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Non-Law School Patron Guide to Law Library Access and Use Policies

This guide describes access and use policies at the Robert S. Marx Law Library for non-law students, staff, faculty, and members of the public.


Welcome to the Robert S. Marx Law Library!

Circulation DeskThis 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.

Library Access & Hours

Library Access

The Law Library is still under construction and currently our stacks are closed. UC and persons affiliated with an OhioLINK library should request books through UCLID or the OhioLINK catalog. All others should request books through your public library. Persons not affiliated with the law school should call 513-556-3016 before visiting.

Library Service Hours

Circulation and reference are only available during certain hours. Hours vary during holidays. You can check Library hours at 556-0163 or at If you need circulation assistance, please contact the Circulation Manager, Justin Ellis.

  • Circulation hours:
    • Monday -- Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
    • Closed Saturday and Sunday
    • Closed Monday, Sept. 5, 2022


Take advantage of Reference Librarian expertise! Schedule an appointment 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 Emergencies & Facilities Issues

To report an emergency, dial 911. To report any personal non-emergency or after hours facility-related urgent issues, please call UC Public Safety at 556-1111. To report facility-related issues during business hours, please contact the Circulation Manager, Justin Ellis.

Lending of Library Materials

  • 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.  

  • Library materials may be used within the Library during regular hours, but may not be removed from the Library. Under certain circumstances, an I.D. will be required to use materials on the premises. A photocopier and scanner are available in the Library for the use of all patrons.

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