Law Library overview

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In accordance with RCW 27.24, the Law Library provides a professional legal collection for judges, prosecutors, other lawyers, and county and state officials. The collection is available to the public any time the library is open, and about 90 percent of our questions come from non-attorneys.

Library information brochure

Reference help

Librarians are available to help you find relevant materials, and show you how to use library resources.

Research materials

The library has both print and online resources including:

  • Laws and court rules: These resources can help you learn about the law and procedures for your case.
  • Legal Practice Guides: Washington Practice, Deskbooks, Practice Guides and other materials that can help you understand the law.
  • Cases: State and federal appellate court opinions along with finding aids to help you locate appropriate cases.
  • Online legal databases: Lexis and Westlaw including Washington-specific materials, cases and statutes nationally, forms and examples, and more.
  • NOLO: Print and online legal self-help books.

Legal forms

The library has forms for subject areas such as debt collection, adoption, and civil lawsuits as well as for many situations including family law, real property, and guardianship. Many forms are specific to Washington, but there are also national form book sets that can be adapted to other situations.

The mandatory court forms for divorce, parentage, relocation, visitation, modification, and minor guardianship are also available. See the court forms page for more information.

Self-help form kits

The library sells self-help kits with forms and instructions on many topics. Form kits can be purchased with cash or credit/debit card at the library or online and mailed. Kit prices vary. See the self-help form kits page for more information.

Online catalog

Most of the library’s collection is available to search by author or title in the online catalog. Library materials are for research purposes so need to be used in the library.

Computers

The library has two computers that can be used for legal research. A librarian can help you learn how to conduct a search. Time limits apply. Printing is available for 25 cents per page.

Copiers

There are two photocopiers in the library that you can use. Copies are 15 cents per page, and the copiers accept cash and credit/debit cards.

Limitations

The information provided by the library is not intended to substitute for legal or professional advice. You should consult with a lawyer about how information you find may or may not apply to your unique situation.

Law librarians are prohibited by law from offering legal advice or opinions on legal issues.

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