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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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)