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What are the library hours?

Regular hours are:

Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Sat - Sun: 10:00 a.m. -  2:00 a.m.

These hours are subject to change during holidays, finals exams, and between sessions. Please note that during the period starting 3 weeks before final exams each semester and continuing through the end of exams the Panza Maurer Library only has limited access for non-College of Law students.

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How do I check out library materials?

You will need your NSU Shark Card I.D. or your Broward County library card to check out materials. College of Law alumni may provide a photo I.D. to check out materials. Please note that many items in the collection do not circulate. Items that do not circulate include codes, reporters, looseleafs, periodicals, multi volume series, and books with pocket parts. For information on which materials circulate and the length of our checkout periods, please check the Panza Maurer Law Library Policy page  (https://nova.campusguides.com/lawlibrary/policies).

What is the book check out period?

Books in the General Collection check out for three weeks. Student Collection materials check out for seven days while Reserve items check out for 3 hours to 3 days depending on the item. Materials can also be renewed online via Novacat at https://novacat.nova.edu/patroninfo. For information on which materials circulate and the length of our checkout periods, please check the Panza Maurer Law Library Policy page  (https://nova.campusguides.com/lawlibrary/policies).

Where are the copiers/printers/scanners?

There is a copy and print room on each floor next to the elevators. Each room has several copy machines and at least one student printer. Copies are 10 cents a page. You can use your NSU Shark Student Card to make copies after adding value to your card. Non-NSU patrons can use cash to make copies. The law library also provides 2 scanners for use by student and the public behind the Information Services Desk

Who can assist with reference questions?

The library has 8 qualified librarians. All are dual degreed with both a J.D. and a MS in Library and Information Science. Usually a librarian is at the reference desk; if not, the Information Services Desk staff can call one for you. If you are part of the NSU community and you have a question that is likely to take more than 10-15 minutes to assist with, please make an appointment with a reference librarian (http://systems.library.nova.edu/form/view.php?id=89).

Can I eat and/or drink in the library?

Food and drinks are allowed throughout the library. Please be careful and courteous to others by cleaning up after yourself and avoiding noisy food items.

Does the library staff re-shelve the books I use in the library?

The law library keeps statistics on which books are being used so that we can better decide how to allocate our budget.  For this reason, please put the books you use on the red carts at the end of the stacks so that our staff can reshelve them.

Where are the printers?

Printers are located in the copy rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Panza Maurer Law Library. Printing is available only for NSU College of Law students. For information on the Panza Maurer Law Library print policy, please check the Panza Maurer Law Library Policy page  (https://nova.campusguides.com/lawlibrary/policies).

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms are located on the east side of each floor, past the elevator. Once past the elevator, turn right.

Where are the water fountains?

The water fountains are also located on the east side of each floor, past the elevator. As you pass the elevator, turn right.

What about study rooms?

There are 28 study rooms available for checkout by NSU College of Law students only.  There are also 28 study carrels with locking cubbies available for checkout by College of Law students. For more information on our policies concerning study rooms and study carrels, please check the Panza Maurer Law Library Policy page  (https://nova.campusguides.com/lawlibrary/policies).

Can I talk/use my cell phone in the Panza Maurer Law Library?

The entire Panza Maurer Law Library is a quiet zone.  Please take cell phone conversations outside the law library into the bridge or Atrium.  Conversations should be limited and conducted in a quiet tone of voice.  College of Law students who wish to work collaboratively in the Panza Maurer Law Library may check out a study room. If someone is making too much noise please let the staff at the Information Services Desk know.

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