Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, the Hamilton County Law Library closed its facility beginning at 4pm on March 13. We will remain closed through April 30 following federal social distancing guidelines.

With the Law Library closed, subscribers still have access to the majority of the Law Library’s resources, just not the delicious coffee, computers, newspapers or the fancy new subscriber suite.

How do subscribers access our resources?

The easiest way is to email us. All subscribers have access to remote reference assistance. What does that mean? Email us at reference@cms.hamilton-co.org and let us know what you need and we’ll do our best to get it to you.

We still have access to Westlaw, PACER, HeinOnline, Ohio Capitol Connection and all of our other great resources. A trained reference librarian will be monitoring that email during our regular business hours of 7-4 Monday-Friday. The only thing we don’t have access to are our print books, but we can still email our listservs to see if any other county law library has what you need.

If you’re used to researching on your own or need to look something up when we’re not answering email, here’s how you do that.

Log in to our website. If you need your login information, email the reference email above. Navigate to the Research Tab, then Databases. For most subscribers, you will be automatically directed to the databases pages, but if not you may need to click on the “Remote Access Databases” link at the top of the page.

All Law Library subscribers have access to:

Ebooks – Both Anderson’s and West Academic titles are available for checkout.

National Consumer Law Center – Books on debtor’s rights, mortgages and foreclosures, credit and banking, deception and warranties and consumer litigation. Email the reference box for a login.

EBSCOhost Legal form – Largely NOLO materials and forms.

 

All solo subscribers and 100% subscribing firms of under 50 attorneys have access to: (Email us if you aren’t sure)

Fastcase - Primary law from all 50 states, as well as deep federal coverage. Sources include cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, constitutions, newspaper archives, legal forms, and Wolters Kluwer treatises.

HeinOnline - Comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 1,800 law and law-related periodicals, ALI publications, CFR, Federal Register, U.S. Code, session laws, state statutes, and legal classics. Hein also has Restatements and prior versions of law for most states.

Wolters Kluwer Cheetah - Database of primary and secondary sources related to litigation practice, including discovery, evidence, trial procedures, taxation, and business.