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. Law students, law faculty, and law staff have 24/7 access to the Law Library. New graduates retain their 24/7 access through the summer. Other patrons may only remain in the Library during the hours that the Law Library is open. Please visit uc.edu/publichealth for COVID-19 and Return to Campus updates. For updates on other UC Libraries, please visit the UC Library Services Update page. You can check Library hours at 556-0163 or at https://law.uc.edu/education/library.html.
The Law Library's hours of operation vary during holidays. 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 our website.
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.
To consult with a reference librarian, please contact the circulation desk prior to your trip to the law library to set-up a consultation appointment. Patrons who come to the law library may use the resources available to the public, but without first making a consultation appointment, there is no guarantee a reference librarian will be available to assist you with your research needs. 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 the UC Libraries Borrow Materials page.
The parking most convenient to the College of Law can be found at the CCM Parking Garage, off Jefferson via Corry Boulevard or the USquare (West) Garage on Calhoun. (map PDF)
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