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This guide provides vital information on library services for first year law students.
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Table of Contents

I. Welcome

A. Important Contact Information & Links 

B. Building & Library Access 

C. Library & Reference Hours

D.  Off-Campus Access

E.  Get Help

F. Feedback on this Guide

II. Where to Study

A. Carrels

B. Study Rooms

C. Computer Labs

D. Tables

E. Restrooms

F. Security

G. Noise

H. Food

I. Lost & Found

III. Circulation & Reserves

A. Search the UC Library Catalog

B. Search OhioLINK

C. Circulation & Reserves

D. Getting a Book or Article from Another Library

E. Loan Periods

F. Off-campus Access to Library Databases

G. WorldCat Catalog

H. Book Interlibrary Loan Form

I. Article Interlibrary Loan Form

IV. Reference

A. Reference Services & Hours

B. Reference Librarians

V.  Computing Services

A. Computer Labs, Wireless, Printing, Email

B. IT Staff

VI. Textbooks and Course Websites

A. Textbooks

B. TWEN, LexisNexis Webcourses, Blackboard

VII. Lexis, Westlaw & B-Law Access

VIII. Other Research Databases

A.  Legal Databases

B.  Selected Useful Non-legal Databases

IX. Law School Survival Guides

A. Podcasts

B. Books

C. Websites

X. First Year Study Aids in the Library

A. CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction)

B. Examples & Explanations Series

C. Understanding Series

D. Nutshells

E. Concepts & Insights

F. Hornbooks

G. Concise Hornbooks

H. Glannon Guides

I.  Q. & A's

J. Gilbert's Law Summaries Audio CDs

K. Other Study Aids

L. Restatements

M. Outlines

XI.  Exam Study Materials

A. Books on Studying & Taking Law School Exams

B. CALI Lessons & Podcasts on Studying & Taking Law School Exams

C. Articles on Studying & Taking Law School Exams

D. Webpages on Studying & Taking Law School Exams

E. YouTube Videos on Studying & Taking Law School Exams

XII. Maps of the Law Library

XIII.  Frequently Asked Questions

XIV. Research Guides

A.  Suggest a Research Guide

B.  Law Library Research Guides

C.  Find a Guide

D.  Get Help

XV.  Law Library Legal Research Tutorials

A.  General Legal Research

B.  Secondary Source Research

C.  Constitutional & Statutory Law Research

D.  Case Law Research

E.  Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg Law Searching Research

F.  Administrative Law Research

G.  Legal Citation

H.  Free & Low Cost Alternatives to Lexis & Westlaw

I.  International Law Research

J.  Tax Law Research

K.  Immigration Law Research

XVI.  Vendor Legal Research Tutorials

A.  Lexis

B.  Westlaw

C.  Bloomberg Law

C.  FastCase

D.  HeinOnline


F.  Making of Modern Law

XVII.  Non-Legal Research Tutorials

A.  ProQuest Congressional

B.  Finding Articles (Academic Search Complete)

C.  Learn More About Summon

D.  How to Find Peer Reviewed Articles

E.  Tips on Finding Electronic Resources


G.  Project Muse

H.  Citation Management



Welcome to the  Robert S. Marx Law Library! 

Congratulations!  You are now in law school.  But now what?  As a first year law student, you may find yourself needing some help.  This guide is intended to introduce you to the many ways that the Library can assist you to do more than just survive your first year in law school.  We can help you succeed!


Important Contact Information & Links

Library Director:

Ken Hirsh
Director, Law Library & Information Technology
Professor of Practice
Room 314B, Marx Law Library

Public & Research Services:

  • Circulation Desk: 556-3016

  • Reference Desk: 556-8078

Information Technology:


Building & Library Access

Building & Library Access for Law Faculty & Law Students

Your UC ID (Bearcat Card) will allow you access to the building and the Law Library 24/7. If you forget your UC ID during regular business hours (weekdays, 8:00am -- 5:00pm) enter through the Clifton Avenue doors.

If you forget your UC ID after-business-hours or on the weekend  use the sliding glass doors at the back of the building where a call button has been installed with voice and video links to the Library Circulation Desk.  This service is only available during hours that the Law Library is open. See Library Hours for a schedule of open hours.

To enter the Library when it is closed, swipe your ID card through the key-card reader mounted outside the library entrance located across from classroom 302.  Exit after-hours through that same door.

Reporting Unauthorized Persons & Emergencies

To report unauthorized persons in the Law Library after hours, or to report any personal or facility-related emergency, please call UC Public Safety at 556-1111.  Report any problem that you experience with the key-card access function of your I.D. card to Susan Boland, Associate Director of Public & Research Services.


Library & Reference Hours

Library Hours

Although Law faculty and law students have 24/7 access to the Library, circulation and reference are only available during certain hours. Hours vary over the summer and during holidays.  You can check Library hours at 556-0163 or at

  • Circulation hours when classes are in session:
    • Monday -- Friday 8:00am - 10:00pm
    • Saturday 9:00am - 10:00pm
    • Sunday 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Circulation hours when classes are not in session:
    • Monday -- Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Closed Saturday and Sunday

Reference Hours

Take advantage of Reference Librarian expertise! Call the Reference Desk at 513-556-8078 with research questions and we'll be happy to help with suggestions for sources and tips.  Also, don't forget the Library's Web page and many research guides

  • Reference hours when classes are not in session:
    • Monday -- Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm. 
  • Reference hours when classes are in session:
    •  Monday -- Thursday 9:00am -- 7:00 PM;
    •  Friday 9:00am -- 5:00pm

Associate Director of Public & Research Services

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Susan Boland
Contact Info
Robert S. Marx Law Library
University of Cincinnati College of Law
PO Box 210040
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040

315 (office)
Send Email

Off Campus Access

UC Access Only

Preferred login for UC. First time users must download the VPN software. Login using your 6+2 and Central Login password.

New: On August 11, 2014, the SSL VPN will be modified to so that the Junos Pulse client is presented for download.  Junos Pulse will become the default SSL VPN client for new SSL VPN users.  If you already have the “Network Connect” client installed you will still be able to connect using the “Network Connect” client.

If you don't have VPN software on your computer, use this to login with your UC or affiliate ID.

Troubleshooting Tips
Call UCIT's Help Desk: 556-4357


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