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Borrowing Items

UH students may check out library materials with their Cougar Cards. Circulating materials can be checked out at the Law Library circulation desk, at one of the self-checkout stations on the 4th and 5th floors, or from the library vending machine on the 3rd floor.  

Loan Periods 

Circulating materials: Items may be borrowed for a two-week loan period and renewed for an additional two weeks if no hold is placed on the book. Renewals for these materials may be done from the online catalog, in person, or by phone (713.743.2300). Please note that many items in the library collection do not circulate and may not leave the library.

Course Reserves: The library maintains a collection of course textbooks and other items placed on reserve for Law Center courses by faculty members. These may be checked out for four hours and renewed up to four times if no hold is placed on the book.  

Overdue Items

The library will send reminders before items are due back and overdue notices after the loan periods have expired. If items are overdue, users may be charged a replacement and processing fee for the item, which must be paid through UH Student Accounting.  

Items From Other UH Libraries

Paging is a service that allows patrons to borrow books from the M.D. Anderson Library, UH main campus branch libraries, UH-Downtown, or UH-Clear Lake. Books can be requested through the Law Library catalog by clicking the "Request" link and can be delivered to the Law Library circulation desk. Patrons will receive an email when the item is ready for pickup.  

Returning Items

Items checked out from the library may be returned at the circulation desk or one of the library's self-checkout stations located on the 4th and 5th floors. 

Items checked out from the Law Library vending machine on the 3rd floor may be returned to the vending machine, the circulation desk, or the self-checkout stations on the 4th and 5th floors.  


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service which provides access to the collections of other libraries. ILL will borrow books and obtain copies of journal articles that are not available at the Law Library or the M.D. Anderson Library and its central campus branches. Only UHLC students, law faculty, and law staff are eligible for ILL at the Law Library. All requests should be directly related to UHLC coursework or research. 

It typically takes several days for materials to arrive, so please make your requests in advance of your deadline. You will be notified by email that the requested material is ready to be picked up at the Library's circulation desk on the 4th floor. Books will be clearly marked with the due date.



Self-checkout stations are located on the 4th and 5th floors of the library near the entrances. You can use the stations to check materials in or out with your Cougar Card. Please note that some library materials cannot be checked out and must stay in the library.

Lexis & Westlaw Access Instructions

Registration codes for Lexis and Westlaw are emailed to new students when they join the UHLC community. If you have checked your email and have not received your registration codes, please email Katy Stein for help. Please also email her if you are having difficulty with your account, or if you need access as a new faculty or staff member.

Bloomberg Access Instructions

Visit Bloomberg Law's activation page to register for your account. Note that you must use your UH email when registering. Bloomberg Law will email you a login ID and password, typically within one business day.