Library Services

Reference


The library staff cannot assist customers with the following requests which apply to the practice of law:
  • Give legal advice or opinions
  • Answer your legal question
  • Explain legal procedure, court rules, or interpret the text of statute, legal opinion, and/or administrative regulation
  • Assist in filling out your court forms
  • Refer an attorney
Spokane County Law Library has limited staff. The staff is customer service oriented and will attempt to assist you in locating the materials needed.

Assistance is based on first-come first-serve which may require a wait.

Telephone reference is limited to directional. Library staff can direct you to online resources and agencies but will not dictate text from publications over the phone.

Borrowing Materials


Library materials cannot be checked-out to the general public.

The legal community and local government with a circulation account may check-out selected law library materials. Please contact the library staff for further questions regarding circulation.

Electronic Resources


There are three computer terminals. Two terminals with the following subscription databases that are free to the public.
  • Direct access-a password is not needed.
    • WestlawNext Patron Access which includes KeyCite - Covers all 50 states and federal, cases including statutes.
    • LexisNexis publishers which includes Shepards
    • Bureau of National Affairs (BNA)
      Access to some BNA titles online including the
      Tax Management Portfolios
    • The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) CLE and Deskbooks
  • The subscription databases are not available remotely and must be accessed in person.
  • The contract with West Publishers does not permit downloading their site contents.
  •  Staff will limit your time on the computer if there is a wait line.
  • The computers are for legal research only and not used for inappropriate and illegal content.

The library has access to Spokane County Court Documents using the Court Document Viewer.  Case number needed to search. The library's version does not provide for searching by name.

Photocopiers & Printers


Black and white photocopy services are 25 cents for each page - Cash only-no exceptions

The photocopier is password operated. Staff will assist you with the photocopying
Unless printing documents from your personal e-mail using the public terminal. After printing gather your documents and bring to staff.

The library has the following:

  • Black and white photocopier that is not coin operated.
  • Color copier
    Staff operated only - 50 for each page/ 1.00 for the first page above 20 pages
  • Scanning services - 20 cents per page to 20 pages/above 20 pages ask staff

Legal community and local government may apply for a photocopy account. For further questions contact the library staff.

The library's new location no longer has a conference room or space for Meetings/Depositions