Accessing Law Library Services and Spaces Fall 2020

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As a part of the university’s efforts to maintain a small footprint that is both safe and supportive, the law library will continue to provide the majority of our services virtually. While we invite you into the library as often as you need to support your learning, we ask that you continue to think about your safety and others and use the library only as necessary. Be sure to submit the university’s required Social Contract and complete your daily health assessment before you come on campus to visit the law library.

All students may wish to visit the library’s 1L Orientation Materials since some procedures included there are in response to the pandemic and will be new to everyone.

Safety Measures

The law library will be open to current university faculty, staff and students only. Each user will need to swipe a current Viking Card at the entry card reader. For safety and contact tracing purposes, do not allow others to enter the library with you when you swipe into the library.

A mask must be worn while in the law library. If you forget your mask, they will be available for purchase in vending machines across campus. Due to the mask requirement, food and beverages will not be permitted in the law library until further notice.

Cleaning materials will be available throughout the library. Please wipe down any surfaces you have touched before you vacate a space in the library.

While library staff may be visible working in their offices, office meetings will not be permitted according to university policy. Please use the methods of contact listed here or, to reach a particular individual, contact that person by phone or email.

Law Student Only Space

The second floor of the law library will be open to law students only. To ensure the seating is only occupied by law students, seats will be managed by the online reservation system currently used for study rooms.

The Learning Commons pods may be occupied by no more than two users at a time with physical distancing of 6 ft. Soft seating and tables in the Commons may only be occupied by one user at a time, except conference sized tables that can support two users. The capacity of the Learning Commons is 56. The space will be monitored for occupancy and the door to the Commons may be locked to manage capacity.

Hours

(updated hours always available at https://www.law.csuohio.edu/lawlibrary/hours)

  • Building hours: M-Th: 8 AM-7:30 PM
  • Virtual hours for research help/library information: M-Th: 8AM-8PM & Fri 8AM-5PM
  • Virtual hours for IT support: M-F: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Closures (no building access or virtual service provided)

  • Labor Day: September 7
  • Ohio Bar Exam: October 5 & 6 (Remote service only)
  • Veterans’ Day: November 11
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 25 - 27

Checking out regularly circulating CSU-owned materials

Upon request, library staff will retrieve items for you and place them on shelves in the law library lobby for your retrieval. Students who do not wish to be inside the library building may arrange to pick items up at the library loading dock. Library users are not permitted retrieve books from the library stacks or bring books to the service desk for checkout. Any book that has been handled by someone other than library staff will have to be quarantined for 72 hours before it can be checked out.

To request materials from either campus library, you may:

Notifications will be sent to the requester’s CSU email once the hold is available for pickup. Holds will be processed hourly when the library is open.

Course Reserves

Print course reserves will not be maintained in the library. Journal materials will be checked out in the name of the journal and maintained in that journal’s office. Professors will inform their classes if they plan to have other types of reserves available for their students.

We will not be loaning electronics like cell phone chargers this fall.

OhioLINK borrowing/lending

Expect delays in delivery of materials requested from OhioLINK. The law library will only receive OhioLINK deliveries on Mondays and Thursdays. OhioLINK materials will be quarantined upon delivery and return to the law library for 72 hours. Please plan ahead when requesting and returning OhioLINK library materials to allow for quarantine delays.

Notifications will be sent to the requester’s CSU email once holds are available for pickup. To pick up holds, go to the bookshelves just inside the law library entrance where items will be stored in manila folders labeled with the requester’s name. Students who do not wish to enter the library may make arrangements to pick materials up at the library loading dock.

Returning all print materials

You may now return any books you had checked out during the spring and summer semesters. Please let us know if you have incurred fines; we will waive them. Library users are not permitted to bring library materials to the service desk for return.

All items must be returned to the book drop in the law school atrium area. Books may returned Monday – Thursday only. Library materials must be quarantined for 72 hours before staff can retrieve them. Library accounts will not reflect the return until the Monday of the week after the return. If you believe you will have an issue with due dates, first, attempt to renew the item in your library account at https://scholar.csuohio.edu/ If you are unable to renew or you do not wish to enter the library to return materials, call (216) 687-2250 during business hours or email libraryinformation.servicesnull@law.csuohio.nulledu

Reference and Research Support

Reference and research support, including things like getting copies of sources you need, navigating databases, Bluebooking and conducting non-legal research, will continue to be provided remotely by email, phone, chat, or via Zoom. You may ask a research question or request a research consultation by:

Legal research consultations will be held virtually using Zoom or by phone.

Many research needs can be met by consulting a librarian-developed, online research guide. Research guides can be located at https://guides.law.csuohio.edu/?b=g&d=a

Legal Research Seminars

The library’s Legal Research Seminar series will continue to be accessible virtually at our Legal Research Seminars page.

IT Support

Tech support will continue to be provided virtually using the IT Ticket System. Send your request to information.technologynull@law.csuohio.nulledu. Any support that requires handling of hardware will be provided by arrangement only after remote efforts have failed. During high use times, such as exam periods, IT Staff will set up Zoom Rooms for assistance.

Study Rooms

Study rooms will be open for solo use only for as long as physical distancing measures are in place. We will not lock study rooms as a safety measure and recommend doors remain open during use to encourage air circulation and minimize surface contact.

August 24 – October 6 graduates studying for the bar exam will have priority access to study rooms. Reservations by current law students will be accepted for rooms that have not been claimed for bar study by 10:00 AM for three hour intervals.

Please cooperate with your peers by vacating your study room at the appointed time to permit the next user access and by wiping down any surfaces you have touched in the room. Study rooms can be reserved at http://law.csuohio.libcal.com/.

Library Carrels & Tables

Study tables should be used by only one person at a time. Maintain 6 ft of physical distance when using study carrels. Masks should be worn at study tables and carrels. Carrels are clearly marked if they should not be used and chairs at those carrels have been removed. Please do not use carrels that are marked – they are not being cleaned. After using a study carrel or table, wipe down all of the surfaces you have touched.

First Floor Student Lounge and A066

The first floor student lounge and A066 will remain closed until physical distancing measures are no longer required.

Library Computer Lab

Keyboard/mouse combinations have been removed from alternate computer stations to maintain physical distancing measures. Each computer that is available for use has a washable keyboard/mouse combination. Wipe down the keyboard and mouse after use, as well as any surrounding surfaces you have touched. Do not congregate in the computer lab – the lab should be used for computer access and retrieval of print jobs only.

Self-Service Printing

Printing in the library computer labs will remain self-service. Please print only those items that you have an immediate use for and pick them up expediently to minimize the need for others to linger at printers. Maintain a 6 ft physical distance from others at the printer and wipe down any surfaces you come into contact with retrieving your documents.

The law library will be observing the requirements of the University’s Health and Safety Statement

Students who do not follow these health and safety requirements will be instructed to leave the library immediately. Repeated violations of these health-saving protocols may lead to sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct (3344-83-04 [E] and [Z]) up to and including suspension or expulsion.

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