Locations & Hours

Main Library
276-676-6233

MON - THU 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
FRI & SAT 9 a.m.
SUN 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Damascus Library
276-475-3820

MON, WED, FRI 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
TUE & THU 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN closed

Glade Spring Library
276-429-5626

MON closed
TUE & THU 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WED & FRI 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN closed

Hayters Gap Library
276-944-4442

MON closed
TUE & THU 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WED & FRI 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SAT 9am - 1 p.m.
SUN closed

Mendota Library
276-645-2374

MON closed
TUE - THU 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
FRI closed
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN closed


Law Library

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Books  |  Databases  |  Virginia Legal Resources
Find An Attorney  |  Federal Law  |
Law School Information  |  Additional Resources

Our Law Library provides free access to legal resources such as legal forms, books and databases. The Law Library is available during regular operating hours at the Main library. Law books are only available at the Main library. Databases are available at all locations.

Our staff is happy to help you use the Law Library. However, we cannot give legal advice, interpret the law or recommend legal actions. If you have specific questions, or need interpretation of a law or advice on legal action, consult with a licensed attorney.

We provide LexisNexis, a database that includes case law, statutes and regulations, and secondary source materials, such as legal news and law reviews. LexisNexis also provides credible business information and news resources. The LexisNexis legal component is only available from inside the library.

We also provide LegalForms, which offers a variety of legal documents that address topics such as adoption, bill of sale, general contracts, divorce documents, landlord-tenant forms, small business forms, wills and more.

If you are preparing for law school, check out our Testing & Education Reference Center. TERC provides access to LSAT practice exams, Countdown to the LSAT,and other resources such as Word of the Day, Quick Quizzes, Need-to-Know-Tips and Strategies and more.

Notary service is provided at the Main, Damascus, Glade Spring and Hayters Gap libraries. Please call ahead to make sure a notary is available. This service is free of charge.

An advisory committee, composed of representatives from the legal community, provides input on the collection and services provided by the Law Library. In accordance with the Code of Washington County, (Chapter 2, Article IV), the Law Library is funded with fees collected by the county for civil actions filed in the county courthouse and administered by the Washington County Bar Association.

Books

We have legal books available at the Main library in Abingdon. They do not circulate, so you’ll have to stay in the library while you do your research.

Click here for a list of books in our law library.

Databases

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LexisNexis

Legal

Primary source material including case law, statutes and regulations or dive into secondary source materials such as legal news and law reviews for analysis of a legal topic.
LexisNexis Legal is only available inside the library.

Business

Provides a full range of credible sources for business information, including business and financial news, U.S. and international company financial information from government or private sources, market research, industry reports and SEC filings.
Library card number required for access outside the library.

News

Full text of more than 2,500 newspapers from the U.S. and around the world, many same day of publication, plus extensive archives going back 25 years and more. Plus, than 1,000 magazines and journals and over 1,000 newsletters.
Library card number required for access outside the library.

 

galeLegalForms

Create accurate and reliable legal documents such as Power of Attorney, Divorce, Real Estate, etc. The documents are customizable and easy to use with a step-by-step approach. (Library card number required for access outside the library.)

 

TERC logoTesting & Education Reference Center

Provides access to LSAT Practice Exams, the bookCountdown to the LSAT,and other resources such as Word of the Day, Quick Quizzes, Need-to-Know -Tips and Strategies, and more.

(Library card number required for access outside the library.)

 

Virginia Legal Resources

Below is a list of helpful links to resources about Virginia law.

Constitution of Virginia Lady Justice

Maintained by the Virginia General Assembly, the complete constitution is free and printable.

Virginia Bar Association

Contains information about membership, conferences, meetings, legislative initiatives, community programs and resources, etc.

Virginia Legal Aid Society

Provides instructions for applying for legal help, and information about Elder Law, Employment Law, Family Law/Domestic Violence, etc.

LIS Virginia’s Legislation Information

Links to General Assembly members, House and Senate minutes, state budget, bills and resolutions, summaries of bills, statistics, etc.

Code of Virginia

Online and free access to the Code of Virginia

Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney-Washington County

Provides information about victim witness assistance, news and information, frequently asked questions, etc.

Virginia Municipal Codes

Online and free access to municipal codes, including Abingdon.

Virginia’s Courts in Brief 

Brief explanation of Virginia’s Judicial System from magistrates to the Supreme Court.

Virginia’s Court System

A thorough breakdown of Virginia’s court systems, also includes information about the Court of Appeals, opinions, court calendar, online services (pay traffic tickets, assistance with protective orders), etc.

Virginia Attorney General 

Provides quick links to a variety of helpful information including resources about computer crime, consumer protection, procedures for filing a consumer complaint, etc.

Virginia Board of Bar Examiners

Provides information concerning the Bar Exam such as dates, deadlines, study resources, application process, etc.

Find An Attorney

Martindale.com

Contains profiles of over one million lawyers, and is searchable by city, attorney name, firm, practice and specialty.

Virginia Lawyer Referral Service

Published by the Virginia State Bar, provides procedures for finding an attorney in Virginia.

Federal Law

Code of Federal Regulations

General and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

Congressional Record

The official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.

Congress.gov

Official website for U.S. federal legislation. Includes information about current members of congress, House and Senate activities, roll call votes, hearing schedule, etc.  (Previously referred to as “Thomas”)

Federal Register

The Daily Journal of the United States government. Contains links to rules, proposed rules, recent presidential documents, etc.

Law Library of Congress

Information that includes Treaties, Legislation and Statutory Resources, Research & Reports , Legal Research Guides, In Custodia  Legis, the official blog from the Law Library of Congress.

Law School Information

Admission

Law School Admission Council

Administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), provides dates, deadlines, test centers, a directory of law schools in the US, test preparation materials, etc.

Law Schools in Virginia

Appalachian School of Law

College of William & Mary

George Mason University

Liberty University

Regent University

University of Richmond

University of Virginia

Washington & Lee University

 

Additional Resources

Nolo’s Free Dictionary of Law Terms and Legal Definitions

Glossary of Terms Commonly Used in Court (Virginia’s Judicial System)

FindLaw Legal Dictionary

 

Information on the WCPL website should not be construed as providing legal advice.

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