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Eckstein Law Library Guide for Marquette Law Students: Access and Circulation Services


Located on the first floor, the Circulation Desk is the place to go for checking out law library materials; borrowing reserve materials or laptops; using the library's binding services; and getting answers to many questions about law library services.  Please scroll the length of this page and discover what the library offers.

The law library area and its collection, except reserve materials, are accessible during all the hours Eckstein Hall is open. Your Marquette Student ID card is used to check out library materials and to use PrintWise (copiers/printers/scanners).  Self-checkout stations (see below) are available on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors.  Materials that will be kept overnight or used away from the general library area must be checked out.  Reserve materials must also be checked out, and are available only during Circulation Desk hours. Certain law library materials do not circulate and are therefore not available for checkout.

Assistance using the law library is available during hours that the Reference and Circulation desks are staffed. 

Circulation Essentials

Reserve Material: The reserve collection consists of material that is in very high demand.  Instructors may request that law library materials (or, in some cases, their own materials) be placed on reserve.  A list of materials, by professor and course, is available by clicking on the Class Reserves link that can be accessed from the Library Resources menu on the law library home page.  The law library’s print reserve material is available at the Circulation Desk.  Law students may borrow this material for periods of 2 hours.  Electronic reserve items, placed on reserve in a digital format, are available through MARQCAT.

Self Check-out: Self check-out stations are located on floors 2, 3 and 4 of the law library.  To operate, scan the barcode from your ID card, then - when prompted - scan the library barcode of the material you wish to borrow.  (Note: the barcode is on a sticker, on either the outside back cover or inside front cover of the material.)  The machine will prompt you to place the material in the desensitizer (the  V-shaped slot).  The final step is to print your receipt.  Always print your receipt, as this logs you out of your account. 

Loan Periods: The law library loans single volume titles to all members of the Marquette University community.  Multi-volume  titles, including treatises, case reporters, statutes, and certain other materials, do not circulate outside the law library.  Law students can check out all circulating books for a two-week period.  Reserve materials are available at the Circulation Desk for a two-hour loan.  Most VHS/DVDs have a three-day loan period. 

Renewals: You may renew material in person, by phone (414-288-7092), or by logging into My Account on MARQCAT if the material is not overdue and has not been placed on hold by another patron. Materials may be renewed three times before they must be returned to the law library. 

Returning and Reshelving Materials: If you have checked out material from the law library, please return it to the Circulation Desk or to the book return in the building lobby before it is due.  Material that has been pulled from a shelf, but not checked out, can be returned to one of the green book return carts located around the law school or to the Circulation Desk. 

Fines and Overdue Materials: Fines are charged for all items that are not returned on time.  Patrons with overdue items may not renew books or check out other materials until the overdue materials are returned and the fines are paid.  Fines must be paid at the Circulation Desk.


Circulation Services

Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL): The law library can obtain materials or request photocopies of materials from other libraries. There is no charge to law students for requests related to academic research.  Please ask at the Circulation Desk if your request relates to a project for an outside employer.  Please note that most ILL requests are filled in seven to ten business days, but due to availability, some requests may take longer.  Requests are made online, from the Law Library Information menu on the Eckstein Law Library Home Page

Binding Services: The law library has two binding systems available to law students.  For a nominal fee, your materials can be bound in either Unibind covers or comb binding spirals.  Stop by the Circulation Desk for more information. 

Laminating Service: The law library has a laminating service available to law students for a fee of $2.00 per page.  Please ask at the Circulation Desk for assistance. 

Laptops and Ethernet Cables: A limited number of laptops, PC & Mac, are available for loan and can be checked out for up to four days.  Wireless access is available throughout Eckstein Hall. You may be prompted to provide your MU login and password for certain databases. For the few subscriptions that require a wired computer, ethernet cables are available for checkout.

Computers: Wired computers are available for use in the reference area, in room 216, and in classroom 226 when the room is not in use. 

Fax and Scanning Services: Faxing and scanning are available via PrintWise.  Please see the PrintWise page in this guide. 

Library Circulation & Reference Area


MARQCAT is Marquette University’s online catalog. MARQCAT provides access to information for materials at the Eckstein Law Library and Raynor Memorial Libraries.  You may restrict a search to find only materials that are at the law library. MARQCAT also provides access to a number of online resources. You may search by author's name, book or periodical title, word, subject, or call number.  Please ask a librarian for help with MARQCAT if you have any questions. 



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VPN (Virtual Private Network)

The Marquette VPN connects you to online resources that are restricted to the university campus, from remote locations, like your home. The VPN is designed for students, faculty and staff who already have a commercial high-speed Internet service.

Marquette VPN is not for use in on-campus facilities, such as administrative and academic buildings, as these buildings already have an on-campus connection to Marquette resources. VPN is an IT service, and more information is available on the IT website.