Law Library Frequently Asked Questions
Is the law library open to the public?
Yes, it is. Roughly 30% of our patrons are pro se, meaning "one's own behalf; appearing for oneself".
What are your hours?
The law library is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. only. NO weekends hours.
Where are you located?
The law library is in the 505 Judicial Office Facility, located on the east side of County Farm Road. It is the building with the green roof and the law library is on the 2nd floor.
Where can I park?
There is a parking garage on the east side of the Judicial Office Facility.
What is in the law library collection?
The law library contains Illinois law, Federal laws, digests, legal encyclopedias, regional reporters, treatises, legal periodicals, and dictionaries.
Can the librarians give me definitions of legal terms?
No, but we can assist by giving you Black's Law Dictionary.
Will the librarian assist me in filling out legal forms?
No, since we are librarians and not attorneys, we will only direct you to the correct set of form books in the law library.
I understand why an attorney would use the law library, but for what purpose would the general public use the law library?
The public uses the law library for various problems such as landlord tenant issues, domestic relations, wills and estates, employment issues, dog law, zoning, neighborhood issues, small claims, and speeding & motor vehicle issues.
What if I want to know more about the law on a motor vehicle ticket I received?
To locate additional information, you can research the Illinois Compiled Statutes, which contains all Illinois law.
Would a public library carry the same legal material as the law library?
No, however, most public libraries carry their state laws. They would also have legal self-help volumes in their collection.