The Montgomery County Law Library
I have some very good news to share. The Montgomery County Law Library will be finally reopening on the Tuesday, June 2. Beginning on that day, members will be able to utilize their full library privileges on-site again, including accessing all our databases and books, requesting assistance in person, and checking out books.
You may, however, notice a few changes when you return. Everyone who enters the Montgomery County Courts building is required to wear a face covering and only two people will be allowed to use an elevator at one time.
In addition, we have implemented several specific safety measures in the Law Library. In the spirit of 6 feet social distancing, we have installed plexiglass partitions at our front desk, segregated our patron computers, removed some chairs in our Main Room, eliminated use of our small conference rooms, reduced the occupancy of our main conference room, and created directional traffic patterns throughout our Law Library. Our staff will be wearing masks at all times, and they will observe the 6 feet rule when providing you with assistance. We will be sanitizing all computer workstations and our main conference room between uses, and regularly disinfecting common surfaces every day. We have suspended providing coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Hand sanitizer is available for use at all the computer terminals and in the library. We have also implemented safety protocols for our books that involve quarantining them for at least 72 hours before they can be returned to the shelves or circulated to a new patron. You will observe gray bins in the law library, and we ask that you place any returned books in the bin located at our entrance. We also ask that any books pulled from the shelves from the Ohio collection be placed on the tops of the bookshelves or library tabletops and books pulled while browsing the stacks be placed in the gray bins located at the end of the library stacks. Our staff will collect them, and they will be quarantined for at least 72 hours. For at least the first few months of our reopening, we will also be offering curbside pick-up and drop off of books for those who do not otherwise need to enter the Courts Building. Just call ahead to arrange a mutually convenient time with our staff.
In addition, to help all of us transition to this new business normal and ensure time for cleaning, we will be temporarily reducing our open Law Library hours. For at least the first few months, we will only be open to patrons on the 5th Floor of the Courts Building from Monday through Thursday from 9:00am-4:30pm. However, our staff will still be available by phone or email until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Fridays when our offices are closed to patrons. Only time will tell, but I am hopeful that we can resume full operating hours later this summer.
On behalf of our Board Members and staff, I would like to thank you very much for your patience and understanding while our law library was closed, and we were staying home to stay safe. We welcome you back in person and look forward to providing you with reference and research assistance once again.
Brenda Williams, Law Librarian
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About The Law Library
The Montomery County Law Library is the successor to the Dayton Law Library Association which was originally incorporated in 1868 by a group of local attorneys and was known as the Dayton Bar Association. In 1925 the Association title changed to the Dayton Law Library Association.
On January 1, 2010, the governance of the Law Library transferred to the newly formed Montgomery County Law Library Resources Board. This new county agency was established pursuant to Ohio H.B. 420 (2008) and has the responsibility to provide legal research, reference, and library services to the county and to manage the coordination, acquisition, and utilization of legal resources [ORC §307.51(B)]. The Board maintains a staffed library facility in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Building to serve all officers and employees of the political jurisdictions throughout the county as well as the general public.
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505 Montgomery County Courts Building
41 North Perry Street, PO Box 972,
Dayton, OH 45422
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