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.
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.
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
January 15, 2021
February 11, 2021
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
COVID-19 Tenant Resources: Click HERE
Temporary Patron Access to Lexis Advance
LexisNexis is committed to working with us and the wider legal community during COVID-19 and continues to provide access to Library Patrons.
You may register for a temporary Lexis Advance® ID at https://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/pa-access-request.page .
You will receive an ID within 1 business day. This ID is good for 30 days and allows you to conduct research on primary law only.
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
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
Google Scholar case law search – Select “case law”
**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
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.”
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.
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|