William J. Campbell Headquarters Library in Chicago
Mission Statement

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.

Access Policy for Non-Court Users

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 provide assistance.

The library maintains a public access computer for research. Non- court users may not use office equipment, telephones or supplies.

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 $.25 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 the library.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, feel free to discuss them with the Circuit Librarian.

Library Services Available to the Public

What we can not 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 other online databases).

4. Check out library materials or borrow items from other libraries.

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.

What we can do:

1. Allow the public access to library materials.

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 microform machines.

7. Refer users to other agencies which provide legal assistance.

Beverages are permitted in covered containers only.