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 in mid May to determine when we reopen. All checkouts have been extended until June 1, 2020.

Please check back for periodic updates to this website.

These actions are in response to Governor Newsom’s Stay Home Order (issued March 19th) and the Ventura County Public Health Department’s Stay Well at Home Order (issued March 20th).

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 June 30, 2020
Click HERE to Sign Up
Click HERE for Login Instructions
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Temporary Patron Access to Westlaw – Expires June 30, 2020
*Good for 20 hours *
Click HERE to Sign Up
Click HERE for Login Instructions

Please note: Trial IDs DO NOT allow for downloading/emailing results. The registration page says trials are for 7 days, please ignore. If the email used to create the Patron passwords has been linked to a past subscription, it will not work. For those who have had Westlaw in the past, use a new email.

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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