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Law Library FAQ

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Location

The Law Library is located on the first floor of the Main Library, next to the Gellman Room. The address is 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

Hours

Law Library materials and databases are available anytime the Main Library is open Monday – Friday.
On Saturdays, the Law Library is open for self-service.
For the best service, please contact us ahead of your visit.
Email: cyberlibrarian@rva.gov OR call 804-646-7223

Library card

You do not need a library card to use the Law Library or its materials.  All of the materials are considered reference materials and can only be used in the building.

Write My Document

No, we are not allowed to explain law or write documents for you as that could be seen as practicing law, which is prohibited by State law. We do have resources that can provide you with samples. For general information about the Virginia legal system, please see the resources at Virginia Judicial System Court Self-Help: Resources for Self-Represented Litigants in Virginia.

Case Information

Information on some Virginia cases is available on the Virginia Courts website. For other sources, please consult with our Law Librarian.

Referral

No, we cannot refer you to a lawyer. For information about finding a lawyer, please see the Find a Lawyer page on Virginia Judicial Court System’s Self Help Site. You may also contact the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society or the Virginia State Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service.

Books

None of the books in the Law Library can be checked out. However, the Main Library and some of our branches have some consumer-oriented law books, such as those published by Nolo, that do circulate.

Databases

WestLaw and Lexis-Nexis databases can only be used at the Main Library.