In accordance with the university's coronavirus (COVID-19) policy, the library's stacks will be closed to all except library staff. Books can be requested through the library catalog, as described below under "Checking Out Books." There will be a pickup option at the law library starting Monday, August 24th. Contact a reference librarian if you have any difficulty.
If you need scans of relatively short page ranges such as a chapter of a book in the law library, email the circulation department at email@example.com. If you need a scan from a book in another OSU library, use the main library's "Article Express" service: https://library.osu.edu/ill/article-express.
Use this Map, which can also be found posted around the library, to see where particular call numbers are located.
Since books and other materials on the same subject are given similar call numbers, browse the neighboring shelves to find more books on the same topic.
To locate relevant books, search by keyword, title, author, etc. in the following catalogs:
Find tips on how to use these catalogs here: http://guides.osu.edu/help/home
In the Library Catalog, use the red "Request this item" button for items not in the Moritz Law Library collection but available at other OSU library locations. To complete the request, you will need to enter your name, as it appears on your BuckID, and your University ID number, which is the shorter string of numbers on your BuckID. You will receive an email message when the item arrives.
In the Library Catalog, also notice the blue "OhioLINK catalog" button, which you can use to search other Ohio academic libraries for a book. Once in the OhioLINK catalog, use the green "Request" button to request delivery of a book to the law library. To complete the request, you will need to enter your name, as it appears on your BuckID, and your University ID number, which is the shorter string of numbers on your BuckID. You will receive an email message when the item arrives.
If you cannot find a book in the Library Catalog or on OhioLINK, check WorldCat to see if a library outside Ohio has the item. To request a book available through WorldCat, fill out an orange interlibrary loan request form at the reference desk or use the main library's interlibrary service, ILLiad. If you need a PDF of a source that replicates the print version, specify this in the online form.
Many print books are also available as e-books. If you are searching for e-books, visit our Legal Research Databases: E-Books guide for a list of useful databases. Additionally, older books that are no longer in copyright are often available online. Try searching Google Books or the Internet Archive.
OSU Libraries has partnered with the HathiTrust Digital Library to archive a large portion of our materials and make them digitally available to students. To see whether a material is available, locate it using the Library Catalog, then look for the HathiTrust logo under "Additional Information."
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