The Law Library is a public library that serves the legal information needs of self-represented litigants, legal professionals, the judiciary, and county and other governmental officials. Public access to legal information is a critical component of open and equal access to the justice system. The Law Library’s mission is to provide all of its patrons appropriate access to accurate and practical legal information
- Internet access and Microsoft Word are available on three public computer stations.
- Printing: Black and white photocopies and/or computer printouts cost 15 cents per page.
- WestlawNext allows for keyword and natural language subject searching of Virginia and Federal primary and secondary sources, forms and textbooks.
- Gale Legal Forms database provides access to legal, business and personal forms and template documents, including many that are specific to Virginia.
- Law Library Kiosk provides access to Virginia forms and templates of standard court documents.
- Small Business Resource Center covers all aspects of operating a business, including accounting and tax resources.
- Reference and research assistance is provided to all users. Reference services are available by phone, in person or email.
- Attorney referral information about local agencies, programs and attorneys is provided to pro se litigants who need assistance.
- Borrowing privileges are available to court staff and licensed Virginia attorneys. Attorneys may also apply for “after-hours” access to the Law Library.
- Work tables and a charging station for mobile phones are available for patron use.
Free notary services are available on a drop-in basis but appointments are recommended. Some important information before you come in for notary service:
- Documents must be signed in the presence of the Notary Public after the presentation of a valid photo ID.
- Documents presented must be in English and able to be read by the Notary Public on duty.
- Certified copies of birth, death or marriage certificates are not available through a Notary Public and can be requested by the issuing government office.
- Witnesses to signatures may not always be available based on staffing. Please consider bringing required witnesses with you.
- While appointments are not required, they are recommended to assure that a Notary Public is available to assist you in a timely manner.
- In order to assure that there is time to complete all necessary documents, appointments will not be taken within one hour of closing.