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*LRC Access & Study Room Reservations

This guide explains who may currently access the LRC physical space, how to reserve a seat, and policies and protocols in place to maintain a healthy and safe environment.

LRC Policies during COVID-19

  • The LRC is open to everyone during our Public Building Hours, no advanced reservations are required.
  • Patrons feeling sick or unwell should not visit the LRC and should access virtual LRC services from home.
  • A face mask is recommended but not required in the LRC, consistent with USD policy.
  • Patrons must treat all library staff and other patrons in a courteous and respectful manner consistent with USD’s Core Values.
  • Anyone not adhering to these guidelines will receive a warning. Any law student who still does not adhere to the guidelines after the first warning will be reported to the Law School’s Office of Law Student Affairs and may lose library access privileges, including in some cases being banned from the physical premises for the remainder of the semester. USD students from outside the law school who do not adhere to these guidelines will be reported to the Division of Student Affairs and can be subjected to the same penalties.

24/7 Access Pilot Program

The LRC is pleased to announce it is piloting 24/7 access to the library! 

June 15th - August 1st, USD students, faculty, and staff may use the 1st floor of the library at any time. At 8pm, the Circulation desk will shut down and anyone in the library will need to move to the 1st floor information services area. At that time, the atrium doors leading to the rest of the library will be locked and entry to the LRC will require a valid campus ID card.


Restrooms - the single user restroom outside PLRC 113 will be available after hours.

Security/safety - 

  • The SALTO building access system will require a current campus ID card to enter the building and the library after hours. This should prevent people who are not members of the USD community from entering after hours. Please help us maintain a safe and secure environment by not propping open doors.

  • The 1st floor information services area is being used for the pilot because it allows for a safer, more secure environment compared to the rest of the library. Campus Public Safety is able to monitor this area remotely by security camera.

Checking out items - 

  • Peripheral items held at the circulation desk (e.g., charging cords) must be checked out before 8pm when the service desk closes. They may be left in the dropbox on your way out, or returned the following day (within 24 hours of checkout time).

  • Books that are housed in the 1st floor information services area (including study aids) may be checked out after hours using a self-service kiosk.

  • Books that are housed elsewhere in the library cannot be checked out after hours. Patrons may request the item via the catalog for pick up the next day.

After August 1st - 

  • We are offering this pilot in hopes it will be a success and we’ll be able to continue 24/7 access going forward. 

  • As we review the results of the pilot, we’ll be looking at a variety of issues including usage, security/safety, impact on services, and more. 

  • We welcome your feedback! Please drop by and chat with us or send your comments to

  • We’ll keep the community posted on the results and plans going forward.

Entering the LRC After Hours

  1. Look for the SALTO lock to the left of the main building doors.
    Image of SALTO pad
  2. Hold your ID card close to the SALTO pad until the light turns green and the lock clicks open.
    *If your card does not work, please contact the Circulation Desk or  USD Card Services during normal business hours.

How to reserve a study room seat

  1. Go to the Library Seat Reservation System to reserve a seat in a study room.
  2. Locate your preferred locationdate, and time. Reservations may be made in 30 minute increments up to 3 hours.
  3. Select your seat and start time by clicking on the appropriate green tile. Use the dropdown menu near the bottom of the screen to select your end time. illustration a | illustration b
  4. You may make multiple reservations at a time and may reserve a group study room seat up to 14 days in advance.
  5. Once you have made your selection(s), scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Submit Times. illustration c
  6. You'll be prompted to log in with your MySanDiego credentials. illustration d
  7. Review your booking details and the terms and conditions of use. illustration e
  8. Click Continue to agree.
  9. Select how many people will be using the study room from the drop down menu and click Submit my Bookingillustration f
  10. You will receive an email confirming your reservation. You must click on the link in the email to check in within 30 minutes of the start of your reservation or it will be canceled.
  11. If your study room is locked at the start of your reservation, see the Circulation Desk for assistance.