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Circulation Loan Periods

CSU College of Law Faculty/Staff15 weeks
CSU University Faculty/Staff15 weeks
CSU College of Law Students4 weeks
CSU Students3 weeks
CSU Graduate Students4 weeks
CSU College of Law Alumni3 weeks
Ohio Bar Association Members3 weeks
OhioLINK materials3 weeks
Audiovisual materials for all patrons1 week
OhioLINK Audiovisual materials for all patrons1 week (no renewal)
Materials to public patrons3 weeks
Iphone/Macbook chargers (CSU students and staff only)2 hours

View Your Record in Scholar

Manage your check-outs and holds by logging into Your Account in Scholar, the Library catalog. In your account, you can also view fines and renew items. To log in, you will need your name, CSU ID number, and a PIN number that you assign.

Checking Out

Students, Faculty and Staff:  In order to check out materials from the Law Library, you need to have a VikingCard. Get your VikingCard at the VikingCard Office located in Room 112 of Berkman Hall (formerly, Main Classroom.)

Alumni:  Obtain an Alumni Borrower's card via this online form or in person at the Information Services Desk.

Ohio Bar Members:  Apply for a borrower's card in person by presenting your Ohio Bar card.

Students/Faculty of Ohiolink Institutions:  Use your institution's ID card

Public Patrons:  A valid library card from a participating OhioLink institution or SearchOhio library card

Renewing Materials

Renew your library materials through Scholar or by calling the Information Services Desk at (216) 687-2250. The number of times an item can be renewed depends upon the lender and the material type.

  • CSU College of Law Library materials: 3 renewals
  • OhioLink materials: 6 renewals
  • Inter-Library Loan materials: Case-by-case basis
  • Audio-Visual materials: Case-by-case basis

Please note that all materials are subject to immediate recall.

Fine Policies

For Law Library Items

  • Item Replacement Fee (for lost materials): $90

See the Michael Schwartz Library’s policy page for information on fines at the main library.

For OhioLINK Items

  • Late fee: $0.50 per day
  • Returned items 30 days or more overdue: $50.00.
  • Item Replacement Fee (for lost materials): $125.00

Reserve and Reference Materials

The Reserve (RR) collection is located at the Information Services Desk. It contains bound volumes of course examinations and faculty evaluations. The Law faculty course reserve items are also located in this area. Reserve materials are available upon request for a two-hour period. A valid form of identification must be presented when checking out reserve material.

Reference materials can only be used in the library.

Apple MACBOOK / IPHONE Chargers

The law library has Macbook (with converters) and Iphone chargers available for CSU students/staff to check out for two hours at a time.  Students/staff must have their CSU ID to check out the chargers.  If the original charger is not returned or damaged, the law library will assess a replacement charge.  These charges are as follows:

  • Apple Magsafe Power Charger - $79.00
  • Apple Magsafe Converter - $10.00
  • Iphone Charger - $19.00


The Law Library is a collection of a vast body of complex information. Law librarians are experienced legal researchers, and are able to assist you in locating legal information. Law librarians can help you learn how to use law books and legal information sources, but we cannot do your research for you.

Law librarians cannot give legal advice. They cannot interpret the law for you, or apply the law to your particular set of circumstances. When confronted with a legal problem, you should consult an attorney.