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COVID-19 Library Updates

This guide provides information and updates to the Moritz community about library services and access during campus precautions for COVID-19 coronavirus.

University COVID-19 Policy

January 8, 2021

The Moritz Law Library will reopen to law students, faculty, and staff on Monday, January 25.


November 20, 2020

The Moritz Law Library is currently closed. 

In compliance with the state and county's public health advisories, President Johnson's message to the University, and Dean Davies' message to the College of Law, the Moritz Law Library has closed as of Friday, November 20.


August 14, 2020

The Ohio State University is under a state of emergency, effective Sunday, March 22. Moritz College of Law remains open, but with restrictions outlined in this guide as well as on the college's main webpage: https://moritzlaw.osu.edu/about/together-as-buckeyesautumn-2020

To stay on top on what services are available through the Moritz Law Library, be sure to check this page for periodic updates. 

January 8, 2021 Update

Computers & Printing

The Moritz Law Library's computer lab will reopen on January 25.

We have relocated two computers and a printer into the Public Service Law Center, which is located on the first floor of Drinko Hall, beside Saxbe Auditorium. Paper and toner will be checked weekly. Contact lawcirc@osu.edu with any questions. The Center is open Sunday through Saturday, from 8am to 8pm. Students must swipe into the Center using their BuckID.

The printer and the two computers will remain in the Public Service Law Center during the spring semester.

Reference

The Reference Desk remains remotely staffed to answer questions via phone, email, or live chat. Starting Monday, January 11, the Reference Desk will be staffed from 10am to 4pm.

Visit the Ask a Librarian page for more details.

Scanning

The Circulation Staff will continue to be in the building, but only for a limited number of hours per week. Therefore, they are still able to scan materials from the Law Library collection, but students, faculty, and staff should expect a longer wait time.

Information on how to request scans is available under the Library Services tab of this Guide (see “PDF Scans”). If you are requesting materials as part of your journal’s accuracy check, please send your requests to the Reference Desk (lawlibref@osu.edu) so that Circulation’s inbox is not overwhelmed.

Borrowing & Returning Items

**This policy remains in place until January 25**

If you would like a book in the law library and you would like to pick it up in Drinko Hall, email the circulation staff (lawcirc@osu.edu) to have a staff member retrieve it from you and arrange pickup in Drinko Hall. Since the Law Library is closed, you cannot choose the law library as a pick-up location in the catalog.

Contact-free pick-ups at Thompson Library are available for requests from other libraries on campus and for OhioLINK requests. Select Thompson Library as the pick-up location in the catalog. Once your request is ready, you will receive a confirmation email with additional instructions.

To return your items, we suggest using Thompson Library’s book drop, which is located on Neil Avenue by the loading dock on the north side of the Library. All items are quarantined for five days before being checked in. Items will remain on your library account during this time. For more information, please see the University Libraries’ updated guide to Library Services During COVID-19.

If you or a member of your household are ill, University Libraries asks that you continue to renew your materials and wait to return them until you have been symptom-free for 72 hours.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Circulation Department at lawcirc@osu.edu.

 

Library Hours & Closures

January 8, 2021

The Moritz Law Library will reopen to law students, faculty, and staff on Monday, January 25. For the spring semester, the library will be open during the following hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday & Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • **Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

** Use of the library on Sundays from noon to 1 p.m. is reserved for students, faculty, and staff in COVID-19 risk categories.

Instructional break hours:

  • Sunday, February 28: Closed
  • Monday, March 1: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 2: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 18: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 19: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The law library is closed on federal holidays and may have adjusted hours during break. For a full list of hours and closures, please see our Hours & Location pageAll students are required to leave the library at closing. 

If the Moritz Law Library is unable to open due to staff illness or any other circumstance, students will be notified here.

Updates

January 8, 2021

Library Hours & Closures were amended. The November 20, 2020 Update was updated. 


November 20, 2020

University COVID-19 Policy and Library Hours & Closures were amended. The November 20, 2020 Update was added to the Homepage.


September 18, 2020

Library Policy regarding the Study Rooms was amended. 


September 4, 2020

Library Policy regarding the Loud Floor was amended. The first and second floors of the library and now Loud Floors.  


August 19, 2020

The guide's Library Policies, Library Services, and Resources pages have been updated. Information on the Seat Reservation System will be provided soon.


August 14, 2020

The Moritz Law Library will re-open to the law school community on Sunday, August 23rd, one day prior to the start of the fall semester. Hours will be posted on the law library main page. Consistent with policies across the University, all visitors to the library must wear a face mask and maintain at least six feet of distance between others.

Many of our staff members continue to work from home. The reference desk will not be staffed in person, but we will keep offering virtual reference service to the law school community and others needing assistance. See our Ask A Librarian page for the various ways to contact us.

See the tabs at left for more information on available resources, as well as library services and policies during this time.

We will continually update this guide with new information.