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Visit Circulation to:

  • Browse the Study Aid Collection
  • Borrow a textbook
  • Check out a book from the general collection
  • Pick up an OhioLINK book
  • Check out a Study Room (Try our reservation system!)
  • Reserve a Study Carrel for the Semester


OhioLINK is a consortium of Ohio university and college libraries and the State Library of Ohio. OhioLINK provides access to a shared group of databases and ebooks and member libraries loan books to one another that are outside an individual library's collection.

Can’t find a book or resource at Capital Law Library after checking the catalog? In the catalog, click the OhioLINK button  to request the item be sent to the Law Library from another member library.

Study Carrel Reservations

A portion of the Law Library's study carrels are available for reservation each semester. Study carrels with the green cards on top may be reserved for specific students. Please note, we do not recommend leaving valuable items, such as electronics or textbooks in your carrel. While we will not remove any items until the end of the semester, we cannot guarantee that other individuals will leave your items alone.

Reservation process:

  • Choose a carrel with a green card and take it to the Circulation Desk.
  • You will be given a form to fill out and sign, as well as an orange card.
  • Place the orange card on the carrel to let others know it’s reserved.
  • It’s yours until the end of the semester!

Please remove your items at the end of the semester. Anything left will be deemed abandoned.

Borrowing Policies

Circulating materials from the General Collection may be checked out for a period of 21 days. Only current Capital students, faculty, and staff, Capital Law alumni, and members of the Ohio bar may borrow library materials. Patrons may email questions to a reference librarian at

Reference materials are non-circulating and may not be taken from the library. Reference materials include, but are not limited to, books labeled Reference, reporters, statutes and codes, ALRs, digests, multi-volume treatises, and periodicals.

All library materials, including interlibrary loan and OhioLINK materials, must be returned before a student can be cleared for graduation.

Renewals: Circulating materials that have not been requested by another patron may be renewed for an additional 21-day period. This renewal may be requested in person at the Circulation Desk, by phone, or online at Only two renewals per item are permitted. Materials not eligible for renewal include items requested by other patrons.

Reserve materials are available at the Circulation Desk. All Reserve materials circulate for three hours and may be renewed once. Reserve books checked out within two hours of the library’s closing may be kept overnight and are due back within the first hour after the library opens the next day. Reserve books checked out overnight cannot be renewed until a minimum of three hours have passed after the book is returned to give other students the opportunity to also borrow the book. Only CULS students may check out Reserve books overnight.

Course Materials: Beginning in Spring 2021, the Law Library began collecting one copy of each required and each recommended textbook for each course. These materials are kept on Reserve.

OhioLINK and interlibrary loan services are available to CULS faculty and currently-enrolled students. Patrons will be informed by email when their requested items are available for pick up. Any requested materials that have not been picked up within two weeks of the email notification will be returned to the lending institution.

The Law Library reserves the right to deny an interlibrary loan request if the fee charged by the lending library is excessive.

Patrons are responsible for items checked out to them until they are properly checked in. All checked-out items must be returned to the Circulation Desk when the library is open to ensure that returned items are properly checked in. The library cannot guarantee the security of items deposited at the Circulation Desk when the desk is unstaffed. Checked-out items should not be left at the Circulation Desk when the desk is closed.

The fines for overdue returns are as follows:

Overdue Reserve Materials       $5.00 per hour

Overdue Study Room Key         $10.00 per hour

Other Overdue Materials            $.25 per day

Lost Materials                             Replacement cost of the material

Patrons with overdue materials charged to their library record will lose their borrowing privileges until both the overdue materials are returned and the fines paid. No student will be cleared to graduate until all outstanding library fines have been paid.

Fines Appeals Board: Patrons may dispute library overdues or fines by contacting the reference librarian in the Reference Office (Room 421) or by e-mail at

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Information found on these pages does not constitute legal advice. Use of these guides does not create an attorney-client relationship.
Capital University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and attorneys looking for reference assistance with legal materials may contact the reference department at or call 614-236-6466 during normal reference hours.

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