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Fort Bend County Law Library Fort Bend County Law Library
Richmond, Texas

1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Rm 30298
Richmond, Texas 77469
281-341-3718
281-342-0734 FAX

Mailing Address:
301 Jackson Street.
Richmond, Texas 77469

Andrew Bennett
Law Librarian

HOURS
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
8 - 5
8 - 5
8 - 5
8 - 5
8 - 5
CLOSED
CLOSED

Library Closings 2016

Date
Day
Jan 1
New Year's Day
Jan 18
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
March 25, 26, 27
Good Friday
May 13
Staff Development Day
May 29, 30
Memorial Day
Jul 2, 3, 4
Independence Day
Sept 5
Labor Day
Sept 23
Fair Day
Nov 11
Veterans' Day
Nov 24, 25, 26, 27
Thanksgiving
Dec 23, 24, 25, 26
Christmas


COLLECTION FOCUS

Fort Bend County Law Library has a good working collection of basic legal materials, for in-library use only. Those resources include:
Printed Sources (Selected listings)

  • Texas Statutes and Codes
  • Legal Encyclopedias
  • Texas Case Law
  • Texas Case-Law Digests
  • United States Statutes and Codes
  • Texas Citators
  • United States Supreme Court Case Law
  • Texas Law Reviews and Periodicals
  • Texas Practice Guides and Form Manuals
  • Continuing Legal Education Course Guides
  • Federal Practice Guides and Form Manuals
  • Legal Self-Help Guides

Law Library Databases and Digital Resources (In-library use ONLY)

  • WestlawNext
  • HeinOnline
  • Lexis Advance
  • James Publishing Resources
  • O’Connor’s Online
  • State Bar Practice Manuals and Jury Charges

For more information about Law Library Resources, check out our Catalog


COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY

Public Computers
The Fort Bend County Law Library provides public-access computers.

Computer software available on these computers include:

Adult

Internet
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional
Word Perfect v.13
Adobe Professional and Forms Central

Irfan View
Legal Research Databases

WiFi Access
WiFi access is available throughout the Justice Center building, which includes the Law Library. Please see library staff for information about connecting your WiFi-enabled devices.

Printing and Scanning
Printing from the public-access computers is accomplished through the use of network laser printers.

Printer type

Payment type

Price (per page)

B&W
Color

Coin
Cash or Check

B&W: 10¢
Color: $1.00

A flatbed scanner is available at this library for images only.


PROGRAMS

Technology Classes

The staff of the Fort Bend County Law Library conducts entry-level classes on legal databases. Examples include “Introduction to Westlaw Next” and “Advanced Searching on Lexis Advance.” Classes are only available on Thursdays. Call the Law Library at 281-341-3718 for information and scheduling.

OTHER EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC

Photocopying

Printer type

Payment type

Price (per page)

B&W

Coin

Letter (8.5x11): 10¢

Legal (8.5x14): 10¢

Fax Machine

Send (per page)

Receive (per page)

Local: $1.00
Long distance: $2.00
International: $3.00

$1.00

Typewriter
Typewriter use is free at the Fort Bend County Law Library and is available on a walk-in basis.


HISTORY OF FORT BEND COUNTY LAW LIBRARY

In December 1989, in accordance with §323.021(a) of the Texas Local Government code, Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County ordered the establishment and maintenance of a County Law Library in the county seat of Richmond, Texas. The Commissioners Court authorized the Fort Bend County Bar Association to contract with Fort Bend County Libraries for the administrative operations of the County Law Library, effective January 1, 1990. Funding for the library's operations comes from filing fees in civil cases in the district or county courts, as provided by Texas Local Government Code §323.023. The Law Library is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of a Law Library Committee appointed by the Fort Bend County Bar Association and current officers of the Bar Association. The Board meets on a regular basis. The goal of the Fort Bend County Law Library is to provide non-discriminatory support for the legal research, reference, and educational needs of all litigants, attorneys, judges, county officials, and other interested individuals in Fort Bend County. Personnel of Fort Bend County Law Library have a duty to neither engage in the unauthorized practice of law nor to solicit an attorney-client relationship. The staff does have a special duty to protect the essential confidential relationship that exists between a user and the library.

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