Law Library Services

Reference
The law library has a trained and experienced staff to provide reference service to patrons. Reference staff frequently suggest or search for appropriate reference books, indexes and bibliographies, and advise patrons on problems of research method and suggest alternatives or related source material.

Library staff members cannot offer legal advice.

Legal Research and Advice Policy - Public Patrons

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Library Cards
All patrons must complete an application form and show photo identification. All library materials are subject to recall when needed by the Court. Therefore, borrowing privileges are restricted to individuals living and/or working in the Columbus metropolitan area. The chronic late returns of library materials can result in the loss of borrowing privileges.

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Circulation
All patrons will be able to check out five items at a time. Patrons can check out materials for two weeks. Patrons may renew these items twice, either in person, by telephone or online. Materials from the reference and Ohio collections do not circulate. Interlibrary loan materials circulate for a three month period with one renewal.

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Online Databases
The following databases may be accessed by patrons INSIDE the Library:

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Copies, Printouts, and Faxes
There are copy machines and printers in the library for patrons. Patrons are expected to make their own copies and pay for the copies/printouts at the circulation desk after finishing. There is a 10 cents per page charge.

Patrons who work for state government agencies are allowed free copies for official use after properly identifying themselves.

Faxes are 25 cents for local transmissions and five cents a page for long distance transmissions. Payment must be made at the time of transmission. There is no charge for faxes received at the library.

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