Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the hours of operation for The Fred Parks Law Library?
    During the fall and spring semesters we are open Sunday, 10am-10pm; Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-midnight; Friday, 7:30am-10pm and Saturday, 8:30am-10pm.

    For holidays and the summer months, the hours will change; check the library's blog for updates.

  2. Is The Fred Parks Law Library open to the general public?
    Houston College of Law is a private school and our primary purpose is to serve Houston College of Law students and faculty. We do allow members of the bar and their staff members to use the library's research materials. Nonetheless, the College reserves the right to limit access by public patrons. For a detailed explanation, click on the "Policies & Visitor Info" tab and view the subsections entitled "Library Access Policy" and "Computer Usage Policy."

  3. What is the address of The Fred Parks Law Library and how do I get there?
    1303 San Jacinto, Houston, Texas 77002

  4. How do I contact The Fred Parks Law Library and its employees?
    The general number is 713-646-1711. To contact an individual at The Fred Parks Law Library, click on the "Staff and Departments" tab.

  5. What are the hours when a professional librarian is available at the Reference Desk?
    During the fall and spring semesters a reference librarian is available Sunday, 1pm-5pm; Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm; Friday, 9am-5pm; and there is no reference on Saturday.

    For holidays and the summer months, the hours will change; check the library's blog for updates.

  6. May the professional reference librarians provide legal advice?
    No. Reference librarians may provide guidance in using legal research materials, but dispensing legal advice is beyond the parameters of their duties.

  7. What is contained in the Special Collections Department and what are the usage policies?
    Visit the "Special Collections Department" webpage. This page explains departmental holdings, usage policies, and online forms, as well as provides contact information for the Special Collections Librarian.

  8. Who can check out library materials?
    Currently enrolled students and Faculty. For more details click on "Policies & Visitor Info" tab and then the subsection entitled "Circulation of Library Materials".

  9. How may I obtain an interlibrary loan?
    Click on the "Library Services" tab and click on section entitled "Interlibrary Loan."

  10. How do I search the library's online catalog and how do I locate call numbers?
    STELLA, is the library's online catalog. The call number will appear on the middle of the catalog screen. From he catalog you can click on the Library map to reveal the exact floor.

  11. Does The Fred Parks Law Library provide photocopiers or fax machines?
    Yes. A fax machine is on the 2nd floor (Free if a local call). Photocopiers are on 2nd, 4th & 5th (10cents/page) - or use $1 or $5 bills or purchase a copy card. There is a scanner which allows patrons to scan and email or save to a thumb drive for free located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th floors of the library. No credit cards are accepted.

    Two touchscreen scanners are also available - no charge for use - one on the second floor, the other on the third.

  12. Does The Fred Parks Law Library have individual or group study rooms?
    The library has 2 person study rooms and rooms for groups. Click on "Library Services" tab, then "Patron Services " and scroll down to "Study Rooms" for more details.

  13. What are policies of The Fred Parks Law Library regarding food, drink, and tobacco products?
    Only drinks in approved containers, & cold snacks are permitted. NO TOBACCO PRODUCTS are permitted. See the "Food, Drink, and Tobacco Policy" under the "Policies & Vistor Info" tab.

  14. May patrons use cell phones and pagers inside The Fred Parks Law Library?
    We realize that patrons may need to communicate with colleagues while visiting the library. We ask that patrons speak in low tones and move to a stairwell for extended conversations. The library provides "ultra-quiet zones" on the first, fourth and fifth floors, where talking and cell phone use are prohibited.

  15. How may I store and protect my personal belongings and study materials during my visit to The Fred Parks Law Library?
    We strongly urge the use of lockers, located on the second-fifth floors. They are intended only for short-term use. Place a quarter in the slot of the locker and the key will be released. When you return the key to the locker, the quarter will be returned to you. Items may not be stored in lockers overnight. Abandoned items will be disposed of after 6 months.




The Fred Parks Biography

Our library is named for the late Fred Parks, Class of 1937, who made the largest individual donation to the library fund.


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