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Schmid Law Library: COVID-19 Policies: College of Law


Welcome to the Marvin & Virginia Schmid Law Library.

COVID-19 has brought about some changes in our physical space and services. This Guide provides policies and procedures to help members of the College of Law community, UNL community, and general public navigate use of our library during these challenging times. Please refer back to this Guide periodically; any changes resulting from updated COVID-19 issues will be reflected here.

Policies related to members of the College of Law community are found in this tab. Members of the UNL community and general public should consult the appropriately labeled tabs.

Study Rooms

Study Room General Policies

  • Masks must be worn at all times in study rooms.
  • No eating in the study rooms.
  • Voices will carry; please keep conversations to a minimum and quiet.
  • Please observe social distancing by not moving chairs and sitting in designated spots.
  • Please contact Professor Placzek ( if you have any questions about these policies or study rooms in general.

Study Room Checkout

We have implemented a virtual check out system. You may still reserve a room for up to 4 hours per day, but in lieu of signing up on the paper sign up sheet, you now reserve your room through the University of Nebraska Reservations & Events System:

If you are unfamiliar on this system works, instructions are available at the Law Library Circulation desk or from the pdf in the bottom of this box.

Study Room Changes

We have made some temporary changes:

  • Air flow: removed all study room doors to improve air flow
  •  Minimized surface contact:
    • keys not required
    • no door handles
    • all study rooms equipped with disinfectant spray & wipes
  • Social distance seating:
    • 1st floor rooms - 1 person only
    • 2nd floor rooms (except Governors & Presidents) - up to 2 people
    • Governors & Presidents - up to 3 people

General Policies

No eating in the library. Drinks in spill proof containers (mask off quick drink; mask back on) are permitted.

Please observe social distancing sitting in designated spots and not moving/rearranging chairs.

For your convenience & use, disinfectant spray & towels are located throughout the library to facilitate cleaning your study space.

Printing is no longer available. All Wepa printers are now located in the Student Lounge.

Please adhere to the marked traffic flow patterns in the library.

Fall Hours:

  • Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.