Monday, November 16, 2015

Spring 2016 Courtesy Policies Reminder

24/6+ Library Access for Touro Law Students has begun! We encourage everyone to come and study in the library, and we hope that you'll stay and use these extended hours to your benefit. We also want everyone to feel welcome and accomplished here, so the following are just a few reminders about our courtesy policies to keep in mind during the reading period for finals:

Noise: Please be mindful that courtesy is contagious, and that noise travels. The entire library is a silent student area, except the area around the circulation desk, reference office, and the study rooms, where quiet conversation (i.e., at whisper level) is permitted. If someone asks you to stop talking or to take it down a notch, please be courteous to them. If you have a continued noise problem, please contact circulation or reference, and we will come and see if we can help. You can stop in circulation or reference at any time to talk to us. You can also email us at

Unattended Items: Please do not leave items unattended to reserve a table, couch, study room, computer station, etc. Unattended items may be taken by security.

Cell phones: Cell phones are fine for texting, but talking on your cell phone really disturbs students who are studying. Please make and take your calls outside the library.

Food: Only light snacks, in snack-size portions, and drinks (non-alcoholic) with lids are allowed. Meals (e.g., sandwiches, salads, pizza, hot foods) are not permitted in the Library. As a general rule: if a reasonable person would eat the item for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or would use a knife, fork and/or spoon to eat the item, then you cannot eat the item in the library. Anything that you can order from a restaurant or drive-up window is not allowed in the library. Students who bring in food other than snacks and beverages in closed containers may eat the food in the MFMR, but will be expected to clean up after use. The MFMR may not be used for studying.

Furniture: All library furnishings, including tables, chairs and decorative wall hangings may not be moved or removed. Please no feet on furniture.

Sleeping: Air mattresses, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, mattress pads and camping equipment are not allowed.

For complete library hours visit our Hours Webpage.

Good luck with your final exams! If there's anything we can do for you, please speak to a librarian or library staff member. We're happy to help!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fall Semester Final Exam Study Hours

Effective Monday, November 16th through the end of final exams (Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015), The Gould Law Library will be open around the clock to Touro Law students only, except for:

  • Friday afternoon-Saturday morning, in observance of the Jewish Sabbath. The library will close Fridays at 2:45 p.m. and will reopen Saturdays at 10 a.m. (Saturday access is subject to special conditions: Touro ID required, special access door, no food); and
  • Thanksgiving. The Library will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th. The Library will be open as a study hall only (no services) on Friday, November 27th from 7 a.m.- 3 p.m. 

With these exceptions, the library will remain open 24 hours a day through the end of final exams. Library services will not be available during the overnight period and on Saturdays, although a security guard will be on duty. The entire library (except for the Circulation Desk, the Reference Office, and enclosed study rooms) will be a quiet zone to maximize available study space.

Access during overnight periods is for the Library only. Students will not be permitted anywhere else in the building, except that during overnight periods, students may make brief trips to the Concourse to access their lockers or use the vending machines, but must return promptly. Use of recreational equipment in the Concourse is prohibited on overnights. No Concourse access of any kind is permitted on Saturdays.

We wish all of our students the best with their final exams!