Library Online Resources
The Law Library provides ten public computers with access to the Internet and Microsoft Office Suite for the convenience of library patrons. Wireless Internet access is also available. The following online legal databases are available at no charge:
Available Inside and Outside the Library:
- A database with full-text access to self-help guides for people inexperienced with legal issues. Written in plain English, these books provide great step-by-step and informational guides for non-attorneys faced with legal issues.
- Includes popular NOLO titles: Fight your Ticket and Win in California, Everybody’s Guide to Small Claims Court in California, The Guardianship Book for California, How to Probate an Estate in California, The California Landlord’s Law Guide: Evictions, The California Landlord’s Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities, California Tenants’ Rights, and Win Your Lawsuit: Sue in California Superior Court Without a Lawyer.
- This database is available outside of the library for residents of Ventura County. Click here to access it.
Available Only Inside the Library:
- California specific practice materials on a wide range of legal topics, including criminal, family, probate, real property, civil litigation, business and employment law. The database allows for full text searching and contains many sample forms.
- The premier source for searching and accessing full text articles from law reviews and legal journals. Nearly all major American law reviews are covered, with archives going back to the early 1900s for some titles. HeinOnline also provides access to a number of Federal government materials, including the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, The U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S. Attorney General Opinions, and Presidential and Supreme Court documents.
- California and Federal practice databases available.
Matthew Bender Titles
- A large selection of Matthew Bender titles are available on the public computer desktops. They can be searched and printed from.
- A comprehensive source for accessing cases, laws and administrative materials nationwide. Patrons in the library can search and access all California cases and laws, as well as other state and federal sources. Secondary sources such as ALR, AmJur 2nd, the Rutter Group practice guides and the Witkin libraries are also available. Westlaw provides the KeyCite service for checking the validity of laws and statutes.
- Located on one stand alone computer, the Dissomaster has been provided by the Ventura County Superior Court. This program is used for calculating spousal and child support under California family law and tax codes. The software has been approved by the Judicial Council of California for use in all state courts. A printer is available free of charge.