Library Use Policies
The Law Library is open to local government officials, subscribers, and the public for the purpose of legal research. All library patrons are to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of the normal activities and function of the Library, its staff, and of other patrons. Library patrons may not engage in inappropriate use of library facilities, which include actions which harm or constitute a nuisance to other patrons including their belongings, the library collection, and the library facilities. The Law Librarian shall have discretion to determine inappropriate use of library facilities. Use of the library is a privilege, not a right, so users who fail to comply with library policy will be asked to leave. Here are more detailed library use policies:
After Hours Use
Library use is limited to normal business hours when the Library is staffed. Patrons are not allowed access to the Library when it is closed.
Library patrons may not engage in disruptive, improper, or illegal behavior, including but not limited to harassment, solicitation, intimidation, unauthorized practice of law, and disturbances.
Library staff is not responsible for personal items left unattended in the Library. Excessive amounts of personal material are disallowed. Personal items are not to be left unattended in the Library except when secured in a locker. A limited number of lockers are available to subscribers. Unattended personal items may be subject to removal, search and/or confiscation by security personnel.
Food and Drink
Food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in the Library. Patrons are expected to demonstrate care for library materials and equipment and to clean up any spills and trash. Tobacco use is not allowed in the Library.
Mobile Phones and Other Electronic Communications Devices
Mobile phones and other electronic communications devices are permitted in the Library. As a courtesy to other patrons, all patrons are asked to set their devices to beep or vibrate mode and to be respectful of other patrons when taking calls.
Children below high school age must be accompanied by and supervised by an adult. All patrons are expected to follow the Library’s rules of conduct.
A computer lab is available for use by library subscribers and Hamilton County officials and judges. Users must enter current login information. Visitors may use the public computers in the main reading room of the library for access to publicly available resources. Computer use must be legal and in compliance with standard acceptable computer use policy. If all computers are in use and other patrons are waiting, the Law Librarian reserves the right to impose time restrictions.
Conference rooms are available for reservation by subscribers and Hamilton County officials and judges. Other patrons may use the conference rooms in accordance with library policy and with the understanding that they may be asked to vacate a room for use by primary users. In the case of a shortage of space, preference will be given to group meetings.
The subscriber lounge area is restricted to current law library subscribers, library staff, and county elected and appointed officials only, except when members of the public are invited to attend a library program, public meetings, or are otherwise accompanied by a subscriber, county official, or staff member.
Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Equipment
The user will be held personally responsible for the full cost associated with the repair or replacement of lost, stolen, or damaged library equipment, as well as for any fines associated with the late return of the equipment. A piece of equipment will be considered lost or stolen when it is three days overdue.
Circulation privileges will be suspended until the invoice for replacement or repair is paid in full. Further, all library subscriber privileges will be revoked for any user, subscriber, or firm that fails to pay an invoice for library fines and fees within 60 days of the date of the invoice. Unresolved matters will be referred to the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney for action.
The Library follows County policy regarding closing during inclement weather and other emergencies. When possible, closings will be announced in advance via Library’s website. Otherwise, patrons should watch for news of Hamilton County and Courthouse closings.
Discretion of the Law Librarian
No policy can address all potential circumstances. The Law Librarian reserves the right to address issues on a case by case basis including, but not limited to disruptive and harassing behavior, requests for privileges, and use of facilities. The Hamilton County Law Library Board retains the right to protect the interests of our patrons to the safe and peaceful use of our facility. The Sheriff’s Department maintains the security of the Courthouse. Library employees who have reason to believe that disruptive conduct or theft are occurring are able to summon Sheriffs to remove disruptive persons from the Library, and to ask Sheriffs to take appropriate law enforcement action to deal with alleged theft. In cases of extreme disruption or repeated misconduct, named persons may be banned by the Director from further entry into the Law Library.