Law Library

Library Services & Hours
     
  • Public Hours: The Law Library is staffed and open to the public on a part-time schedule: Tuesday-Friday, 11:30am-4:30pm; closed Monday. Please call ahead to confirm the schedule, as hours are subject to change.
  • Assistance to Library Users: Library staff cannot give legal advice or interpret materials, but can assist in locating and using legal research materials in print and electronic formats.
  • Subscription Databases:  The library provides free access to a wide range of WestLaw® subscription databases for legal research.
  • Attorney Access: Members of the Whatcom County Bar Association may access the Law Library after hours. Please call the librarian for information.
  • Circulation: Materials must be used in the library; no check-out is available as the collection is a reference collection. Attorneys practicing in Whatcom County may check-out non-reserve items for a short period by arrangement.
  • Public Access Computers & Copier/Scanner: Three computers are available to access legal research databases or work on legal pleadings. Time limit is 15 minutes when others are waiting. A photocopier/scanner is available for public use (cash only).
  • Library Tours: Law library tours are available for school classes or other interested groups. Please call to arrange.

Legal Research
The Law Library maintains a website of legal research links, including free sources for statutes, case law, and public records.


Library Collection & Catalog
The library's print contains approximately 15,000 volumes with the fundamental Washington laws and practice guides, federal  laws, U.S. Supreme Court reports, Washington case law,  legal encyclopedias, digests, selected treatises, and law reports. Search the print collection catalog.

Mission & Funding
The Law Library serves the citizens and legal community of Whatcom County. Our mission is to provide access to current legal research materials and referral to other resources. County law libraries are established by Washington Law RCW 27.24 and funded through a portion of local court filing fees. The Whatcom County Law Library also receives an annual donation from the Whatcom County Bar Association.
 
Board of Trustees
Members of the Law Library Board of Trustees are:

  • Dean Brett, Whatcom County Bar Association
  • Perry Eskridge, Whatcom County Bar Association
  • William Knudsen, Whatcom County Bar Association
  • Judge Charles Snyder, Whatcom County Superior Court
  • Jack Louws, Whatcom County Executive (ex officio)
  • Dave McEachran, Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney (ex officio)