Ohio Revised Code 307.51 established a county law library which shall not charge any fee for any service provided to any member of the general assembly or to any officer or employee of a county, municipal, or township government or court located within that county when the officer or employee is acting within the scope of the officer's or employee's employment and shall have a policy regarding public use.
The law library has a duty to avoid engaging in the unauthorized practice of law and/or the recommendation of attorney-client relationships. Therefore, the law library recommends that anyone taking legal action, or considering whether or not such legal action is appropriate, consult with an attorney. The law library will not provide interpretation of any legal material or give any legal advice. The law library will not provide assistance with personal technological devices including phones, tablets, laptops, or storage devices.
County and State Employees
The law library shall provide legal research, reference, and library services at no cost to the county and to the municipal corporations, townships, and courts within the county, to any member of the general assembly or to any officer or employee of a county, municipal, or township government or court located within that county when the officer or employee is acting within the scope of the officer's or employee's employment.
Authorized Legal Practitioners
The law library shall provide legal research, reference, and library services to those who are licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and any paralegal or secretary of an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio. Fees for document delivery may be charged.
The law library shall provide legal research, reference and library services to any reference librarian at one of the seven public library systems in Franklin County if they are placing the call on behalf of one of their patrons. Fees for document delivery may be charged.
The law library shall provide legal research, reference and library services to citizens of the State of Ohio. Fees for document delivery may be charged.
Standard Behavior Guidelines
Patrons must be respectful of the rights of other patrons and those not adhering to the following library guidelines will forfeit all library privileges:
- Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Patrons should be aware of their volume level while in the library. This includes when talking to another patron, talking on a cell phone, watching or listening to media in the computer labs, etc.
- Patrons should refrain from using profane, obscene, abusive, and racially or ethnically offensive language.
- Patrons should be respectful of other patrons and library staff. Patrons who are intimidating, hostile, violent, or offensive will be asked to leave the library.
- Patrons may not damage, vandalize or steal any property belonging to the law library.
- Patrons may not gamble, panhandle or solicit money for any personal profit while in the law library.
- Patrons must be dressed and groomed properly. Shoes and shirts are required when using the library.
- Anyone wishing to post or distribute materials must submit the material for review and approval.
- Patrons may not be under the influence, possess drugs or alcohol, or attempt to sell drugs or alcohol.
- Only certified service animals may be brought into the law library.
- Patrons must refrain from sleeping, smoking, or chewing tobacco in the law library.
- Patrons may not use the law library as a personal office.
- Food is prohibited at the computer work stations. Only beverages with lids are permitted at the computer work stations.
Conference Room Guidelines
The Law Library has one conference room which will accommodate up to 10 individuals. The conference room may be used by any citizen of Central Ohio who must adhere to the following rules and guidelines.
- Adherence to the Law Library's Standard Behavior Guidelines is expected of all conference room users.
- Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis, no more than three months in advance. Any person reserving the conference room, henceforth knows as the Licensee, must be at least 21 years of age. The Licensee will be held responsible for the use and condition of the conference room and the activities of the group, and for ensuring that the rules and polices of the Law Library are followed by all persons in the conference room.
- No meeting shall take place before 8:00 am and all parties must be out of the Law Library by 5:00 pm.
- If reserving party has not claimed the conference room within 15 minutes of scheduled time, the reservation is voided and the conference room will become available to other parties.
- Authorization to use the Law Library's facilities is not an endorsement by the Library Staff or the Board of Trustees of the viewpoints presented in the program. Any fliers, posters, or other advertisement announcing a meeting at the Library must contain the following statement: "The use of the Franklin County Law Library facilities does not indicate endorsement of any group by the Franklin County Law Library."
- No person or entity using the conference room is permitted to deny admission to the conference room to any person on the basis of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, military status, or disability status.
- No product or service shall be sold, exchanged or solicited on the Law Library premises. An exception may be made for Law Library-sponsored or co-sponsored functions. No fees or dues may be charged or solicited on the Law Library premises.
- Activities that are illegal or unsafe, use dangerous materials, or disrupt the operation of the Law Library are not permitted. Use of alcohol, tobacco products and open flames is prohibited.
- Food is permitted in the conference rooms, but the use of Sterno or other fuel sources or lighted candles is prohibited.
- Damages to Law Library property may result in the loss of conference room privileges. A reasonable fee for repair, replacement, or clean-up may be assessed.
- Meetings must always be accessible to the Law Library Staff.
- The Library Director may waive any conference room regulation and may deny or cancel any application for reservation of meeting room space or for good cause. The Law Library reserves the right to end a meeting and remove the participants from the conference room if the group, or any individual, is acting in a manner that is or has the potential to be destructive or disruptive to the Law Library.
- The Law Library is not responsible for injuries to people, nor for damage or loss of property belonging to individuals or groups using the conference rooms.
- The Franklin County Law Library Resource Board reserves the right to amend this policy at any time. This policy will be reviewed on a regular basis.
H. Ritchey Hollenbaugh, Esq.
Sally W. Bloomfield, Esq.
Hon. David W. Fais
Hon. Patrick M. McGrath
Kathleen M. Trafford, Esq.
Angela T. Baldree, MLS
Jennifer D. Jones
Public Services Librarian
Public Services Librarian
Janice K. Young
All meetings start at 5:00 pm in the Law Library
February 15, 2017
May 17, 2017
August 16, 2017
November 15, 2017