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1-L Survival Guide

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


Welcome to the  Robert S. Marx Law Library! 

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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!

Library Access & Hours

Library Access & Hours

The Law Library physical space is closed to everyone except law faculty, staff, and students. For those planning to come on-campus, please visit for COVID-19 and Return to Campus updates. For updates on other UC Libraries, please visit the UC Library Services Update page.

Summer Hours

The Law Library and College of Law building will be available to law students the following hours:

  • Monday -- Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • The College of Law building and the Law Library physical spaces will be closed May 31 and July 4

You can check Library hours at 556-0163 or at


If you need circulation assistance, please contact the Collections & Access Librarian, Lisa Wernke


Take advantage of Reference Librarian expertise! Schedule an appointment or ask a research question 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

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 Victoria Hayes, Financial Administrator at

Important Contact Information & Links

Library Director:

Michael Whiteman 
Associate Dean for Law Library Services and Director of the Robert S. Marx Law Library
Professor of Practice
Room 314B, Marx Law Library

Public & Research Services:

Information Technology:

Those seeking IT support and information should contact the following:

University of Cincinnati Libraries

PO Box 210033 Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0033

Phone: 513-556-1424

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