will be place on a cart and moved to a closed office for a 48-hour quarantine. Following quarantine, the books will be available for requested checkout again.

Q: Can I borrow books from other libraries? What about articles?

A: Books - Yes, but please remember that many lending libraries have restricted lending themselves. Book chapter requests are more likely to be fulfilled.

Articles and book chapters - Yes, but please allow some extra time (2-3 weeks) for your requests because lending libraries often have increased processing times due to COVID-19.

If you have questions about an ILL item you have checked out or would like to obtain, please contact Margaret at mpd86@drexel.edu.

Q: Can I still print things?

A: Yes! You may use both multi-function printers located in the law annex and outside the copy room door. The Lexis printers will also soon be available again. Please note that only three people may line up at each printer at a time, and there are signs on the floor denoting where you may stand to be mindful of physical distancing.

We are also doubling the print credit available to you to $20 this semester as a pandemic-related courtesy.

Q: How can I access the Bluebook?

A: The LRC has 60-day access keys for the Bluebook Online. If you would like online access to the Bluebook, please email Joan Mazuchowski (jgm26@drexel.edu).

Q: How do I create a CALI account?

A: Go to the CALI login page and use the code found on the Course Reserves library guide (password: Drexel).