Libraries' Network Down

Beginning at noon on Fri, May 14, through mid-morning Mon, May 17, the FBCL network will be down at ALL LOCATIONS because of HVAC (a/c) replacement at the main library.

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Phase 3 Gradual Re-Opening

Five library buildings now open to the public. For more information, click here.

Curbside Pick-Up Service continues at all locations.

Recommended Websites

List of recommended websites maintained and updated by Law Library staff.

Local Court Records
A database of local court records for matters filed in 1983 and after is available through the Fort Bend County website

E-File Texas
File legal documents online in Texas courts

Searchable database of Federal and multi-jurisdictional case law including Texas

Google Scholar
Searchable database of Texas and Federal cases

Provides access to federal district and appellate cases and state appellate cases. Cases are browseable by jurisdiction and date

American Association of Law Libraries - Legal Information Services to the Public SIS Texas Research Toolkit
This guide will provide practical informaiton regarding resources for Texas legal research.

How to Research a Legal Problem - AALL Guide
Research guide from the American Association of Law Libraries on legal research for non attorneys.

Texas Administrative Code
Browsable listing of the Texas Administrative Code

Texas Constitution and Statutes
Searchable and browseable database of all the Texas Constitution, all 27 Texas codes, and other statutes from the Texas Legislature.

Texas Court Help
Videos containing basic information about navigating the Texas courts system.

Texas Courts Online
Portal for information and resources concerning Texas courts.

Texas Law Help
Free legal information and sample, fill-in-the-blank style forms for low-income Texans. Links to articles, websites, and forms are organized by topic, ranging from Divorce to Eviction to Civil Rights on the homepage. This site also includes a calendar of Legal Advice Clinics and Hotlines.

Texas Legislative Reference Library
The primary purpose of the Legislative Reference Library is to satisfy the reference and research needs of the Legislature, its staff, and its committees. Whenever possible within this framework, the library will assist the public and other state agencies with legislative research.

Texas Register
A weekly publication, the Texas Register serves as the journal of state agency rulemaking for Texas. Information published in the Texas Register includes proposed, adopted, withdrawn and emergency rule actions, notices of state agency review of agency rules, governor's appointments, attorney general opinions, and miscellaneous documents such as requests for proposals.

Texas State Law Library - Remote Database
List of databases free of charge to Texas residents. Must create a library card for access.

GovInfo (Government Printing Office)
Links to the United States Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Legislative and Presidential Documents, US Court Opinions and more.
Contains all legislative materials beginning with the 93rd Congress.

Supreme Court of the United States
Access tot he U.S. Reports, U.S. Supreme Court Opinions and the SCOTUSBlog.

United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
Opinions from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals which covers Mississippi, Louisiana and the Eastern District of Texas

United States Courts
Access to the US Courts which includes court documents and court rules.

United States Tax Court
Access to the US Tax Courts including regular, memorandum, and summary decisions and opinions.