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Law Library Access and Use Policies for Public Patrons

Mission and Library Hours

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 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 have access to the Law Library's resources on site 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.

Building Access

Visitors to the Law School during the class day must enter through the Clifton Avenue doors, which are open from 8 am to 5 pm. Visitors with ADA issues and all after-hours and weekend visitors must use the sliding glass doors at the back of the building. Next to these doors, a call button has been installed with voice and video links to the Library Circulation desk and the Receptionist's Desk. During public access hours, these doors can be remotely unlocked for entrance into the building. Non-law UC faculty, staff, and students will be allowed access by swipe card between the hours of 7 am and 10 pm.

Law Library Access

Public patrons may gain access to the Law Library during normal hours of operation for the purpose of performing legal research or accessing U.S. Federal Depository resources held by the Library. During the regular academic year, the Law Library is accessible to area patrons from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm on weekdays, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturdays, and 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Sundays.

The Law Library's hours of operation vary during holidays and semester break periods. For that reason, we advise public patrons to telephone the Law Library at 513-556-0163 in advance of their visit to confirm that the library is open. Law Library hours are also posted on the College of Law website at


The Law Library does not lend library materials to public patrons unless the patron is a member of the University of Cincinnati Law Alumni Association. Members of the Hamilton County Law Library who wish to check out materials should request our materials through them.

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. Photocopiers are available in the library for the use of all patrons.

Photocopiers and Microform Equipment
The Law Library provides two photocopiers for public use. Both machines accept copy cards that are available for $1.00 through vending machines near the copiers. These cards reduce the per-copy cost to $.07. The cards are issued with a zero balance, and value may be added at any copier. Otherwise, copies are $.10 each, and the machines accept coins and one dollar and five dollar bills. The Library Circulation Desk does not have change. Our cards do not work in any other UC library, and cards from other UC libraries will not work in our copiers.

Microform readers and reader printers are available for patrons to use at no charge.

Computer Resources

The Law Library provides five computers for public patrons to use for searching UCLID, the University's online catalog, selected Law Library and University databases, or gaining Internet access to U.S. Federal Depository resources on the web. These computers are located in reading room areas on the library's 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. A single computer on the 3rd floor is available for Westlaw Public Access databases. Each public access computer has printing capability. Public patrons may also use these computers to access Lexis-Nexis or Westlaw databases, provided they have established personal accounts with these vendors.

Government Documents

The Law Library is a selective depository for U.S. Federal Depository documents in print, microform and digital formats. Because the library receives only a small percentage of the government information distributed by the Federal Depository Library Program, public patrons may wish to call the Law Library's Reference Desk at 513-556-8078 in advance of their visit to ascertain whether the library has the needed information. If the Law Library cannot provide the needed resource, a law librarian may be able to refer patrons to another library that does have it.

All U.S. Federal Depository publications received by the Law Library are represented on UCLID, the online public access catalog, and are integrated with other non-government publications in the library's collections. A member of the library staff can help public patrons locate these publications onsite.

Reference Services
A Reference Librarian is generally on duty to assist all library patrons from 9:00am - 8:00pm on weekdays and on Sundays from 2:00pm - 6:00pm. Reference hours are subject to change during holidays and break periods. Due to occasional schedule changes, public patrons who need to consult with an individual Reference Librarian onsite may wish to call in advance.

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. However, a Reference Librarian may not answer questions concerning the interpretation of the law or its application to any particular case.

Smoking, Food, Beverages and Cell Phones
Beverages in containers with lids are permitted in the Library. Packaged snack foods and other non-odiferous, non-messy foods are allowed in the Library's open areas. Please dispose of wrappers and containers promptly. Smoking is not allowed in the building. Cell phones may not be used in public areas of the Law Library.

Contact Information

  • Information Desk
  • Law Library Hours
  • Reference Assistance
  • Law Library Operations
  • Law Library Director