Tuesday, May 3, 2016

New Titles from April 2016

Check out our Featured Acquisitions page for April 2016 to see the new titles in the Law Library!

A few sample titles:

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Restricted Access to the Law Library Begins Friday Apr. 22

During the UK College of Law finals period, which runs from Friday, April 22 - Saturday May 7, access to the Law Library will be restricted to members of the College of Law community.  Law students, faculty, and staff will need to use their university IDs (a.k.a. Wildcards) to access the main part of the library at all times while the library is open.

Any other individuals needing to use Law Library materials during this time must inquire at the Law Library reference or circulation desks for assistance upon arrival.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Changes to Study Room Policies

Starting Monday April 11th, the Law Library will implement amendments to its study room policy.  These changes are to help enforce our long-time policy that study rooms are for law student use only.  

Upcoming Policy Changes
  • Study rooms will be locked when not in use.  Please lock the door when you end your reservation.
  • A study room key will be checked out to your library account when you check in for your reservation at the Circulation Desk.
  • Return the keys on time to avoid fines. 

o    Key fines:  Overdue = $5.00 per minute; Long Overdue or Lost = $200. 
o    Key fines are mandatory and non-negotiable.
o    They must be paid to the Law Library directly by cash or check only.
o    Note:  Library fines in excess of $20 will put your University account in bad standing; account blocks can prevent you from borrowing library materials and study room keys, registering for classes, and obtaining transcripts.  This policy is not new.
o    These fees are not intended to be punitive but to motivate study room users to return room keys on time. Without keys, we cannot limit use to law students only.

Standing Policies
  • User Requirements
  • Study rooms are limited to use by College of Law students, faculty and staff.
  • Study rooms are for group-study only; individual use is prohibited, excepting exam reservations made by the Dean of Academic Affairs.
  • All group members must be currently enrolled law students.

 Reservation Parameters
  • Study rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Reservations are mandatory.
  • Reservations may be made in 1- or 2-hour blocks, but may not exceed two hours per day.
  • Reservations cannot be made more than 24 hours in advance.
  • Groups forfeit their reservation if they are more than 15 minutes tardy.
  • Study room reservations requests may be denied if your current enrollment status cannot be confirmed.

General note: Law students are strongly encouraged to bring their Wildcard student ID cards when checking materials out, including study room keys.  It allows us to easily and accurately access your account and to confirm your identity and current standing in the library system. 


Questions can be directed to our circulation manager, Michel (Thompson) Yang by email (michel.thompson@uky.edu) or in-person during office hours M-F, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesdays Around the World: Beer!

What with the prevalence of divisive political campaigns these days, globalization and free trade have been in the news a lot lately. In fact, the popularity of both far right and far left campaigns has been explained as a reaction against decades of free trade policies. While free trade zones provide some benefits, such as reducing the risk of war between trading partners (this was the motivation for one of the first such groups, the European Coal and Steel Community), they do tend sometimes to discourage domestic production. Happily, however, sometimes domestic production can be increased without resorting to protectionism that would remove the benefits of free trade, especially if a topic comes along that is so popular that it transcends party lines... a topic such as beer.


Yesterday, the Kentucky Senate passed S.B. 11, which doubles the production limits of microbreweries in Kentucky, as well as allowing a range of new commercial activities for local wineries, distilleries, and breweries. The measure passed 31-6, after earlier passing the house in similarly overwhelming fashion (76-20). The bill still awaits the Governor's signature, but Lexington breweries reacted jubilantly to the bill's passage. In fact, both West Sixth Brewing and Country Boy Brewing proceeded with plans to expand their businesses immediately following the bill's passage. By enabling increased production, the Kentucky Legislature will allow local craft breweries to better compete with the international conglomerates that are the result of the globalization discussed above.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Win Prizes in Spring Scavenger Hunt!

Law students can enter the Law Library's Spring Scavenger Hunt drawing for a chance at prizes donated by our legal research vendors: 5,000 Lexis points from Lexis (equal to a $75 gift card), two $25 Visa gift cards from Bloomberg Law, and various swag from Westlaw. 

How to enter: pick up a copy of the legal research questions from the reference desk, answer the questions, and turn your answers back in to the reference desk. Fully correct entries submitted to the reference desk by noon on Friday 3/25 will be entered into the prize drawing, and everyone who enters will at least walk away with a piece of candy for their efforts!  Winners will be notified by email, so don't forget to include your email address on your answer sheet.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wednesdays Around the World: Sharapova Faults into the Net (of International Anti-Doping Regulations)

Scandal rocked the tennis world this week as major star Maria Sharapova, one of only 10 women to have completed a singles career grand slam, announced that she had failed a performance-enhancing drug (PED) test at the Australian Open earlier this year. Sharapova claims she's been taking the banned substance for years to treat a health issue, though her use seems to have exceeded the manufacturer's recommendations by just a tad.

Interestingly, the substance in question had only been added to the banned list this year by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA describes itself as an "international independent agency" and is co-funded by sports-centered associations, such as the IOC, and by state governments. Furthermore, WADA's membership includes members from sports-centered NGOs but also public officials from contributing states. As such, it operates somewhat like an NGO, although with regulatory authority. In its regulatory capacity, WADA  publishes and maintains  the World Anti-Doping Code, which is what Sharapova ran afoul of, and which is enforced by the various professional sports leagues.