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    Law Library Services

     

    SERVICE ANNOUCEMENTS

    The Law Library is open for in-person services. When visiting in person:

    • The public computers are available on a "first come, first served" basis. Computers may have limited availability due to demand.
    • Self-service copiers are available. Additional information is provided below about our self-service copies and payment methods.
    • There is additional seating at carrels around the windows.
    • Please note: The Law Library's hours have changed. We are now open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding county holidays.

    Assumption of Risk

    • While the Law Library staff continue to make every effort to sanitize public spaces due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff are unable to clean every surface in the library that patrons touch, so please touch public spaces, including books, at your own risk. Per CDC guidelines, be sure to wash and sanitize hands often. Cleaning products will also be available upon request to library patrons who would like to clean a surface on their own.
    • The library requests that all patrons take appropriate measures to protect their own health.

    The following online e-resources remain available to our patrons not able to visit in person.

    • Westlaw content includes primary law, secondary sources, litigation, and Practical Law on Westlaw Edge.*
      • Tarrant County Law Library patrons can access Westlaw Edge remotely by creating an account that is good for seven days with no time limits. For guidance on registering for the Westlaw Edge temporary account, see Instructions for Registering.
      • Patrons need to use an e-mail that has never been associated with a Thomson Reuters product.
      • In order to setup a temporary account with them, visit Thomson Reuters Westlaw.
      • Note: In the "Organization Type" field, please select "Patron."

    *Updated March 14, 2022.

    • LexisNexis Digital Library (eBooks) contains Dorsaneo’s Texas Litigation Guide, Texas Family Law Practice and Procedures, Search and Seizure and other valuable legal resources.
      • LexisNexis Digital Library is available to Tarrant County Law Library patrons and can be accessed remotely via any internet-connected device. Patrons can check out 3 eBooks at a time for up to 7 days.
      • Note: Accounts Holders will ONLY have access to the LexisNexis Digital collection.
      • To request an eBooks account, please complete the eBooks Registration.

    Please contact the Dell DeHay Law Library of Tarrant County for further assistance.

     

    Services and Policies

    Reference Services

    Law Library staff is available to help patrons locate and use library resources.  Law Library staff cannot give legal advice or do anything which might constitute the unauthorized practice of law. For additional information, please follow the link to learn about Legal Information vs. Legal Advice.

    Law Library staff may assist patrons in finding the materials they need to do their own research.  The staff may not interpret legal materials or advise patrons regarding their legal rights. The staff may not select legal forms for patrons or assist in filling out legal forms. The staff may help patrons develop search strategies, locate and use materials available in the library and online and refer patrons to other agencies or organizations for assistance.


    Self-Service Copies

    The Law Library has two self-service copiers. Photocopies are 20 cents per copy. The copiers will accept silver change, $1 bills, or copycards. Copycards may be purchased from the Law Library.

    The Law Library does not offer fax or scanning services.

    Payment Methods

    The Law Library accepts payment in the form of cash (no bills larger than $20) and credit/debit card. Please be advised, there will be a convenience fee added to credit/debit card payments.

     

     

    To view a PDF list of all library policies, follow the Law Library Policies link.

     

    Internet Access

    The Law Library has computer workstations with Internet access.  The primary purpose of these computers is to do legal research. Searching is free; printing is 25 cents per page.

    Public Access Legal Research Subscriptions

    The Law Library has public access subscriptions to Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, and HeinOnline. Searching is free; printing is 25 cents per page.

    Checkout Policy

    The Law Library collection is non-circulating. Items in the library may not be checked out.

     

    The content of this website is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.

     

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    This page was last modified on July 05, 2022

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