Law Library

Law Library

The Richmond Public Law Library is a full service public law library located in the Main Library and is open to Metro Richmond residents as well as the legal community. In addition to print materials, the Law Library offers free access to both WestlawNext and Lexis Advance legal research databases, and Gale Legal Forms online. We also host “Know Your Rights” Community Law Classes and legal research classes all free and open to the public. Bimonthly, the Law Librarian leads the online, Oliver W. Hill Book Club discussions.

Monday - Friday
10 - 5
We suggest you call ahead to make sure the Law Library is open and staff are able to assist.

804-646-6500

101 East Franklin Street Richmond, VA. 23219

Law Librarian: Meldon Jenkins-Jones

Collection

The Law Library collection includes a combination of both physical and digital materials. All materials in this collection are reference books that cannot be checked out. For remote access to our digital resources, please read our remote access guidelines.

American Law Reports - ALR Series 1-7
American Law Reports - ALR Series 1-3
American Jurisprudence - Am Jur 2d
Corpus Juris Secundum - CJS
Federal Reporter® (National Reporter System) Fed 2d, Fed 3d, Fed 4th
Federal Supplement (National Reporter System®) - Fed Supp, Fed Supp 2d, Fed Supp 3d
Virginia Administrative Regulations
Form Books
Gale Legal Forms Online
Lexis Advance
Michie's Jurisprudence of Virginia and West Virginia
Restatements
Richmond City, State, and Federal Codes
Digest of Southeastern Court Decisions
Virginia Reports
Virginia Court of Appeals Reports
Virginia Circuit Court Opinions
United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyers' Edition
Virginia Practice Materials
Westlaw Civil Rights Legal Materials
COVID-19 Legal Materials & News
Westlaw Patron Access

Remote Westlaw Access

We are pleased to report that Thomson Reuters has made available Westlaw temporary, restricted access for patron researchers.

You may now choose one of three options as to the type of free Westlaw temporary access you need:

Access Options

Remote Access One-time Westlaw remote access is available for one 7-Day Trial of Westlaw Edge. Here is the registration link. Access the Westlaw trial page and complete the required fields. The email used by users cannot be known to the Thomson Reuters system. Always select “Library User” in the Organization Type field. Click Continue. Complete your OnePass profile and click Launch Trial. Call 800-937-8529 for Technical Support. Do not call the Library.

Research by Request Your second option for using Westlaw from home is to contact the Law Library by telephone, or email to request that the research be performed by the law librarian on your behalf. This service may be limited, depending on demand and the availability of staff. For telephone requests, call 804-646-6500. For email requests, email Meldon.Jenkins-Jones@RVA.gov.

Using the Computer in the Law Library Finally, if you are able to come to the Law Library to conduct your legal research yourself, our regular hours for computerized legal research are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4:45 pm. However, it is best to call ahead to make sure that we are here when you are planning to visit. Our phone number is 804-646-6500. You would then have the option of using Lexis Advance or Westlaw. Time on the computer may be limited, depending on demand.

Law Library Blog


CIVIC SEASON IS HERE!

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CIVIC SEASON IS UPON US! What is Civic Season? Generally, concepts such as patriotism and freedom are highlighted starting the week of Flag Day (June 14th) and ending on Independence Day (July 4). If you Google “Civic Season Virginia” you will get lots and lots of information, so I will endeavor to explain succinctly what “Civic Season” is and what you should know about it.  According to theCivicSeason.com, the website and the movement were originally developed in 2021 by Made By Us, a partnership collectively led by the...

PERSONAL FINANCE for EVERYONE

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Since when is Personal Finance a thing? When the world got super complicated, apparently. No longer is it just a decision of whether to put your money under the mattress, in a cookie jar, or in a bank to save for a rainy day. Now there are a bunch of acronyms, books, coaches, professional advisors, companies, blogs, and the list goes on. Having created so many moving parts, there is now a whole industry of Personal Finance. Where to begin? PERSONAL FINANCE DEFINITION First, let’s define Personal Finance so we can figure out who needs to...

Innovative Women in History

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INVENTIVE WOMEN IN HISTORY According to the old proverb, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention,” and Mothers of invention have frequently been women. Throughout March, Women’s History Month, Richmond Public Library is featuring the Picturing Women Inventors Poster Exhibit in the Main Library lobby. The poster exhibition highlights stories of inventors like Marilyn Hamilton, who after a hang-gliding accident in 1978 left her paralyzed, invented a lightweight wheelchair that was easy to maneuver. Diversity of background and age are...

HARRIET TUBMAN, INSPIRING AMERICAN HERO

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Harriet Tubman (c. 1820-1822 – March 10, 1913) is an icon of courage, a true American hero. Born Araminta “Minty” Ross, she was enslaved at birth in Maryland. In 1849 she escaped to Philadelphia, PA and changed her name to Harriet. She made at least 13 more trips to lead dozens of other enslaved Blacks to freedom in the northern U.S. and in Canada using the Underground Railroad, earning her the nickname “Moses”. During the Civil War, Harriet Tubman worked for the Union as a cook, nurse, armed scout, and spy. As the first Black woman...

NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS MONTH

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“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."       Eleanor Roosevelt Brief History Behind Human Rights Awareness Month The United Nations was established in October 1945 following the end of World...