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New Law Grad Guide to Law Library Services

This guide is for graduating third year students of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. It describes access to the library, its resources, and its services once you graduate.

Welcome

Welcome to the Robert S. Marx Law Library!

This guide is intended to introduce you to the many ways that the Law Library can assist new graduates. While the primary mission of the Robert S. Marx Law Library is to support research, scholarship, and learning for faculty and students in the College of Law, the Law Library also makes many of its resources available to members of the University of Cincinnati community, and the local bench and bar.

 

Library Access & Hours

Building and Library Access for Alumni

After you graduate, your UC ID (Bearcat Card) will allow you access to the building and the Law Library during the summer. Your 24/7 access will end after the summer that you graduate. Once your swipe card access ends, alumni visitors may gain access to the Law Library during normal hours of operation for the purpose of performing legal research or accessing U.S. Federal Depository resources held by the Library.

Alumni visitors to the College of Law during regular business hours (8:00am -- 5:00pm) should enter through the Clifton Avenue doors. Visitors with ADA issues and all after-business-hours and weekend visitors must use the sliding glass doors at the back of the building. This service is only available during hours that the Law Library is open. 

Library Hours

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

The Law Library's hours of operation vary during holidays, summer, and semester break periods. For that reason, we advise non-lawschool patrons to telephone the Law Library at 513-556-0163 in advance of their visit to confirm that the Law Library is open. Law Library hours are also posted on the College of Law website at http://www.law.uc.edu/library/home/library-hours.

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

Library Resources

What Electronic Resources Can Alumni Access?

Alumni may access UCLID, the University's online catalog, selected Law Library and University databases, or Internet access to U.S. Federal Depository resources on the web on the three public computers anywhere in the Library. Alumni also have access a limited selection of Westlaw databases through a dedicated computer located on the third floor of the Law Library. While this service does not provide access to all Westlaw databases, it does provide access to federal and state primary legal materials, as well as KeyCite.

Due to license restrictions, we cannot offer access to Lexis Advance, WestlawNext (other than through the Westlaw Public Access terminal), or B-Law. Due to license restrictions, we also cannot offer off-campus access to databases to graduates.

Checking Out Books

  • Library accounts will expire in April 2016. Once your library account expires you will no longer have the ability to check out books unless you become a community borrower or you are a member of an OhioLINK or Search Ohio library. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is a Search Ohio library.
  • Information on becoming a community borrower and borrowing privileges can be found at http://www.libraries.uc.edu/services/borrow-circulation.html.
  • Library materials not checked out may be used within the Library during regular hours. Under certain circumstances, an I.D. will be required to use materials on the premises. Photocopiers are available in the Library for the use of all patrons.

Where Else Can You Go for Resources?

Local alumni needing remote access to databases such as ALI-ABA Practical Lawyer, Aspen & LoisLaw treatises, Ebsco, HeinOnline, Fastcase, and CCH may want to become subscribers the the Hamilton County Law Library. The Hamilton County Law Library also provides on-site access to print resources, BNA, Ohio Capital Connection, Lexis, and Westlaw for its subscribers. You can see a complete list of their services and information on how to join at http://lawlibrary.hamiltoncountyohio.gov/services/

Email & IT Services

  • Current UC policy allows alumni continued access to their UConnect e-mail accounts.
  • Access to Law Library computer lab accounts will end a year after graduation. Any UC/College print subsidy will be wiped the week before Intro to Law week.
  • For a refund on any money that has been put onto a Bearcat card, alumni will need to submit a written request to the Bearcat Card Services Office. A $5.00 processing fee will be deducted from the refund.
  • Guests can access the Internet anywhere on campus where wireless internet service is currently available. When guests search for internet access, they should select the “ucguest” option. Users must review and accept UCIT’s terms of use before a connection will be allowed. Guests may need to supply identification information before access will be allowed.

Photocopiers

The Law Library provides two photocopiers for public use. Both machines accept copy cards that are available for $1.00 through vending machines near the copiers. These cards reduce the per-copy cost to $.07. The cards are issued with a $.50 balance, and value may be added at any copier. Otherwise, copies are $.10 each, and the machines accept coins and one dollar and five dollar bills. The Library Circulation Desk does not have change. Our cards do not work in any other UC library, and cards from other UC libraries will not work in our copiers.

Microform readers and reader printers are available for patrons to use at no charge.

Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material; the person using library equipment is liable for any infringement.

Study Rooms and Carrels

  • Graduating law students may use Law Library Study Rooms to study for the bar.
  • Access to study rooms for students taking the summer bar exam ends after the bar exam.
  • Carrels will be cleaned out May 30, 2015. Please make sure you retrieve any personal items and papers before this date.
  • If you are interested in a carrel for summer bar study, please contact susan.boland@uc.edu.

Directions & Parking

Directions

From I-75 Southbound

  • Travel south on I-75 until you reach the Hopple Street exit. Take the exit to the top of the overpass.
  • Turn left at the light onto Hopple. You will now be travelling east. Cross over I-75. Follow the road up the hill. Note that the street changes its name to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.
  • When you reach Clifton Avenue, make a right turn and continue up Clifton Avenue. The College of Law is at the southwestern corner of the campus. The College will be on your left at the corner of Clifton Avenue and Calhoun Street.

From I-71 Southbound

  • Take Exit 3 - Taft Rd. exit (marked University of Cincinnati exit). Taft Rd. is one-way heading west and changes to Calhoun Street at Jefferson Avenue.
  • Take Taft/Calhoun to Clifton Avenue.
  • Right on Clifton. The College of Law is at the southwestern corner of the campus. The College will be on your right at the corner of Clifton Avenue and Calhoun Street.

From I-75 Northbound

  • Travel north on I-75 until you reach the Hopple Street exit. The exit will be on your LEFT. Take the left exit up to the light. This is Hopple Street.
  • Turn left at the light onto Hopple. You will now be travelling east. Cross over I-75. Follow the road up the hill. Note that the street changes its name to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.
  • When you reach Clifton Avenue, make a right turn and continue up Clifton Avenue. The College of Law is at the southwestern corner of the campus. The College will be on your left at the corner of Clifton Avenue and Calhoun Street

From I-71 Northbound

  • Travel north until I-71 merges with I-75 just south of Florence, Kentucky.
  • Stay on I-75 across the river.
  • Follow the directions for approaching the campus on I-75 northbound.

Parking At UC

The parking most convenient to the College of Law can be found at the CCM Parking Garage, off Jefferson via Corry Boulevard; the Deaconess Garage, off Clifton via Straight Street; or the USquare (West) Garage on Calhoun. (map PDF)

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