History of the Law Library

The Clark County Law Library was created by the enactment of Ordinance #1 of the Clark County Board of Commissioners on January 5th, 1923.  For over 93 years the Clark County Law Library has served the legal research needs of the bench, bar, and public of Southern Nevada.  The Clark County Law Library derives its income from a portion of the filing fees in civil cases heard in the District Court of Clark County.  Therefore, the Law Library is supported by litigants, who derive the main benefit from the Library, rather than by general tax funds.

The Clark County Law Library is a public law library open to everyone and there is no fee to use the library.  The Law Library maintains in its collection both state and federal statutes, regulations, and cases, as well as commentary (in the form of treatises and periodicals).  The entire collection contains more than 60,000 volumes, over 260 periodical titles, nearly 150 topical loose-leaf services, and subscribes to six computerized databases.  Materials are available in a variety of formats: paper, microfiche, video, audiotape, and CD-ROM.  Ten computers are available for LEGAL RESEARCH ONLY.  There is no fee to use the computers, but you must sign in at the Reference desk and present a photo ID.  The computers are available during normal business hours.

The Law Library is governed by the Law Library Board of Trustees--seven members drawn from the general public and the Clark County bench and bar.  The Law Library is administered by the Law Library Director, Karen Byrd.

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How We Assist Our Patrons
 
Reference Assistance Reference Assistance is available at the Reference Desk.  Library staff will happily aid in research by locating sources, explaining sources and their use, and other library functions that will aid a patron in performing their own legal research.  Staff members CANNOT give legal advice, legal opinions, or provide legal assistance in any manner; patrons in need of professional legal assistance should consult a lawyer.  It is the responsibility of the patron to do all of the necessary research needed to find the answers to their legal issues. 

Here is a brief summary of what staff members CAN and CANNOT do: 
   

WHAT WE CAN DO:  

WHAT WE CANNOT DO:   

 Make referrals to proper agencies    Give legal advice
 Direct public to sources of law and forms    Interpret statutes, cases, or regulations  
 Instruct in usage of legal materials  Answer telephone inquiries  
 Explain format requirements for pleadings    State opinions on legal issues
 Locate informative reading materials    Select specific forms and/or choose the language for forms

 

Holiday Schedule

The Clark County Law Library is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The library is closed on Sundays.

The Clark County Law Library observes all State and County holidays.

Patron Code of Conduct

The Law Library is intended for use by persons engaged in law-related research or procedures.  The Patron Code of Conduct ensures the preservation of an environment conducive to legal study.

Additional Information

Below you will find links to other pages that have more information about the Law Library.  To go to that new page, click the blue hyperlink.

The Board and Staff - This page has the members of the Law Library Board of Trustees as well as the names of the staff of the library.

A Floor Map of the Library - This page will show the layout of the materials here in the library.  If you have a question about where something is located this map will answer it! 

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