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Welcome to the Consortium of Ohio County Law Libraries!

Established on January 1, 2011 by ORC § 3375.481, the consortium is governed by a board of five trustees.  The consortium has five specific charges:

  • Negotiate contracts that each county law library resources board may use for purchasing or obtaining access to legal research and reference materials available in any medium,
  • Catalog existing resources held by county law library resources boards and facilitate the sharing of those resources by the county law library resources boards,
  • Develop and recommend guidelines for the collection of or access to legal resources that ought to be provided by a county law library resources board,
  • Provide consultation and assistance to county law library resources boards, and Issue an annual report of its activities to each county law library resources board,
  • Issue an annual report of its activities to each county law library resources board.
Consortium Initiatives
Free Casemaker for Law Libraries - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Any Ohio County Law Library interested in accessing the Casemaker product from the Ohio Bar free of charge needs to send your contact information (i.e., Library name, Librarian name, address, phone, email) to Judy Quint at jquint@ohiobar.org

Bloomberg BNA Print or Electronic Package Available Until June 21 - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bloomberg BNA is offering County Law Libraries the following package:


Manual on Professional Conduct         $3070.00  list price

Employee Discrimination Report          $2360.00 list price

Americans with Disability Manual         $3510.00 list price

Criminal Law Report                                $2880.00 list price

Family Law                                                $1605.00 list price

U.S. Law Week                                         $3830.00  list price


Total list price                                           $17,255.00 online or $11,448.00 print


Promotional price to County Law Libraries, package of these 6 titles $4997.00 for one year


You can have the newsletters delivered online OR in print. You cannot mix the media delivery within the package.


This offer is good until June 21, 2015.  Please contact your local Bloomberg BNA representative. Or, call Mike Hevel at 216-385-1289.

Proposed Administrative Policies - Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Supreme Court is requesting the consortium adopt a set of policies governing the administrative operations.  A DRAFT set of polices was presented at the meeting on February 12, 2015.  The board will take action on this topic at its next meeting. Click here for a copy of the DRAFT policies.

2015 Optional Grants - Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The consortium is now accepting grant requests for the 2015 Optional Grants Program.  Grant requests will be accepted through February 27, 2015.  Requests should be sent to Judith Maxwell.  More information on the 2015 Optional Grants is attached.

Matthew Bender Handbooks - Monday, October 20, 2014

The Consortium Board voted to accept another Matthew Bender Handbook proposal.  The list of handbooks and prices is attached. An order form for additional copies will be sent out soon.

Lexis EBooks - Monday, June 30, 2014

At the consortium board meeting on May 13, 2014 the board approved an agreement with Lexis for their Digital Library. The board has agreed to fund the cost of the Overdrive Platform and each library will be responsible for any eBooks they purchase.  While this offer is ongoing for the year, deadlines have been set in order to process requests. If you are interested in taking advantage of this proposal, please let Judith Maxwell know by July 8, 2014.  She will forward your information to Lexis and they will contact you regarding the titles you are interested in buying.  If you miss this deadline, there will be others throughout the year.  If you are interested and would like a demonstration, more information, or eBook pricing you can contact Jennifer McKenna directly at 937-247-8195 or jennifer.l.mckenna@lexisnexis.com

Defending Veterans - Thursday, May 29, 2014

At the consortium board meeting on May 13, 2014 the board voted to purchase one copy of the book Defending Veterans for each law library in the state.  These books are published by the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation.  These books are scheduled to be shipped to the libraries the first week of June. If you have not received your book by the end of June please contact Judith Maxwell.

Rules Governing Court of Ohio Supplement - Thursday, May 29, 2014

The consortium board agreed to purchase a supplement to Rules Governing Courts of Ohio that was not included in the original handbook order form from Matthew Bender last October.  If you have other county agencies that previously ordered this title and would like to receive the supplement at the discounted rate please contact Judith Maxwell.  This offer is not for new purchases, only previously placed orders.

Wolters Kluwer Proposal - Friday, April 18, 2014

The consortium board accepted a proposal from Wolters Kluwer for online content. This is an optional proposal available to any county law library. The consortium will not be providing any funds for this proposal. There are several options libraries can take advantage of.  Any library interested should contact Wolters Kluwer directly. Anyone interested in the proposal should contact Judith Maxwell or Angela Baldree.

2013 Survey of Ohio County Law Libraries - Wednesday, April 09, 2014

After much work, the results of the 2013 Survey of Ohio County Law Libraries are now available.  Feel free to access them via the link above or on the Documents Page under Surveys.  These results will be discussed in more detail at the ORALL SIG meeting on April 17, 2014.

Westlaw Handbook Orders Now Being Taken - Friday, April 04, 2014

Your law library will be receiving one copy of each West title listed on the attached form. This first copy will be paid for by the COCLL. If you want copies in ADDITION to that first copy, please complete the attached form, one for each department that is to be billed, and return it to Judith Maxwell, by noon, on Friday, April 18, 2014. Judith.Maxwell@sc.ohio.gov or fax it to 740-833-2545.

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County Law Library Employee Status - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It has come to the attention of the board that some county commissioners and/or county prosecutors are claiming that law library employees are not county employees.  If this is happening in your county please contact Judith Maxwell and give her to specific information. In the meantime you can forward this information onto those doubting your status: County law librarians are county employees.  R.C. 307.51(C) provides "The board shall employ a county law librarian who shall be the chief administrator of the county law library resources board and may employ additional staff to perform any functions as determined by the board. The board shall fix the compensation of the county law librarian and any additional employees. All employees of the county law library resources board shall be in the unclassified civil service of the county."

2014 Refund Grants - Monday, October 21, 2013
The Statewide Consortium of Ohio County Law Libraries has voted to grant each Ohio County Law Library a Refund Grant to offset their 2% contributions for 2014. Each county's grant amount will be the same as 2013.  Look for your Memorandum of Understanding soon from Executive Director, Judith Maxwell.  In order to take advantage of your Refund Grant the MOU must be signed by the county law librarian and returned to Judith.  Use the blank invoice on the Documents Page to submit your 2% contribution for 2014. 
2014 Option Grants - Monday, October 21, 2013
It is time once again for you to apply for an optional grant from the Consortium of Ohio County Law Libraries.  All information can be found on the Request for Proposals.  All grant requests are due to Judith Maxwell by February 28, 2014.  Grants will be awarded in one of four categories - Staff Training and Career Development, Programming for Patrons, Technology, or Multi-Agency Collaboration. 
Matthew Bender Handbook Order Form - Monday, October 21, 2013

The Statewide Consortium of Ohio County Law Libraries has once again agreed to purchase 15 handbooks and/or manuals for Ohio County Law Libraries. The list is the same as last year.  In addition, Matthew Bender is offering these same 15 titles at a 35% discount for any additional copies needed by law libraries or county agencies.  Use this ORDER FORM to purchase only ADDITIONAL copies. If you do not want any additional copies of these titles you DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING.


Be sure to include your library's Matthew Bender Account number because the law library will serve as the BILL TO account. Also include the agency's Matthew Bender Account number if you want the items shipped directly to the agency. 


In addition to the 15 handbooks, Matthew Bender is also offering Page's ORC and United States Code Service at a significant discount. Both of these titles require a two year commitment. Many of you took advantage of this offer two years ago so it may be time to renew. Jennifer McKenna will be able to tell you the status of your subscription to these two titles. Additionally, any NEW purchases of Couse's OH Form Book is available.


All order forms are due to Judith Maxwell by November 1, 2013.

Request for Proposal for Consortium Executive Director - Monday, August 12, 2013
The Consortium of Ohio County law Libraries is currently seeking someone to assume the role of Executive Director. This position is awarded through a grant process to one Ohio county law library resource board.  The chosen CLLRB will be reimbursed for the time their librarian dedicates to the consortium. Anyone interested in submitting a grant proposal should refer to the attached document and contact the current Executive Director by Monday, August 19, 2013 read more ...
Westlaw's Patron Access Proposal - Thursday, August 01, 2013
Westlaw currently has a consortium price for anyone interested in Patron Access. The prices are for Ohio Core, Ohio Federal, and Ohio Practice and is based on the number of terminals each library purchases. Prices are good through the end of 2013.  Anyone interested in more information on this proposal should view the attached document which includes contact information for the sales representative. read more ...