Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who may use the law library?  
    All members of the public who are preparing their own cases or are interested in the law, including students, paralegals, attorneys, and judicial officers are welcome to use the law library.
  • What types of materials does the law library have?
    The law library's focus is on California law and core research materials in print and online including codes, appellate case opinions, citators, legal treatises, law reviews, finding aids, self-help resources, practice guides and manuals.  We are a reference library only and no material circulates outside the library.
  • What online services are available to the public at the law library?
    Online subscriptions include access to primary sources (codes and cases) on Lexis, Westlaw, and WestlawNext, as well as specialized databases for secondary legal material including law journals on HeinOnline and attorney practice materials on Continuing Education of the Bar’s OnLaw.  Also available online are many self-help books by Nolo and other publishers. Printing or saving to CD is available from the public workstations.
  • Do you have access to local cases and records in the Superior Court of Tulare County?
    We do not have access to the Superior Court’s database or records department.  Access to individual cases, including Civil, Criminal, Family, Small Claims or Probate Court files, must be obtained directly from the Tulare County Superior Court.

  • Do you have materials for law or paralegal students?
    Law school and paralegal students are welcome to use the materials and services of the law library, but for textbooks or materials specifically for students, you will need to look to the school's library or bookstore.
  • Can you help me find a form? Can you help me fill out a form?
    We can show you self-help books, manuals, and sample forms to help you complete a form on your own. Judicial Council forms and other types of forms are also available and fillable on the Internet.  We can help you use various search tools to find a form, but we are not allowed to select a form for you or help you fill it. Staff is prohibited from providing legal advice.
  • How do I research a legal question?
    One good place to begin is with the Basic Legal Research - A Mini Research Class.  Provided by the Council of California County Law Librarians, this guide is intended to help you learn the legal research process with guidance on where to start and what resources to check as you research your legal problem.