The primary focus of the Arizona Summit Law School Library is to provide support for the legal research needs of Arizona Summit Law School's faculty, students and alumni.  Due to space limitations, and in order to ensure that the library facilities and services are fully available to Arizona Summit Law School's community, the library premises are currently not open to the public. The collection is available during posted library hours for use within the library. A large selection of materials is also available for loan.


Many of the law library materials are primary sources and reference tools. In order to provide access to these items for all our patrons, they are not available for circulation. These materials include reporters, digests, statutes, citators, periodicals, looseleafs, indexes, treatises and materials in the Reference collections.

Materials on Course Reserve circulate for 3 hours.

With some exceptions, most monographs are available to students for a 21-day check-out. See the loan chart for more information on the circulation policy for specific materials. For Faculty loan periods, see here.

A SummitLaw ID is required for checking out any materials and the cardholder is responsible for all materials checked out on his/her card. 

Avoid Overdues

There are 2 simple ways to avoid an overdue item:

Renew by calling the Circulation Desk 602.682.6897
Renew online (use your name and library barcode number) by 9pm the day the item is due.


Materials must be renewed at the Circulation Desk by telephone or through the online catalog. Keep in mind that if an item is overdue it may not be renewed. The only way to keep the item is to return it in person at the Circulation Desk and check the item out again.  You will not be permitted to renew an item under the following conditions:

If another patron has placed a hold on the item;
If the maximum number of renewals has been exceeded;
If the item is overdue.

General collection materials can be renewed for an additional 21 day period if they have not been placed on hold or recalled by the library.  Academic Success and Audio CDs, are renewable. Course Reserve materials and DVDs are not renewable.

Holds, Recalls

When looking for an item it is always important to check the online catalog to see the location of an item. Holds may be placed on items if the material has been checked out. Placing a hold on an item will ensure that the item isn’t placed back in the collection but rather put on a shelf to await your pick-up.

You may place holds in person at the Circulation Desk or in the online catalog. The Circulation Department will contact you when the item has been returned. Once you have been notified you will have 3 days to pick up the book from the Circulation Desk. After 3 days the book will be made available to the next patron. Circulating materials which have been put on hold for another patron may not be renewed.

Items in the Course Reserves and or Critical Legal Skills Program Collections may not be placed on hold. Items that have been checked out are subject to recall by the law library. Recalled materials must be returned within three days of receipt of notice (including weekends).

Overdue Notices

Overdue notices are sent out nightly to your SummitLaw school email account. Approximately 36 hours before a 21 day loan item is due, a courtesy reminder notice will be sent to you.

Overdue Returns Policy

The Arizona Summit Law School Library asks that all materials be brought back in a timely manner so that fellow students may have fair access to them.  To ensure that items are brought back in a timely manner, the Library has instituted the following policy for overdue infractions.  Each semester:

The first infraction during regular semesters will be without penalty.


The second infraction will result in library privileges being suspended until you set up a meeting with the Library Access Services Manager.  At that time you will be given a form to sign acknowledging you understand the overdue penalties.

If there is a third infraction, you will once again need to meet with the Library Access Services Manager and your library privileges will be suspended for 7 days.  At that time you will be given a 2nd form to sign acknowledging you understand the consequences.

If you commit a fourth infraction, the Library will notify Diane Alkais, Director of Student Services. There will be an honor code investigation and pending that investigation, an Honor Code Violation may be filed against you.  A decision will be made and you will be notified accordingly.

Billed & Lost Items

The law library reserves the right to charge fines and/or billing fees for overdue and damaged items. If items are not returned after a third overdue notice has been sent, the patron's record will be blocked from checking out additional materials and a bill for replacing the item will be sent. Overdue items not returned upon request, or not returned within 31 days of their due date are considered lost. Lost books will be billed for replacement cost, plus a $50.00 billing and replacement fee.

Checking Your Library Account

To view your library account, go to the Law Library homepage and click on the Library Catalog link. In the top the right of the screen, click Login. Log on by using your name and the 14 digit barcode (starting with the numbers 22005) printed on the back of your SummitLaw student ID.  From here you can:

1. View and renew checked-out items
2. Manage your “hold” requests
3. Search the catalog and save your research

Please direct all questions on circulation policies to the Circulation Department at or by calling 602.682.6897.

Midterms and Finals and Bar Prep Cycle (12/21/15-2/24/16):

• If you are in the building before closing, you may stay in the building to study
• Security will direct students remaining in the building after closing to the 13th floor
study areas
• If a student leaves the building, they will not have access back into the building until the
building opens for business hours
Search Catalog

Library databases are ONLY accessible by students, faculty and staff of Arizona Summit Law School. If you are off campus, you will be asked for your name and library barcode number. ( *requires username and password )