About the Library


  • The collection is developed to enhance the community's access to legal information.
  • The goal is to collect materials which explain state, federal law, and court decisions.
  • The library collection consists of paper materials such as legal treatises, cases, statutes, administrative regulations, desk books, nutshells, digests, Washington legislative history, and reference material.
  • In addition, the library has electronic legal resources


  • Law library visitors are expected to:
    • Engage in activities directly related to the use of a public law library
    • Respect the rights of other visitors and staff members
    • Supervise accompanying children
    • Maintain quiet
  • The following actions are not allowed in the law library:
    • Engage in disruptive and unsafe actions, such as loud talking, screaming, running, throwing things, pushing and shoving, or by behaving in a manner which can reasonably be expected to disturb others
    • Harass or threaten other law library visitors or library staff
    • Stare at or follow another visitor or library staff member in a manner which is intimidating or can reasonably be expected to disturb
    • Damage or deface law library property
    • Obstruct walkways or aisles with books, briefcases, large exhibits, or personal belongings or by laying down
    • Consume food or beverages
    • No smoking allowed
    • Bring in animals other than trained guide or service dogs as defined by RCW 70.84.020 and .021
    • Engaging in any activity in violation of federal, state, local or other applicable law
Visitors whose actions violate any of these rules will be asked to leave the Law Library.


  • Washington state county libraries were established in 1919 by RCW 27.24 to provide access to legal information to the courts and bar, and also to the public in counties which have staff available to assist the public.
  • The Spokane County Law Library is open to the public, the legal community, and local government departments.


To provide the best possible community service by helping the public with access to legal research needs in order to fulfill the public right to due process in the courts.