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¶  Law Library Practitioners Program

Statement of Purpose

To provide law library services to

  • elected officials, judges and public employees of  Butler County offices, municipal corporations, townships and courts within Butler County who may require law library services in addition to those provided to members of the public to perform their official duties; and
  • qualifying attorneys who may require law library services in addition to those services provided to members of the public to conduct their practice of law

the Butler County Law Library Resources Board offers the Law Library Practitioners Program.

Program Services. The Program’s current services for enrolled participants include:

  • After-hours access to the Law Library;
  • Opportunity to borrow legal materials from the Law Library’s circulating collection subject to recall, overdue fines and lost materials charges;
  • Lending equipment available from the Law Library’s inventory of circulating laptop computers and laptop projector subject to recall, overdue fines and lost equipment charges;
  • Interlibrary loan service;
  • On-site use of Law Library computers and their resources including Internet access, licensed productivity software applications, and licensed electronic research services;
  • Library staff database research for a limited number of search services on a cost-recovery fee basis;
  • Telephone and e-mail reference and research assistance;
  • Discounts for photocopies (10-cents per page; 20-cents per double-sided page), faxes (50-cents per page) and computer print-outs (10-cents per page; 20-cents per double-sided page);
  • Availability of deposit accounts for copy, fax and print-out charges;
  • Delivery of electronic documents by e-mail;
  • Opportunity to subscribe to current awareness services offered by the Law Library; and
  • Authorized law clerks and paralegals of program participants may use program services on the participant’s behalf.

Fines for Overdue Library Materials. The Law Library charges overdue fines for library books and equipment lent to members of the Practitioners Program. The fine rate is $1.50 per each day the Law Library is open to the general public. The patron is responsible for returning items on time. The Law Library will send out overdue notices. However, overdue notices are merely a courtesy. Renewals can be made by phone or email as well as in person even if the loaned item is overdue unless the item is subject to recall.

The Law Library charges the replacement cost to borrowers for materials deemed lost when loaned materials have not been returned in a timely manner.

Practitioners Program Enrollment Categories

Private Attorney Participants.  Private attorneys who are licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and who live in Butler County, have an office in Butler County or regularly practice law in Butler County are eligible for the Practitioners Program. The annual program year starts on July 1st and ends on June 30th of the following calendar year. The Program enrollment fee is prorated 50 percent if paid between April and June of the program year. Fees are not prorated at any other time

There is a non-refundable annual enrollment fee for each attorney participant.  The annual fee schedule is based on the number of years the attorney has been licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio as follows:

0-1 Years: No Charge
2-10 Years: $75.00
11-49 Years: $100.00
50-plus Years: No Charge

Participation in the Program is specific to the enrolled attorney. Program benefits do not extend to non-enrolled attorneys associated with a program participant. Law clerks and paralegals employed by a participating private attorney may utilize the Program’s services on the attorney’s behalf upon written authorization. All expenses incurred by law clerks and paralegals shall be charged to the attorney’s account. Download Program Forms

Application Deadline. Payment of the enrollment fee is required upon receipt of the completed application by the Law Library and is due no later than July 31st of the applicable program year. Failure to make timely payment will result in the denial of county law library privileges previously extended by the Butler County Law Library Resources Board until payment is made.  This action does not constitute a denial of access to the Law Library as a member of the general public during regular business hours.

Statutory Users.  Any member of the general assembly or any officer or employee of a county, municipal, or township government or court located within Butler County is exempt from paying an enrollment fee for participation in the Program. Statutory users are also exempt from paying library services fees, overdue fines and other charges when performing work within the scope of their official duties.

Statutory users are not required to complete an enrollment application unless those who do not already have a building key and security key fob would like after-hours access. Staff, such as bailiffs, law clerks and administrative assistants, may be required to present official identification for checking out library materials on the statutory user’s behalf. 

Program Administration

Policies & Procedures. The County Law Library Director is authorized to establish policies and procedures for the effective operation of the Law Library Practitioners Program including but not limited to practitioner registration procedures, collection of annual fees, the selection of materials and equipment available for borrowing, circulation policies, and collection of overdue fines and charges for lost or damaged library materials and equipment.

The County Law Library Director is authorized to temporarily suspend any or all program privileges for any participant and/or his or her authorized employee for failing to abide by the rules, policies and/or procedures of the Law Library Practitioners Program upon notice to the participant. The Law Library Director shall inform the Chairperson of the Butler County Law Library Resources Board of temporary suspensions for further action by the Board. Suspension of program privileges does not constitute denial of access to the Law Library as a member of the general public during regular business hours.

Termination of Program Privileges. A participant who flagrantly or persistently violates the rules, policies and/or procedures of the Law Library Practitioners Program may have their program privileges terminated by the Butler County Law Library Resources Board. Termination of program privileges does not constitute denial of access to the Law Library as a member of the general public during regular business hours.

Amendment, Modification or Termination of the Law Library Practitioners Program. The Butler County Law Library Resources Board reserves the right to amend, modify or terminate the Law Library Practitioners Program including but not limited to program terms, conditions, services and fee structure at any time. In the event of program termination, participants shall be given 30-days notice. Any funds due to individual participants shall be refunded upon (1) return of the participant’s library card, entrance key, security key fob and loaned library materials, and (2) payment of any outstanding fees and charges. Enrollment fees shall be refunded on a pro rata basis upon meeting the above conditions.

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