J. Campbell Library in Chicago
Access Policy for Non-Court Users
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.
Library Services Available to
we can’t do:
we can do:
1. Provide legal advice or opinions, or interpret
any laws or legal documents.
2. Assist with preparation of cases or legal forms.
3. Provide in-depth reference service or access to fee-based
information databases (such as WESTLAW, LEXIS or DIALOG).
4. Check out library materials or borrow items from other
5. Do photocopying or make telephone calls.
6. Allow use of office equipment, telephones or supplies.
7. Allow smoking, eating or disruptive behavior.
8. Be responsible for any personal belongings.
9. Store or hold any personal belongings.
1. Allow the public access to
2. Provide directions to needed materials.
3. Provide basic instructions on how to use legal materials.
4. Provide basic reference (e.g., telephone numbers, addresses,
definitions of legal terms).
5. Provide a list of libraries that have needed materials
that we do not own.
6. Provide instructions on how to use the photocopiers and
7. Refer users to other agencies which provide legal assistance.
Beverages are permitted in covered containers only.
NO FOOD is permitted in the library.