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1-L Survival Guide

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

Tables, Carrels, & Other Study Spaces

Law Library Reading RoomLibrary Seating

Library seating is found throughout the law school building. Most seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Library Seating Areas

Basement

A limited number of carrels and tables are available in the basement where the law stacks are.

First Floor

The group study rooms on this floor are for law students only and can be reserved through TWEN. 

Second Floor

Library seating on the second floor includes the Law Library Reading Room and group study rooms. The group study rooms on this floor are for law students only and can be reserved through TWEN. 

Fourth Floor

The fourth floor library seating includes carrels in the Quiet Reading Room.

Fifth Floor

The fifth floor library seating consists of open study space in room 545.

Study Rooms

Group Study RoomHow to Make a Reservation

Study rooms may be reserved through TWEN. Add the Law Library Study Rooms as a course and use that TWEN course to access the study room reservations..

Study Room Policies

The Library has ten group study rooms, 101, 103, 106, 163, 165, 227, 271, 273, 275, 276, and 277  that can be reserved. Study rooms are for law students only.

  • Only one room reservation (per individual) is permitted each day.
  • Each reservation may be for a maximum of two hours from 8am - 4pm.
  • Reservations are generally on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Persons may stay in a study room for longer than two-hours provided no one has reserved the room. Those with reservations have priority for the rooms. Those without reservations must leave when a student or group having a reservation claims the room. 
  • Please cancel your reservation if you find you no longer need it. 
  • On evenings after 6pm and on weekends, study rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Anyone leaving any items in a study room beyond the reserved time will have these items turned into the lost-and-found. The Law Library takes no responsibility for any items left in a study room. When leaving the room, please leave the room neat and clean. Contact  Circulation Manager Justin Ellis if you have questions.

Security

Safety & Security

Although the Library tries to provide a safe and secure environment for research and study, thefts can occur. Do not leave belongings unattended. The Library is not responsible for any books and personal belongings left unattended. 

Reporting Incidents

Should a theft or other incident occur:

  • call 556-1111
  • state that you are calling from the University of Cincinnati, the building name (the College of Law is the Taft Building), room number and reason for the call, and description of act and any suspect involved (if possible)
  • remain until UC Public Safety Officer arrives

 

Food & Beverages in the Law Library

Image of Water BottleBeverages

Beverages in containers with lids are permitted in Law Library spaces. 

Food

No food is permitted in the Rare Book Room. Packaged snack foods such as candy, chips, pretzels, crackers, and cookies; as well as other non-odiferous, non-messy foods are allowed in the Law Library stacks and study rooms.  Please dispose of wrappers and containers promptly. This food policy aims to strike a reasonable balance in providing an inviting and flexible study environment but also in allowing for your classmates’ enjoyment of a clean, well-kept facility without strong or lingering food smells.  It also prevents damage to library resources. All unattended food items in Law Library spaces are subject to removal and disposal by the staff.  Failure of students to handle or dispose of beverage or food properly may cause the policy to be revised.

Restrooms

The nearest restrooms to the Library Service Suite are on the 1st floor of the building near the entrance/exit closest to the Campus Green Garage. Restrooms are also available in the basement stacks area and on the 2nd and 4th floors.

Noise

Unfortunately, sound carries in the stacks and the two reading rooms.  Please avoid loud or lengthy conversations in the two reading rooms and the stacks, and any other conduct that disturbs others or disrupts their work.  Please step outside of  those spaces for cell phone conversations and turn off the ring feature on your cell phone or pager. 

Lost & Found

The Law Library maintains a lost and found area at the Circulation Desk. After a reasonable period of time, unclaimed items are disposed of or turned over to the UC Department of Public Safety.

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