Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some of the commonly asked questions we receive at the library:

Can the general public use the library?
Yes, but appointments are required. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 8 am – 12 pm.

To comply with social distancing requirements and protect the health and safety of patrons and staff, the Law Library must limit access to our facility. Access is available by appointment only.

To ensure the public enjoys equitable access to the unique legal information materials available at the Law Library, patrons are limited to one (1) appointment per day and must be engaged in one of the following law-related activities while inside the Law Library:

  •  Using a library computer for legal research or legal writing
  • Consulting a book/books in the library collection
  • Asking a reference question
  • Printing a law-related document from a library computer
  • Copying a law-related document on the library copy machine

Individuals not engaged in one of the above activities will be asked to leave the Law Library so others with a legal information need may have access to library resources.

By signing up for an appointment, you agree to adhere to social distancing requirements. While in the library, you must wear a mask, maintain a six-foot distance from others, and comply with staff directives. The Law Library recommends all patrons wipe down their workspace/library computer with a disinfectant wipe prior to use. A wipe will be provided to you by library staff.

The general public cannot check out books but they can make copies, take notes, etc. Please see our borrowing rules for more information.

What are the Library’s hours?
Starting June 15, 2021, the Library is open for appointments Monday-Friday, 8 am-12 pm, except Holidays. The library is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Can the public use the computers?
Computer use is available by appointment and limited to one (1) 50 minute session per day for legal research only. To maintain social distancing, staff cannot provide assistance at the computers or copiers.

How much is printing/copying?
The charge for self-service printing/copying is .15¢ per page, cash only. The library does not have the ability to accept debit, credit, or copy cards.

What forms of currency do you accept?
U.S. cash only, including change (coin), $1, and $5 bills only.

Do you have wi-fi?
Yes. The password is available at the front desk.

What databases do you have?
The library subscribes to the following legal database:  Lexis Advance. Users have to be in the library to use it. You’ll find the shortcut to Lexis on the computer desktop once you log in. The EBSCO (Nolo) database is available to residents of Ventura County, and has all the Nolo Publications.

I need to fill out court forms; can you help me with them?
Library staff are not attorneys, and therefore cannot help you choose what forms you need or give advice on filling them out. But, if you already know the form numbers, we can print them for you, and we may have books that can help you fill them out. You can also use our computers to fill out forms on the State or Ventura County Court websites. If you need more help, try starting at the Self Help Centers in the Hall of Justice.

Do you have tax forms available?
We currently do not have paper copies of tax forms. They can be printed from the following websites:

Federal Tax Forms

CA State Tax forms

(Please note: The IRS no longer distributes Federal tax forms in print.)

You can call the Ventura County Law Library at (805) 642-8982 with any other questions.