Law Libraries in Washington State & the U.S.

Updated Feb. 5, 2009.
Prepared by Ann Hemmens.

The following list of law libraries in Washington State is divided by type of library: state, county, court, and academic. Collections, services, staffing, and hours vary widely, especially among the county law libraries. Not all these libraries are “public libraries” that allow anyone to use their materials. Call the listed libraries for information about access and services.

This guide also contains links to directories of U.S. law library websites and directories of websites of other types of libraries (academic, public, special, and state libraries) located in the U.S. and worldwide.

Other types of libraries may have legal collections. Many large public libraries have legal collections that include selected primary source material (such as the Revised Code of Washington and the United States Code) as well as a variety of self-help law books written for the general public. Some community colleges have paralegal programs with library collections to support legal research instruction.

If you are not located near one of the law libraries listed below, contact your local public, community college, or academic library (see Directories of Libraries in U.S. and Worldwide) and ask if they have any legal materials or if they can refer you to a nearby collection.


Washington State Law Library

Washington State Law Library
Temple of Justice Building
415 12th St.
PO Box 40751
Olympia, WA 98504-0751
(360) 357-2136

Washington County Law Libraries

For current information see also the Washington Association of County Law Libraries Directory.

Adams County Law Library
County Courthouse
210 West Broadway
PO Box 126
Ritzville, WA 99169
(509) 659-3271
Island County Law Library
Law and Justice Bldg.
101 NE Sixth St.
PO Box 5000
Coupeville, WA 98239
(360) 679-7363
San Juan County Law Library
County Courthouse, 2d floor
350 Court St.
PO Box 804
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
(360) 378-4101
Asotin County Law Library
135 Second St.
PO Box 159
Asotin, WA 99402
(509) 243-2065
Jefferson County Law Library
1820 Jefferson St.
PO Box 1220
Port Townsend, WA 98368
(360) 385-9360
Skagit County Law Library
205 West Kincaid #104
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 336-9324
Benton/Franklin County Law Library
Columbia Basin College
2600 North 20th Ave.
Pasco, WA 99301
(509) 547-0511 Ext. 2290
King County Law Library - Main Branch
Suite W-621
King County Courthouse
516 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 296-0940
Catalog
 
Skamania County Law Library
County Courthouse
240 North Vancouver Ave.
PO Box 790
Stevenson, WA 98648
(509) 427-3790
Chelan County Law Library
County Courthouse
401 Washington St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 667-6473
King County Law Library - Kent Regional Justice Center Library
1 N Regional Justice Center
401 Fourth Ave. North
Kent, WA 98032-4429
(206) 205-2900
Snohomish County Law Library
County Courthouse
3000 Rockefeller Ave.
MS 703
Everett, WA 98201-4046
(425) 388-3010
 
Clallam County Law Library
223 East Fourth St.
PO Box 863
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0149
(360) 417-2287
Kitsap County Law Library
614 Division St.
Port Orchard, WA 98366
(360) 337-5788
Spokane County Law Library
Paulsen Bldg.
West 421 Riverside
Suite 1020
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 477-3680
Clark County Law Library
County Courthouse
1200 Franklin St.
PO Box 5000
Vancouver, WA 98666
(360) 397-2268
Kittitas County Law Library
County Courthouse
205 West Fifth St.
Ellensburg, WA 98926
(509) 962-7520
Stevens County Law Library
Colville Public Library
195 South Oak St.
Colville, WA 99114
(509) 684-7520
(County provides legal materials through an online service; public computers available at Colville Public Library and in Stevens County Rural Library District branches.)
Columbia County Law Library
County Courthouse
341 East Main St.
Dayton, WA 99328-1361
(509) 382-4321
Klickitat County Law Library
County Courthouse, Room 206
205 South Columbus, MS-CH-29
Goldendale, WA 98260
(509) 773-5755
Thurston County Law Library
County Courthouse, Bldg. 2
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 786-5560
Cowlitz County Law Library
Hall of Justice
312 SW First Ave.
Kelso, WA 98626
(360) 577-3070
Lewis County Law Library
Law and Justice Center, 2d Floor
345 West Main St.
PO Box 357
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-1333
Wahkiakum County Law Library
County Courthouse
64 Main St.
PO Box 397
Cathlamet, WA 98612
(360) 795-3652
Douglas County Law Library
County Courthouse
213 South Rainier St.
PO Box 488
Waterville, WA 98858
(509) 745-8529 Ext. 8
Lincoln County Law Library
County Courthouse
450 Logan St.
PO Box 396
Davenport, WA 99122-0396
(509) 725-3081
Walla Walla County Law Library
County Courthouse
315 West Main St.
PO Box 836
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 524-2796
Ferry County Law Library
County Courthouse
350 East Delaware Ave. #11
Republic, WA 99166-9747
(509) 775-5206
Mason County Law Library
County Courthouse
414 North Fourth St.
PO Box 905
Shelton, WA 98584
(360) 427-9670 Ext.345
Whatcom County Law Library
County Courthouse, Suite B-03
311 Grand Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6556
Franklin County Law Library
See
Benton/Franklin County Law Library
Okanogan County Law Library
149 Third North
Okanogan, WA 98840
(509) 422-7130
Whitman County Law Library
County Courthouse
North 404 Main
PO Box 679
Colfax, WA 99111
(509) 397-6244
Garfield County Law Library
789 Main St.
PO Box 915
Pomeroy, WA 99347-0915
(509) 843-3731
Pacific County Law Library
300 Memorial Dr.
PO Box 67
South Bend, WA 98586
(360) 875-9328
Yakima County Law Library
County Courthouse
128 North Second St.
Yakima, WA 98901-2631
(509) 574-2692
Grant County Law Library
35 C St. NW
PO Box 37
Ephrata, WA 98823
(509) 754-2011 Ext. 357
Pend Oreille County Law Library
Newport Public Library
116 South Washington Ave.
Newport, WA 99156-1708
(509) 447-2435
(County provides legal materials through an online service; public computers available at this library.)
 
Grays Harbor County Law Library
Courthouse, Room 202
102 West Broadway
Montesano, WA 98563
(360) 249-5311
Pierce County Law Library
County City Bldg., Room 1A-105
930 Tacoma Ave. South
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 798-7494
 

Thanks to Marcus Hochstetler, Director of the King County Law Library, for alerting us to website and phone number changes for many of these county law libraries in Feb. 2007.

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Washington Court Libraries

U.S. Courts Library
U.S. Courthouse, Room 650
920 West Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201-1010
(509) 353-3293
U.S. Courts Library
U.S. Courthouse
700 Stewart Street
Rm. 19105
Seattle, WA 98101-3141
(206) 370-8975
U.S. Court of Appeals Library
Park Place Bldg.
1200 6th Ave., Suite 404
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 553-4475

Washington Academic Law Libraries

Chastek Law Library
Gonzaga University,
721 North Cincinnati St.
Spokane, WA 99202
(509) 323-5792
 
Gallagher Law Library
University of Washington
William H. Gates Hall
Box 353025
Seattle, WA 98195-3025
(206) 543-4086
Seattle University Law Library
900 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122-4340
(206) 398-4220
Not a public law library;  call for information.

Directories of Washington Libraries

Directory of Washington Libraries (Washington State Library, 1992- ).
This print directory contains contact information, hours of operation, and descriptions of collections and services provided by libraries in Washington State. It is organized by type of library (academic, government, public, and special libraries). Law libraries may be included under academic, government, or special. There are indexes by staff name, library and organization name. The online version is searchable by library name, location, and type or category of library.

Federal and State Depository Programs at the Washington State Library
This website is maintained by the State Library and contains links to a list of libraries participating in the Washington State Depository Program and a list of the Washington libraries participating in the Federal Depository Library Program.

Washington State Yearbook: The Evergreen State Government Directory (Electronic Handbook Publishers, 1983- ).
This print resource is published annually in cooperation with the Office of the Governor and the Office of the Secretary of State. It includes contact information for the various public libraries and county law libraries in Washington in addition to other state and local government information.

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Directories of U.S. Law Libraries

Academic Law Libraries

The Association of American Law Schools maintains links to the websites of member and non-member law schools, organized alphabetically.

Findlaw: Law Schools provides links to U.S. law school websites (including online library catalogs), organized by law school name or state and select foreign law school websites.

Law Library Catalogs links to the online library catalogs of U.S. law schools and select state law library catalogs. It is maintained under the auspice of the American Association of Law Libraries.

Public Law Libraries

Findlaw: Public Law Libraries links to the websites of select state, court, and county law libraries nationwide.

LegalTrek: Law Libraries & Associations links to websites of U.S. academic, state, and local law libraries, federal law libraries, and law library associations. Also includes links to select international law libraries and associations. Websites are organized by state or type of library. LegalTrek, designed by Adam Piacente, is a legal index providing links to websites containing U.S. federal, state, and local legal materials.

State, Court & County Law Libraries links to websites of state, court, and county law libraries in the U.S. and select Canadian and Irish law libraries. This website is maintained by members of the State, Court and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries (SCCLL-SIS).

Print Directory

American Association of Law Libraries, AALL Directory and Handbook (1987- ) is an annual publication containing directory information for most U.S. law libraries.


Directories of Libraries in the United States & Worldwide

Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Member Libraries links to library websites of over 120 member libraries in the United States.

Lib-Dex: The Library Index is a worldwide directory of more than 18,000 library websites and online library catalogs. Many types of libraries are included such as academic, government, religious, and law libraries. Browse the index by geographic location (country and state) and then type of library (law) or search by keyword. The directory was created by Peter Scott of the University of Saskatchewan Libraries.

Lib-Web-Cats is an online directory of over 5,000 libraries worldwide including links to library websites and online catalogs. It includes law libraries in addition to other types of libraries (such as, public, corporate, medical, and school). The directory can be searched by institution name, type of library, and geographic location. The website is maintained by Marshall Breeding of Vanderbilt University.

LIBCAT: A Guide to Library Resources on the Internet provides links to over 1000 U.S. academic, public, government, and special (e.g., law) library websites and online catalogs and library websites in other countries. The "U.S. Libraries" and "Other Libraries" databases are searchable by keyword (e.g., law) or geographic region (state or country). The databases are maintained by Metronet, a library system in Minnesota.

Libweb links to more than 7,500 library websites from more than 135 countries. Includes academic, public, national, regional, state, and special libraries. The directory can be searched by library name, location or type of library. Law libraries may be included in several categories; for thorough coverage conduct a keyword search for "law."

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