About the Library

Library Hours
Library Location
General Information
Mission
Closed Dates

Library Hours

In response to the latest recommendations from State and Local public health authorities, the Ventura County Law Library is CLOSED to the public until further notice to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will evaluate events to determine when we reopen.

Please check back for periodic updates to this website.

Already registered borrowers: please contact the law library first if you would like to check out or return a book. There are new book drop procedures in place; walk-ups are not available.

 Email: ask@vencolawlib.org

 Due to scheduled Ventura Superior Court Closures, the Law Library Book Pick-up/Drop-off is UNAVAILABLE on the following dates:

September 30, 2020
October 21, 2020
November 18 & 25, 2020
December 16, 23, 24, 30 & 31, 2020

No new registrations taking place at this time due to our closure. Thank you for your understanding.

In the meantime, these online resources are available from home with an internet connection:

Legal Issues Relevant to COVID-19:
The California Lawyers Association has prepared a variety of videos for the public addressing various legal issues that are arising due to COVID-19. Issues covered include employment, family, small business, and real estate. 
Click the link to visit the page: https://calawyers.org/covid-19-public-resources/#videos

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COVID-19 Tenant Resources: Click HERE

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Temporary Patron Access to LexisAdvance – Expires September 30, 2020

Click HERE to Sign Up

Click HERE for Login Instructions (*users will receive user IDs and temporary passwords via email within one business day)

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Temporary Patron Access to WestlawNext

Click HERE to Sign Up

Click HERE for Login Instructions

*Use a new email address if you previously created an account or if you get a message to call customer support
*Accounts are for 20 hours of usage over 14 days

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CEB Database Access – The link will lead to registration and request for access.  If the patron does not have a California Bar number, they can enter N/A in the BAR# field, and will receive the same CEB Pro access.

NOLO Publications Database – Enter “ca” for state abbreviation and “ventura” for password

California Courts Self-Help Website

Ventura County Superior Court Info

Google Scholar case law searchSelect “case law”

Legal Guides by Sacramento Law Library

Legal Guides by San Diego Law Library

**In addition, the Legal Aid Clinics are CANCELLED until further notice. 

For Ventura County Coronavirus Information, Click here.

Also see: California Department of Public Health

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Library Location

The Ventura County Law Library is located on the first floor of the Hall of Justice in the Ventura County Government Center complex, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, California. The Law Library entrance is directly opposite parking lot “A.”

General Information

The Ventura County Law Library was established April 18, 1891 under a California statute, Chapter CCXXV, approved March 31st of that year. It is a state local governmental agency separate from the county and operates pursuant to California Business and Professions Code 6300 et.seq

The Law Library is governed by a six-member board of trustees consisting of representatives from the Ventura County Superior Court, the County Board of Supervisors, and the Ventura County Bar Association. The Director of the Law Library serves as the Secretary to the Board. Law Library operations are financed primarily through a portion of the filing fee paid by parties involved in civil cases in the Ventura County Superior Court. The County of Ventura provides the library quarters, utilities and maintenance.

The Law Library is available to anyone who needs to use the collection and services. Judges, attorneys, paralegals, students, residents of Ventura County and visitors to the County are welcome.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ventura County Law Library is to provide access to current legal resources by providing an up-to-date research collection, supporting services, and new technologies possible within the scope of funding available to the Law Library. The Law Library’s primary obligation is to serve the citizens and the legal community of Ventura County. Secondary obligations include service to other Ventura County libraries, other California county law libraries and the state law library, and other attorneys, citizens and libraries in the state of California.

2020 Closed Dates:

Wednesday, January 1 New Year’s Day
Monday, January 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Wednesday, February 12 Lincoln’s Birthday
Monday, February 17 President’s Day
Tuesday, March 31 Cesar Chavez Day
Monday, May 25 Memorial Day
Friday, June 26 Staff Inventory Day
Friday, July 3 Independence Day
Monday, September 7 Labor Day
Monday, October 12 Indigenous People’s Day
Wednesday, November 11 Veterans Day
Thursday, November 26 Thanksgiving
Friday, November 27 Day after Thanksgiving
Thursday, December 24 Christmas Eve
Friday, December 25 Christmas Day
Thursday, December 31 New Year’s Eve