The Gonzaga University School of Law Chastek Library policies are intended to help provide an environment that is conducive to research and learning. For questions or concerns, please contact the circulation desk.
Access for Persons with DisabilitiesChastek Library is accessible to individuals with disabilities and will make all reasonable efforts to meet the needs of those with disabilities who wish to use the library. The library is equipped with an Optelec 20/20 Plus machine (which enlarges text) to accommodate the visually impaired. The machine is located on the second floor of the library, east wall, to the right of the student lounge. Those using the library who have mobility impairments may request assistance with photocopying or with retrieving items from the collection. Please contact the Circulation Desk at 509-313-5792 for assistance.
For more information on disability resources, contact the Disability Resources, Education, and Access Management (DREAM) Department at 509-313-4134.
Bicycles, Rollerblades & SkateboardsBicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, and the like are not allowed in the library.
Cell PhonesAudible cell phone use is not allowed anywhere in the library, including the computer lab, study rooms, stairwells, and restrooms.
Code of ConductMembers of the Gonzaga community and the public are invited to use Chastek Library’s information resources and services. The library seeks to provide a safe and secure environment and facilities suitable for serious study and legal research.
Who can use the library:
- Gonzaga University School of Law students, faculty, and staff
- Gonzaga University students, faculty, and staff
- Attorneys and the general public who are conducting legal research
As a library user, you can expect:
- An environment free of disruptive activity
- Ready access to print and online materials
- Access to reference assistance, when available
- Access to microform collections, including the federal depository collection
- Printed materials free from markings and without missing pages
- Surroundings conducive to research, reading, and study
Behaviors that infringe upon the rights of library users or staff are prohibited. These include, but are not limited to the following:
- Create disturbances
- Exhibit intimidating or threatening behavior to others through language or actions
- Disturb students with unwanted advances, questioning, or solicitation of legal advice
- Make harassing, unrealistic demands of library staff for any reason, including seeking inappropriate types of assistance with legal research or legal questions
- Inappropriate computer use
- Deface or damage library materials, furnishings, or equipment
- Talk on cell phones
- Use tobacco products or e-cigarettes
- Disturb others with strong odors, e.g., perfumes, alcohol, or personal hygiene conditions
- Vend, peddle, solicit, or petition in the library
- Leave personal belongings unattended
- Enter areas not authorized for public use such as the study rooms, computer lab, and staff areas
- Refuse to comply with posted public hours
In addition, library users must comply with all other library policies and signage.
Library employees have the authority to determine what behaviors constitute inappropriate use of the library and its resources.
Library users in violation of the library’s code of conduct, or any other library policy, may be asked to present identification, and may be subject to a search of backpacks or bags.
Library users who fail to follow the library’s code of conduct are subject to sanctions including:
- Removal from the library and law school building
- Reporting to campus security, city police, or other law enforcement
- Legal prosecution
CopyrightThe library, like the University at large, adheres to the law of copyright. Gonzaga University has issued a policy on copyright with the objective of good faith compliance with the directives and intent of the copyright law of the United States.
Copies requested or made for the purpose of interlibrary loan are also subject to the restrictions of copyright laws. The law library reserves the right not to fill a request that violates copyright law.
Food & DrinkBeverages in spill-proof containers are permitted in the library. Individual snack items are allowed; do not bring in food that is messy, noisy, or has a noticeable odor.
Please be considerate and dispose of trash in the trash cans and recycling bins located throughout the library. Report spills immediately to library staff.
NoiseAll three floors of the library, including the computer lab, are quiet study areas. We ask all patrons and staff to work cooperatively to minimize noise in the library. The common areas outside of the library are available for telephone calls and conversation.
The third floor of the library is intended to be the quietest of the three floors. Please make a special effort to maintain quiet on the third floor by not talking in open areas. The study rooms are not sound proof, so please close the doors when working with a group.
Personal BelongingsPlease do not leave any personal items unattended in the library. Any items left unattended at closing will be placed in lost and found at the Circulation Desk.
Pets & AnimalsWith the exception of guide or service dogs, no pets or animals are allowed in the library.
SecurityMaintaining security in the library is of paramount concern to the library administration and staff. If you observe any hazardous or potentially dangerous situation in or around the library, please report your observations to the Circulation Desk 509-313-5792, Campus Security Dispatch: 509-313-2222, or to the local police (911) as the situation requires.
SignsTo post signs on the bulletin boards in the library stairwell, contact Patrick Charles 509-313-3739.
Study RoomsChastek Library study rooms are exclusively for the use of law students, faculty, and staff. Reservations may be made up to a week in advance, in the sign-up book located outside the Kelley Reading Room. The current day’s reservation schedule is posted on study room doors. If the study room is empty and no one else has it reserved, you may use it. Please record your name and the time on the posted schedule.
Reservations are limited to four hours per day. Reservations for the same group but in different names will be considered invalid. In most study rooms groups have priority over individuals, and may ask individuals to leave. Reservations are forfeited if parties are 15 minutes late and someone else has claimed the room.
Personal possessions and library books must be removed when the room is no longer in use. Unattended items may be removed.
All other law library policies apply to study rooms.
- Individual snack items are allowed; do not bring in food that is messy, noisy, or has a noticeable odor.
- Drinks must be in covered containers.
- No cell phones are allowed.
These study rooms are not soundproof so please be aware of the noise level when working as a group.
Study rooms may be reserved for moot court competition teams, accommodated exams, and other library or law school uses. These reservations must be made in advance through the library director.
During exam periods, some study rooms may be reserved by the Registrar’s Office for ADA compliant exams. A section of study carrels on the third floor of the library is set aside during exam periods for those in need of a place to take “take-home” exams.
Unattended ChildrenThe law school policy against leaving children unattended in the law school building applies in the library. The first time a child is left unattended, the library staff will look for the parent in the library. If staff cannot locate the child’s parent or if a child is left unattended a second time, the library staff may call Campus Security.