Public Hours: The Law Library is staffed and open to the public on a part-time schedule: Wednesday-Friday, 10:00am-4:30pm; closed Monday and Tuesday. Please call ahead to confirm the schedule, as hours are subject to change.
***IMPORTANT UPDATE - Effective June 2nd, 2021: The Law Library will be open to the public on a trial basis. Our hours will be Wednesday-Friday 10 am to 3 pm. Masks that cover your nose and mouth will be required 100% of the time you are in the library and social distancing of six feet must be observed. The number of workstations is reduced to three (3) and time is limited to one (1) hour for non-attorneys. I am still accepting requests via telephone at 360-778-5790 or email at email@example.com during those hours.
Assistance to Library Users: Library staff cannot give legal advice or interpret materials, but can assist in locating and using legal research materials in print and electronic formats.
Subscription Databases: The library provides free access to a wide range of WestLaw® subscription databases for legal research.
Attorney Access: Members of the Whatcom County Bar Association may access the Law Library after hours. Please call the librarian for information.
Circulation: Materials must be used in the library; no check-out is available as the collection is a reference collection. Attorneys practicing in Whatcom County may check-out non-reserve items for a short period by arrangement.
Public Access Computers & Copier/Scanner: Six computers are available to access legal research databases or work on legal pleadings. A photocopier/scanner is available for public use (cash only).
Library Tours: Law library tours are available for school classes or other interested groups. Please call to arrange.
The library's print collection and catalog contains approximately 15,000 volumes including the fundamental Washington laws and practice guides, federal laws, U.S. Supreme Court reports, Washington case law, legal encyclopedias, digests, selected treatises, and law reports. Search the print collection catalog.
Mission & Funding
The Law Library serves the citizens and legal community of Whatcom County. Our mission is to provide access to current legal research materials and referral to other resources. County law libraries are established by Washington Law RCW 27.24 and funded through a portion of local court filing fees. The Whatcom County Law Library also receives an annual donation from the Whatcom County Bar Association.
Board of Trustees
Members of the Law Library Board of Trustees are:
Sharon Westergreen, Whatcom County Bar Association
Lisa Saar, Whatcom County Bar Association
Rolf Beckhusen, Whatcom County Bar Association
Rud Browne, Whatcom County Council Chair (ex officio)