Fort Bend County Law Library has a good working collection of basic legal materials, for in-library use only. Most of the library's print collection consists of reference sources on Texas statutes and case law; U.S. Supreme Court case law and federal statutes; a wide selection of Texas practice guides and forms manuals; and other research materials, including legal encyclopedias, state case-law digests, and federal practice guides. In addition to the library's print collection, a number of legal research resources are available online and on CD-ROM.
Computers for Public Use
The Fort Bend County Law Library provides public-access computers.
Computer software available on these computers include:
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional
Word Perfect v.13
Adobe Pro DC
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: 8.5x11 B&W 10¢ per page (coins)
Printer Type: 8.5x11 Color $1.00 per page (coins)
Printer Type: 8.5x14 B&W 10¢ per page (coins)
Printer Type: 8.5x14 Color $1.00 per page (coins)
Price (per page):
B&W Letter (8.5x11) - 10¢ (coins)
B&W Legal (8.5x14) - 10¢ (coins)
Send (per page)
Long distance: $2.00
Receive (per page)
Typewriter use is free at the Fort Bend County Law Library and is available on a walk-in basis.
Rooms can be booked for seminar viewing, depositions, or training purposes ONLY. Public rooms shut down 15 minutes before the library closes each day.
Study Rooms: Cannot be reserved; they are available on a walk-in basis only. 2 study rooms are available (Capacity: 4 per room)
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.