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Clark County Law Library

COVID-19 notice

The Law Library is physically closed but we are providing remote reference during the closure. We expect to open soon after the county moves to Phase 3, so check this page for further news.

Resources to help during the closure

Library reference help

Email us at lawlibrary@clark.wa.gov or leave a voice message at 564.397.2268.

Return phone calls from staff will display as a blocked phone number. If you leave a voice message and do not hear back, it means your phone will not accept our call. Please unblock your number or contact us by email instead.

Be sure to let us know what information you are looking for, and provide both an email address and a phone number.

Some of the ways we can help:

  • We can return your call during our business hours (currently Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm) in order to refer you to helpful resources.
  • We can email links of resources that you may use and/or materials that may help with your case.
  • We can explain some basic court procedure.
  • We can process a phone order for one of our self-help form kits and mail it to you within a week.
Legal help

Resources to find an attorney are available on the library's lawyer referral page.

Most walk-in legal clinics have been canceled because of COVID-19, but a local law firm is doing a free virtual legal clinic on Thursday evenings.

The Superior Court Clerk has a list of other sources for civil legal aid during COVID-19.

Online database access
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Free remote patron access to Nolo self-help titles is now available on a trial basis through the end of 2020. Nolo is one of the largest publishers of legal self-help books and there are titles covering a variety of topics. Thanks to EBSCO for allowing access to our patrons.

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Free remote patron access to LexisAdvance is available. Lexis is a legal research database, and use is normally allowed only in the Law Library. You need to create an account that you will be allowed to use free under the terms of their offer. Thanks to Lexis for allowing this access to our patrons.

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Free remote patron access to Westlaw is also available. Westlaw is a legal research database, and use is normally allowed only in the Law Library. Westlaw is offering patron access passwords that will be good for 20 hours of use over 14 days. You need to register in order to use the service. Select "government" for the organization type, and skip the add colleagues option. You can also see detailed verbal and visual instructions. Thanks to Thomson Reuters for allowing this access for our patrons.

New Self-help Civil Lawsuit Kit

A new self-help kit that includes forms and instructions to start a civil lawsuit in Superior Court against a person is now available for purchase. See the self-help forms kit page for more information about this kit as well as other kits that are available from the library.

New from the Washington State Bar Association

WSBA EPPTA deskbook

Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Administration Deskbook
The Law Library has a new WSBA deskbook called Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Administration in Washington. It replaces the earlier separate Probate Deskbook and Estate Planning Deskbook.

 

WSBA PRA Deskbook

Public Records Act Deskbook
The Law Library has also received an update to Public Records Act Deskbook: Washington's Public Disclosure and Open Public Meetings Laws.