Library and Research Resources
OAH's library has a collection of state and federal statutes and regulations, state, federal and OAH decisions, published state agency policies, law reviews and treatises, and other materials. The library is located at OAH's main office in Hunt Valley and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Although the library is open to the public, and our staff is more than willing to assist the public with finding any of the materials in our collection, certain documents and decisions may not be available for review because they contain privileged or confidential information. To visit the library, please register with the receptionist in the lobby. If you desire to see an OAH decision, you must first make a written public information request and receive approval prior to your visit.
The Library's Internet
The OAH responds to the informational needs of the State of Maryland's diverse communities by providing equal access to extensive and relevant resources that meet the educational, cultural, and business interests of the public. In keeping with its mission, the OAH Library provides users with access to the Internet. The vast network of information and resources available on the Internet enables the Library to provide information services beyond the confines of its own collection.
The Library provides access to the Internet during normal business the hours.
Rights and Obligations of Users
The Library strives to balance the rights of patrons to access various types of information resources with the rights of users to work in a public environment free from disruptive sounds and visuals. There are information resources on the Internet that are inappropriate for viewing in a public setting. The OAH reserves the right to end Internet sessions when such material is displayed.
- Patrons are expected to use the Internet workstation without Library staff assistance.
- The Library does not provide e-mail accounts.
- Use of the Internet is free; however printing is not available.
- Patrons may not download anything from the Internet to the Internet workstation hard drive.
- Patrons are expected to follow all Library policies and guidelines. OAH Internet guidelines and policies are available upon request.
- Use of the Internet is a privilege that may be revoked if abused.
Use of Books
The library's collection may only be used on the OAH's premises.
Reference and Research Assistance
Library staff may assist you in locating legal materials, but they are not permitted to give legal advice. For example, library staff may not interpret statutes, cases, or regulations, advise you about your legal rights, or recommend which legal forms you should use or how you should complete them.
The library has one photocopier. The cost for photocopies is $.50 per page. You may pay for photocopies by check made out to the Maryland State Treasurer, or by cash (exact amount).