Library Services

The Washington County Law Library serves many people: pro se litigants, attorneys, judges, elected officials, state, local and federal government employees, legal researchers and writers, reporters, and students of all ages.

SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY LAW LIBRARY

  • Law libraries are places where people research the law.
  • Law Library staff members can assist you by directing you to legal research resources and showing you how to use indexes, digests, and other legal research tools.
  • Law Library staff members cannot do your research for you.
  • Law Library staff members cannot assess or analyze your legal situation or issue and do not know which laws apply.  Only your attorney can advise you on your legal options.
  • Law Library Services for the Public
  • Law Library Services for Attorneys

ISN'T ALL THE INFORMATION I NEED ONLINE?

  • First, it's not all online.
  • Second, even if all the cases, statutes, and other laws were online, which they are not, would you know how to do the research you need to answer that subpoena or win against a well-prepared, experienced attorney in court?

WHAT KINDS OF QUESTIONS ARE ASKED AT THE PUBLIC LAW LIBRARY?

Look at our list of Sample Law Library Reference Questions to find out.  But remember: the law library is a place where YOU research the law.  The law library staff will show you how and direct you to lawyer referral resources.

UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW and the LAW LIBRARY

It is against state law for library staff members to engage in any conduct that might constitute the unauthorized practice of law (ORS 9.160 to ORS 9.166).  They may not interpret statutes, cases and regulations, perform legal research, or advise patrons regarding their legal rights.  They may, however, assist patrons in locating materials or links that would aid in individual research.