This guide is intended to introduce you to the many ways that the Law Library can assist non-law patrons. 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.
Members of the general public, businesses, and organizations may access the Law Library for the purpose of conducting legal research. Individuals who wish to use the Law Library's collection of U.S. Federal Depository documents are also welcome.
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.
Hours when Law classes are in session:
The Law Library's hours of operation vary during holidays, summer, and semester break periods. For that reason, we advise you to telephone the Law Library at 513-556-0163 in advance of your 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 Librarians can facilitate a patron's use of the library, but cannot give legal advice. They can help patrons identify relevant materials and show them how to use library resources effectively. A Reference Librarian may not answer questions concerning the interpretation of the law, which law applies, or the application of law to any particular case. Also, don't forget the Library's Web page and many research guides.
The Law Library does not lend library materials to Non-UC patrons unless they are members in good standing of an OhioLINK or SearchOhio institution (if you are a member in good standing of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and have a valid pin number, for example, you can check out books) or a community borrower.
Non-UC patrons who are not members of an OhioLINK or SearchOhio institution may obtain borrowing privileges by becoming a Community Borrower. Persons wanting to become a Community Borrower must do so in person with proper identification at Langsam. For more information on becoming a Community Borrower, see http://www.libraries.uc.edu/content/dam/libraries/docs/commborrowbrochure12.pdf.
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)