Welcome To The Cleveland Law Library Located On The 4th Floor Of The Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Courthouse

The Law Library's Front Desk serves dual functions as both a reference and circulation desk where members can find information, ask for assistance, and check out or return books. Staff offices are located directly behind the Front Desk for the convenience of patrons.

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Front Desk

The Law Library's Ready-Reference Desk houses court rules, legal dictionaries, citators, and other commonly used reference tools. This desk is also where staff display new books of interest to the legal community and check in attendees for in-person CLE programs, legal clinics and book discussions.


Ready-Reference Desk

The Law Library supports Ohio Legal scholarship by continuing to purchase Ohio law reviews and journals.

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Ohio Law Reviews & Journals

The Law Library's Audio-Visual collection is ideally customized for trial practitioners.

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Audio-Visual Collection

The Law Library's wall monitor displays information about all of the Law Library's services and programs.


Wall Monitor

The Law Library obtained a grant from the State Library of Ohio to purchase this equipment to modernize microform services for researching Ohio Legislative history.


Microform Reader/Printer

Every Wednesday, members of the public are welcome to browse the Law Library's print collection on-site and use this public access Kiosk to conduct online legal research.


Public Access Kiosk

The Law Library showcases special exhibits in this display cabinet.

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Display Cabinet

This information rack holds print copies of the Law Library's policies and brochures.

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Information Rack

This entrance takes you into the Law Library's Main Reading Room, which was named after Arthur W. Fiske, who served as the Law Library Director for 42 years during a period of extensive growth in the Library's collection and services.


Entrance To Main Reading Room

The Law Library provides 4 patron terminals that are reserved for Members who wish to conduct their own legal research. The Law Library provides Members with free access to many legal research databases, including Lexis, Westlaw, Ohio Capital Connection and HeinOnline. The Law Library also provides word processing capabilities so that members can use the Law Library as a second office.

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Patron Computers

The Law Library's collection of new books and law reviews is located next to the patron computers. The Law Library's collection of federal materials is located further into the Main Room


New Materials/Federal Materials

The breadth and scope of the Law Library's subject matter collection surrounds and frames a beautiful frieze of a New England Town Meeting by the artist, Max Bohm.


Mural-Main Reading Room

The grandeur of the Law Library's Main Reading Room can be seen in antique wooden tables where patrons can pull up a chair and read or browse research materials from the shelves. The Main Room is also the perfect place to plug in a laptop and utilize free, wireless Internet access.

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Main Reading Room

The suspended balconies in the Law Library's Main Room contain archival Ohio materials and specialty collections of English and Canadian materials.

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East Balcony

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West Balcony

The Law Library maintains an extensive collection of Ohio legal research materials.

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Ohio Legal Research Materials

Patrons may browse The Law Library's print collection of law reviews and journals, almost all of which are also available through online databases that the Law Library purchases.

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Law Reviews & Journals

Law Library Members may reserve Conference Room No. 1, which seats 12 people comfortably, for meetings and depositions.

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Conference Room No. 1

Law Library Members may reserve Conference Room No. 2 (seats 4) for smaller meetings.

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Conference Room No. 2

Law Library Members may reserve Conference Room No. 3 (seats 6) for meetings or depositions. This room includes a fully functional desktop PC.

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Conference Room No. 3

In honor of the Law Library's 150th Anniversary, staff transformed this room from a hub for historical CD-ROM research into a brand-new Technology Center equipped with tech tables and high-speed Wi-Fi access. For fun, this room doubled as an Escape Room during the Law Library's 150th Anniversary celebrations.

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Technology Center

1 West Lakeside Avenue, FL4   •   Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1078   •   Email: lawlib@clelaw.lib.oh.us   •   Phone: (216) 861-5070   •   Fax: (216) 861-1606


Created on: April 26, 2004 -