Library Policies

Security and Safety

Personal belongings must never be left unattended. Unattended items may be moved by security officers during routine patrols. Inquiries about lost items should be made at the 1st floor security desk. 

Any person using the Library may be asked by Library staff and/or security personnel to show appropriate identification. Refusal to comply may result in removal from the facility.

Food and Drink

Drinks are permitted in the Library, but not in the computer lab. Food is not permitted anywhere in the Library including the Library's outdoor spaces.

Smoking and Tobacco Products

IIT is subject to the Illinois Clean Indoor Air Act and Chicago Clean Indoor Air Ordinance. Smoking and the use of tobacco or similar products is prohibited in the Library and the Library's outdoor spaces.

Cell Phones

Users of the Library are asked to conduct cell phone conversations outside the Library or in stairwells. Turn off ringers and leave phones on "vibrate" while in the Library.


Individuals who wish to film or take photographs in the Library must contact the Library Director to seek permission.

Access and Use by Members of the Public 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Law Library and the Conviser Law Center are closed to members of the general public. When the Law Library reopens for public access, the following policies apply. Under the Library’s access policy, members of the public are granted temporary revocable access privileges to use the Library for legal research purposes except during restricted periods. In addition to all Library policies, the following expectations apply for public patrons:

  • Public patrons must be actively engaged in legal research.
  • Public patrons may ask for research assistance but should be advised that Library staff and students cannot provide legal advice and cannot research or interpret the law for them.
  • Public patrons must exit prior to the Library’s posted closing time.
  • Public patrons must comply with directives of the Library staff, building security, and any other Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent official.
  • Public patrons must not exhibit poor personal hygiene or body odor that unreasonably interferes with other patrons’ use of the Library and its facilities.
  • Disruptive behavior, including but not limited to monopolizing library space, obstructing aisles, abusing, threatening or intimidating Library staff or students, smoking and exhibiting signs of drunkenness or other substance abuse is not permitted.
  • Sleeping or loitering in the Library is not permitted.

Persons who violate any one of the policies or expectations may lose their privileges to use IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Library, may be removed by building security, may be subject to Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent disciplinary actions, and/or be subject to criminal prosecution or other legal action, as appropriate.

Restricted Access

During exam periods in May and December, access to the Library is restricted to members of the Illinois Tech Community. 

During restricted access periods, members of the public who need to use government documents are encouraged to use one of the other federal depository libraries in the city:

  • Chicago Public Library-Harold Washington Branch (400 S. State St.)
  • Chicago State University (9501 S. King Dr.)
  • IIT Galvin Library (35 W. 33rd St.)
  • Loyola University Cudahy Memorial Library (6525 N. Sheridan Rd.)
  • Northeastern Illinois University Williams Library (5500 N. St. Louis Ave.)
  • University of Illinois-Chicago Daley Library (801 S. Morgan St.)
  • U. S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit Library (219 S. Dearborn St.)
  • University of Chicago Regenstein Library (1100 E. 57th St.)

If a government document in our Library is not available elsewhere, members of the public may speak with a librarian to determine uring restricted access periods, all guests are required to register at the Service Desk before being admitted.