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Law Library Resources During Closure: Law Library Resources

Even as the law school has moved to remote work and classes move online, you can access library resources. The Law Library's homepage is: https://libguides.okcu.edu/lawlibraryhome and specific resources you might need are listed below. 

Library services are limited to students, faculty, and staff while the Law School operates remotely.

Fall 2020 Library Use Policies

Library Access:

The Law School building and library will be open to students Monday – Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Students will not be permitted in the building outside of these hours unless otherwise notified. Announcements will be made 15 minutes prior to closing.

The library will be closed to attorneys, the public, and other visitors for the entire fall semester.

Circulation of Print Items:

General Collection, Oklahoma, and Native American Collection items will circulate as usual. Patrons will return items to the book drop at circulation desk to be quarantined for 72 hours before being re-shelved.

The print study aid collection will circulate as usual on a three-day checkout. Patrons will return items to the book drop at circulation desk to be quarantined for 72 hours before being re-shelved. Since print study aids may not be on the shelf due to quarantine, students are encouraged to use the West and Wolters Kluwer Digital Study Aids.

Reference and Permanent Reserve items can be used/checked out as usual. Patrons will return items to the book drop at circulation desk to be quarantined for 72 hours before being re-shelved.

Interlibrary Loan service will continue as usual. Patrons will return items to the book drop at circulation desk to be quarantined for 72 hours before being re-shelved.

Magazines and newspapers will be removed from the first and second floors and will not be displayed. Signs will inform students and faculty of ways to access content digitally.

We will not have print course reserves and will not loan print copies of casebooks for required courses. Faculty are encouraged to post items to their course D2L or TWEN pages. 

Circulation of Non-Print Items:

HDMI cables, adapters, and markers will circulate as usual. Patrons will return items to the book drop at circulation desk to be quarantined for 72 hours before being re-shelved. Microforms are able to be used, patrons will return them to the box provided near the microform reader to be quarantined for 72 hours. Headphones will not circulate.

Checking Items Out:

Only one person will work the Circulation Desk at a time, using the southern portion of the desk.

When checking items out at the Circ Desk, patrons will swipe their ID at the card reader at the front of the desk when prompted by library staff. Patrons will also scan the barcode of the items they are checking out when prompted by library staff. This is to limit the number of contacts with library materials and ID cards.  Self-checkout will also be available to for students to use and will be cleaned periodically.

Study Rooms and Wellness Room:

Study rooms 112 and 113 will be available to be reserved for single occupancy only. Rooms 114, 120, and 136 will be available for reservations for two students maximum who must not rearrange chairs and furniture.

The Library’s Wellness/Meditation Room will remain available for single use only and will be available through the study room reservation system.

Rooms will be locked and students will have to reserve the study or wellness room and then come to the Circulation desk so the door can be unlocked. When leaving the room, students will need to check-out at the Circ Desk so the room can be re-locked. 

Students will be responsible for disinfecting before and after use. Study rooms will also be cleaned each evening.

119, 206, 207, and 228 will not be open for student use and will be locked.

Offices:

Library staff will not meet with students, faculty, or staff in their offices unless six feet can be maintained and is clearly marked. Most meetings should take place via virtual conferencing or handled via email or phone. If you need to meet with a librarian or library staff, please make an appointment.

Printer:

Students should maintain six feet distance when waiting their turn for the printer. Floor signs will indicate where to wait.

Tables and Chairs:

Tables and chairs will be moved/removed in order to maintain six feet of distancing. In almost all instances, only one person should be at each table. Students are not permitted to rearrange tables or chairs.

Library Assistance

There are various ways to get assistance from the library when you can’t be on campus.

The Law Library is offering a chat reference service that will be open from 9am-6pm Monday – Thursday. You may access this chat from our website. The chat box is on the right of the screen on this page and our homepage. Chat service begins Monday, March 23rd. 

You may call the library's main number at 405-208-5271 from 9am-6pm to be connected to the librarian on call. Please leave a message if we don't answer and the appropriate person will be in touch with you. 

You can also email any librarian listed under "contact information" to the right and we will either assist you or forward your query to the appropriate person. 

The library will also offer assistance via Zoom so we can share our screens and walk you through searching, etc. as needed. 

Library services are limited to students, faculty, and staff while the law school operates remotely.

Study Aids

 

West Digital Study Aids

The library subscribes to West Digital Study Aids, which includes the Nutshell and Hornbook series, audio book study aids, and others. You can access these study aids from off-campus here

The West Academic Library app provides access to West Digital Study Aids on your phone or tablet off-line. The app also allows you to listen to audiobooks.

 

Access to Databases

Your access to law library databases will be unchanged. You can access them, including Lexis and Westlaw from this page: https://libguides.okcu.edu/lawdatabases

Being off-campus, you will need to sign in with your OCU credentials for access.

Electronic Access to The Bluebook

The Law Library has obtained codes for students, faculty, and staff to access the electronic version of The Bluebook. To receive a code and activation instructions please email any librarian listed under "contact information" above or begin a chat session.

Legal Research Award

The remainder of the Legal Research Award classes for this semester are canceled. However, you can still earn points towards the Legal Research Award by watching the recorded presentations on TWEN and completing the exercise that goes with it. If there is no exercise for that presentation, then you must send Prof. Gatton or Prof. Turner an emailing telling them what key points you learned from the presentation. You can also complete specific CALI lessons to earn points. Please see the Legal Research Award libguide for more details. 

If you are graduating this spring, please make sure you complete your hours (and make sure all proof of completion is forwarded to Professor Turner) by April 13, 2020 so that your name can be included on the list that goes to the Dean’s office for commencement. 

If you have any questions, please email Professor Le'Shawn Turner

Ask Questions via Chat

Chat reference is available to students, faculty, and staff at OCU Law from 9am-6pm Monday-Thursday.

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Contact Information

Main Number: 405-208-5271 (this number will be directed to a librarian on call from the hours of 9-6)

Email us:

Timothy Gatton

Susan Urban

Le'Shawn Turner

Brent Greyson

Jordan Piel

Lee Peoples 

800 N. Harvey Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.208.5271