Public Law Library

COVID-19 Change of Operations

The Law Library re-opened on June 1, 2020, with some limitations in light of statewide orders regarding the pandemic. Until further notice, FPLL will:

  • enforce 6 ft. social distancing as much as possible.
  • not maintain any evening hours.
  • adhere to the court order requiring the wearing of masks/face coverings throughout the facility.
  • allow a maximum number of users in open areas (currently 25 individuals).
  • limit use of conference room to 3 Persons.
  • limit individuals’ time in the Library to three hours total per day.
Visiting the Law Library

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Visiting the Law Library

  • The Law Library is open to the public, however, visitors will need to go through the building’s security procedures at the entrances to the courthouse.
  • The Law Library is a non-circulating library; books and materials in the printed collection may be read, reviewed and photocopied on site, but they may not be checked out. Black & white photocopiers are available for a per-side-fee [see fee schedule below] payable at front desk.
  • The Library’s Video/Conference Room is available for small groups engaged in courthouse-related activities during regular operating hours. Please call the main phone (703-246-2170) to reserve the room. If no reservations are calendared, the room may be used on an “as available” basis after contacting front desk staff.
  • A County training room with computers is located in the Library. Call for additional information on the use of this room.
  • Phone conversations are prohibited in main Library areas, as are unmuted operations on personal devices or Library computers without earbuds. Please bring your own earbuds, if desired.
  • No food or beverages are to be consumed in the Law Library.

Fairfax Public Law Library Staff
 

are prepared and permitted to:
  • describe and/or help locate resources in the library.
  • assist with research questions and provide access to available databases.
  • provide general information about court procedure and sources.
  • recommend various agencies, offices, and lawyer referral services.
are prohibited from:
  • encouraging customers to take particular legal action.
  • providing opinions on legal documents, forms, statutes, regulations, cases, etc.
  • choosing specific forms for customers to file.
  • preparing or typing any documents for customers.

 

Resources

Device/Computer Use

  • You may bring a personal laptop computer, as well as a phone, into the courthouse.
     
  • Free wireless internet service (WiFi) is available on unsecured networks in the Law Library and several common areas in the courthouse.
     
  • Eight (8) public computers/work stations are available to visitors in the Law Library; these have access to the Internet and word processing and are configured to one central black & white printer.

Law Library Fee Schedule

Photocopies (self service; black & white only)

$0.25/side/page

Fax (incoming and outgoing)

$1.00/page

Printouts (black & white only)

$0.25/page

 

  • The Law Library can accept cash and credit/debit cards (Visa, Mastercard and Discover).
  • Transaction receipts may be provided.
  • Fees are subject to change.
Contact Info. & Directions

Databases and Resources on Law Library Computers

Fairfax Public Law Library users have free access to state and federal caselaw, statutes, attorney general opinions, and a large percentage of the major law digests, jurisprudence, legal periodicals, and treatises used in American law practice.

These databases include:

  • WestlawNEXT
  • LexisAdvance
  • HeinOnline
  • VADER
  • Virginia CaseFinder/Geronimo
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • VerdictSearch (indexed civil verdicts & settlements in Va., Md., & DC)
  • CD-ROM collection – forms accompanying book series

Online Legal Resources

About the Fairfax Public Law Library

Mission

To Promote Justice by Providing All Citizens with Access to Legal Information

Vision

The Public Law Library is a critical component of Fairfax County’s efforts to provide its citizens with meaningful access to justice. Located in the Fairfax county courthouse, the facility operates as the preeminent resource for legal information and serves the public, attorneys, judges, government officials, students, and legal support staff.

Goals and Objectives

The Fairfax Public Law Library promotes education and justice by providing access to legal texts and information technology for the general public as well as members of the legal profession and public officials. The Library serves these various communities by providing:

  • professional staff trained to provide assistance in researching federal, state, and local resources, information, and procedures;
  • maintenance and development of a law library collection oriented to diverse patron needs;
  • access to Internet and online legal resources; and
  • designated areas for research, reading, training, and meetings.

Contact Info. & Directions

4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 115, Fairfax, VA, 22030

Phone: 703-246-2170, TTY 711
Fax: 703-591-0310
E-mail: liblawlibrary@fairfaxcounty.gov

Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday, Closed Holidays
(Library follows Fairfax Circuit Court calendar and inclement weather closings)

Directions – Driving Directions (Google Maps)

Parking – Hourly public parking is available for a fee in designated public parking garage (entrances to Garage B on Page Avenue). Free parking is available in several marked lots located some blocks from the courthouse in surrounding Fairfax City, with only limited street parking in the area. Persons with valid handicapped parking permits may park near the front of the courthouse in reserved lots/spaces clearly marked for their use.

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