Brandy Ellis

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While they may not always be followed or strictly enforced, every law library has policies. What do these policies say about us? This paper reviews policies from the top twenty-five ranked U.S. law schools (as determined by U.S. News & World Reports for 2018). Four general types of policies were reviewed: Those addressing patron access, food and/or beverages, disruptive behavior, and weapons and/or firearms. General policies and trends are assessed and discussed, some discourse analysis tools are applied and hopefully, there are also a few laughs along the way. Ultimately, this paper seeks to understand what our law library policies say about us and to discuss some tools that we can use to examine them.