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Services:

The Law Library provides reference, interlibrary loan, Westlaw, Lexis, Wi-Fi, internet, printing, copying, and fax services.

Library Staff may provide guidance to patrons in their legal research. Please note, Library staff may not perform legal research on behalf of patrons. Library staff may not participate in the unauthorized practice of law, therefore; staff may not give legal opinions, advice, or comment upon your specific legal matters.

Texas Law Collection

This comprehensive collection is both current and historical in nature. It consists of primary and secondary sources with a strong emphasis on the practitioner. Secondary materials include practice guides, form books, as well as State Bar courses and materials.

Attorneys' Workroom

The attorneys' workroom is available for use by members of the State Bar of Texas and includes a computer with internet access, a scanner, printing services, and a telephone.

Facts:

The Law Library operates under the authority of the Texas Local Government Code, Section 323.021 with the authority of the Dallas County Commissioners’ Court. The Library Committee of the Dallas Bar Association acts as an advisory board to the Dallas County Commissioners' Court.

Income for the Law Library is derived from a portion of the filing fees charged in Civil cases. In addition to the proceeds from filing fees, nominal funds are received through photocopies, faxes, and overdue fines. The Dallas County Law Library does not receive tax revenue.

The Library is currently located in the George L. Allen, Sr. Courts Building, 2nd floor, Suite 292, at 600 Commerce Street and is approximately 10,000 square feet. Please use the West elevators to reach us. The Library will be moving to the 7th floor of the George L. Allen, Sr. Courts Building in the near future.

History:

The Law Library was established as early as 1894 as the Dallas Law Library Association with J.M. Avery as President and W.A. McDonald as Secretary. The Library's original location was under the staircase in the Old Red Courthouse.

Rare Books / Archives Collection:

The Library has an extensive collection of early Texas code materials, including pre-Republic, Republic of Texas, and statehood. The Library has most Texas state code volumes from beginning to current day, with the exception of 1973 -1982. The Library also has Vernon’s pocket parts from 1983 - current. This collection also includes on film, all fifty states’ cases beginning with their separate statehoods and ending with the beginning of the national reporter system around 1900. The Library has the Federal and Regional reporters on paper until 2003 which are now available via Westlaw.  The Library also has a varied set of English reports including the English Reports vols. 1-176 Full Reprint, English Ruling Cases, and Mews English Case Law Digest.