The Law Library is open and has reference personnel on duty Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Library personnel are available to answer basic questions, locate materials and provide assistance with using the library's resources. Library staff cannot provide services that might be interpreted as the unauthorized practice of law, such as locating relevant cases, interpreting statutes, or giving legal advice. See our Legal Research & Advice Policy for more information.
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We lend books, microfiche/film and AV materials to court staff and other public employees for use within the scope of their employment. If you are a registered borrower in this category and cannot make it to the library, we can send materials to you via Campus Mail, the U.S. Postal Service, or UPS (for briefs) at no charge.
We also lend to Washington State Bar Association members working within the state. If you are a registered borrower in this category and cannot make it to the library, we can send materials to you for $7.50 shipping/handling charge plus $3.00 per citation.
Members of the general public desiring to borrow our materials should check with their local library regarding their policies for interlibrary loan.
There are two self-service photocopiers for use by the general public, one on each floor of the library. To begin photocopying, ask staff at the reference desk to input the access code. Pay for your photocopies (with cash or check) at the reference desk when you are done. The cost is $.15 per page. Correct change is appreciated.
There is an additional photocopier on the lower level for use by public employees at no charge.
Use our Document Delivery Service to request a copy of something from our collection. There is no charge to public employees for this service.
We lend to other libraries. There is no cost to the requesting library to borrow from us with the exception of for-profit organizations such as law firm libraries or corporate libraries. We accept ILL requests via email, phone or OCLC.
We also borrow materials from other libraries on behalf of state employees if it is within the scope of their employment. Contact our Reference Desk at (360) 357-2136 for more information.
The Library Catalog is available online, world-wide. Use it to locate materials, searching by title, author, subject, keyword or call number. The Law Library uses the Library of Congress classification system. If you need help, the reference staff is available to assist you.
There are eight public access computers available in the library for legal research, one in the Main Reading Room next to the reference desk and seven in our Computer Center on the lower level. Patrons may view information online, save to a flash drive provided by the patron, or print to a connected printer. The first ten pages are free. Any additional pages are $.25 per page, payable by cash or check at the reference desk. Correct change is appreciated. Please view our Public Access Computer Policy before use.
The Law Library subscribes to several databases that are only accessible within the library at any of our public computers.
A microform reader/printer is available on the lower level of the Library. It accommodates both microfiche and microfilm and has a printer attached. The first ten pages printed are free. Any additional pages are $.25 per page, payable by cash or check at the reference desk.
The Library staff welcomes opportunities to introduce the Library’s collections and services to interested groups. Any tour can be tailored to meet the special needs of a group. To schedule a group tour, please contact the Reference Desk at (360) 357-2136 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Washington Courts offer free wireless access in the Temple of Justice where the State Law Library is located. No password is required. Simply search for the WASHINGTON-STATE-COURTS network, start a browser session and agree to the Acceptable Use Policy .