The purpose of the U.S. Courts Library and its branches is to
provide research assistance to federal judges and their staffs
in the three states of the Seventh Circuit.
The library is open to the public 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through
Friday, but library staff can only provide basic service to the
public. We cannot provide research assistance, borrow materials
from other libraries or make copies for non-court users, but we
may be able to refer you to other libraries or agencies that can
Non-court users may not use library telephones, fax machines,
computers, typewriters or supplies. You may use the coin-operated
copier and microform reader/printer, and will be provided assistance
with their use.
We exist to serve the federal courts. When there is a conflict
between court and non-court use of library resources, the courts
must come first. During busy times the use of the library may be
limited to court staff. You may be asked to return materials you
are using if they are needed by court staff. Library materials
may not be checked out to non-court users.
Photocopies can be made for $.20 per image on the coin-operated
copier. Images from the microform reader/printer are free.
The Library does not own or manage the Public Access copier. It
is managed by the State of Illinois’ Business Enterprises
Program for the Blind.
We ask that library users maintain a sense of decorum when using
the library. You may not ask other library users for legal advice
or assistance. Our users must wear appropriate clothing. Shoes
and shirts must be worn at all times.
If you violate library rules or behave in a disruptive manner,
you will be required to leave and will be barred from reentering
If you have any questions regarding this policy, feel free to discuss
them with the Circuit Librarian or the Deputy Circuit Librarian.