Dallas County will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day

Facts and History

George L. Allen, Sr. Courts Building - 600 Commerce Street, Suite #B40, Dallas, TX 75202
Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Phone:  (214) 653-7481  |  Fax:  (214) 653-6103
E-mail: LawLibrary@dallascounty.org


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 located in the George L. Allen, Sr. Courts Building, 7th floor, Suite 760, at 600 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75202.

History:

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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.