Clark County Law Library
The Law Library is physically closed until further notice due to COVID-19, but we are providing remote reference during the closure. We expect to be opening soon if the county moves to Phase 3, so please watch this page for further news.
RESOURCES TO HELP DURING OUR CLOSURE
Reference help: Please send us an email at email@example.com or leave a voice message at 564.397.2268.
Be sure to let us know what information you are looking for, and provide your contact information, both email and phone.
During our normal hours of 9 am – 3 pm Monday through Friday we will be returning emails and phone calls within one hour. Return phone calls from staff will display as a blocked phone number.
If you would like to purchase one of our form kits, we will take your order by phone and mail them out within a few days.
Free virtual attorney consultations: A local law firm is doing a free virtual legal clinic on Thursday evenings. More legal resources are available in our lawyer referral brochure on the bottom of our Forms and Brochures page.
LexisNexis Patron Access has been graciously provided to our patrons remotely by Lexis. Lexis is a legal research database, and use is normally allowed only in the Law Library. If you follow this link and create an account, you will be allowed to use it free for 30 days or until May 31, whichever is shorter. Thanks to Lexis for allowing this access to our patrons.
Westlaw Patron access: Westlaw is pleased to offer 20 hours Patron Access passwords that will be good for 20 hours of use over 45 days. Westlaw is a legal research database, and use is normally allowed only in the Law Library. Follow this link and register in order to use the service. Select "government" for the organization type, and skip the add colleagues option. You can also see detailed instructions. Thanks to Thomson Reuters for allowing this access for our patrons.
By statute, the Law Library provides a professional legal collection for judges, prosecutors, other lawyers, and county and state officials. This collection is open to the public any time the library is open, and about 85 percent of our questions come non-attorneys.
The library is self-service. Staff can help find material, but cannot give legal advice or interpretations.
The library has books and computer resources to help you find answers to your legal questions. Print materials include state statutes and administrative codes, cases, books that discuss the laws specific to Washington and more generally, continuing legal education materials and more.
Online sources include many Westlaw databases as well as Lexis Washington Enhanced databases, but these subscription products must be used at the library.
Please note: We are a legal reference library. Some of our materials can only be checked out by attorneys, and some may never be checked out.
The next Law Library Board of Trustees meeting is not yet scheduled. If you would like to attend, please contact the law library. Please go to the county calendar for more information about scheduled meetings.