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Pence Law Library Circulation Desk: Borrowing Books

Borrowing Books

WCL students, faculty, alumni and staff may borrow materials from the library as may other AU students, faculty and staff. Public patrons and students from other schools may request circulating materials through their home institution's interlibrary loan office. For further information on interlibrary loan see the ILL tab.

How Long May I Keep It?

Most books in the collection circulate for 6 weeks.

Some items, including loose-leafs, supplemented treatises, reporters, codes, statutes, and European Union materials circulate for 3 hours. Reserve books, journals and photocopied course materials also circulate for 3 hours. Audiovisual items circulate for 24 hours.

Reserve material may be checked out overnight when it is less than three hours before closing (six hours for audiovisual material). These items must be returned to the circulation desk within an hour of the library's opening the next day.  For more information about reserve materials see the Reserves tab.

Renewing Items

General Circulation Items

Unless a hold has been placed on an item, renewals may be requested either in person at the circulation desk, by telephone at 202-274-4300 or online using the myLeagle link from the Library home page.

Reserve Materials and Convenience Items

Reserve materials and convenience items cannot be renewed online using myLeagle.  These items must be renewed in person at the circulation desk, by calling 202-274-4300, or by emailing  During busy periods of the semester, reserve materials and convenience items may not be renewed, so that all students have an opportunity to use these items. 

Overdue Material

Overdue items cannot be renewed online using myLeagle.  To renew overdue items, please visit the circulation desk, call 202-274-4300, or send an email to

Overdue Books & Late Fees

Are My Books Overdue?

The library notifies borrowers of overdue items within one day (1st notice) and 7 days (2nd notice) of the due date. Items are billed after being overdue for 14 days. Overdue notices and bills are sent via email.

Click on myLeagle to access your patron record, see what material you have checked out and when it is due, renew items, and see whether you owe any fines and what titles you have placed on hold. Enter your name and your seven digit AU ID number and then click on the "Display My Library Record" button.

Grace Period

There is a 7 day grace period when non-reserve late items may be returned without owing any fines. Books returned after the grace period has ended will be subject to fines accrued from the date the book was due.

Late Fees & Replacement Charges

Late fines are charged to encourage fair and efficient use of library materials and to provide the best service to all library patrons. Overdue fines are 25¢ per day or, for reserve material, $1.00 per hour. The default cost of a lost or damaged book is $100.00 with a processing fee of $20.00. Fines and replacement charges must be paid by check or money order by the end of each semester or a university-wide stop will be placed on your account.

What to Do If...

The Book I Need Is Checked Out to Another Patron

Except for reserve material, a hold may be placed on any item that is checked out to another patron by completing a Hold Request Form at the circulation desk or under the Forms tab above. Although placing a hold doesn't normally shorten the original loan period for the current borrower, that person will be prevented from renewing the item. Once the book is returned, the requestor is notified by phone or email that the item is being held for them at the circulation desk. Material on hold that is not picked up will be re-shelved.

Help! I Can't Find a Book

If the catalog indicates that an item is "available," but it cannot be found on the shelf, visit the circulation desk for help.  A staff member will be happy to help you look.  If the book still isn't found, you may complete a Missing Book Form at the circulation desk or under the Forms tab above. Library staff will search for the book for approximately four weeks. If the book is found, a circulation staff member will notify you.

WCL faculty members and current students with rush requests may obtain the material faster through interlibrary loan.

Book Drop

When the circulation desk is closed, patrons may leave books, book stands, headphones, and laptop chargers in either of two book drops on campus. One is located at the entrance to the library, and the other is located on the first floor of the Yuma building, in the hallway before the cafeteria.

Please do not place loaner laptops or trash in the book drop. 


The main phone number for the circulation department is 202-274-4300. 
You may also email the circulation staff at
Jean-Richard Rosemond
Circulation Manager
(202) 274-4204