The Public Law Library of King County has several services to offer to its patrons. Click on the hyperlinks to jump down the page to the pertinent section, or scroll down the page for more information about each service. These services are:
- Borrow books and DVDs
- Search a legal database
- Request a copy of a document
- Let us do your research for you!
- Use a computer
- Make copies
- Send or receive a fax
- Scan a document
- Attend a legal clinic
- Search the Law Library’s catalog
- Use or reserve a conference room
- Notarize a document
- Inmate Video Visits
- Purchase office supplies
Borrow Books and DVDs
All of the Public Law Library’s resources are available for free to anyone who visits one of our branches. Individuals who also wish to check out materials are required to join the Subscriber Program and pay the appropriate fee. Participation in the Subscriber Program also provides a reduced rate for class fees, document delivery services, and conference room reservations.
Overdue books are subject to fines, which accumulate at a rate of $1.00 per day, per book.
Subscriber Program Rules
All subscribers agree to be bound by the rules of the Library. Any subscriber who flagrantly or persistently violates the Library rules will have their subscription privileges suspended or terminated by the Board of Law Library Trustees. A copy of the rules are available from the Library. For more information regarding the subscriber program or to obtain an application please contact the law library staff at 206-477-1305.
Search a Legal Database
Several research databases are available for use by anyone who visits either of our branches. There is no charge for using the databases; printouts are 20 cents per page. Patrons may save or email files (subject to daily and session limits) from WestlawNext. Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis with a two-hour time limit per day. These databases are not available through the Law Library’s website and must be accessed in person at one of our library locations.
- Catalog: Search the Library Catalog for print materials (books & periodicals)
- HeinOnline: This database is available on all public PCs in Seattle and the MRJC. It provides access to full-text articles from hundreds of the nation’s leading law reviews and bar journals, the Code of Federal Regulations and United States Code, a variety of Congressional documents including the Congressional Record and the Congressional Record Daily, and legal classics such as Blackstone’s Commentaries.
- LexisNexis with Shepard’s: This database is a public access version and is available on one PC in Seattle and one PC in the MRJC. It contains full-text searching of Washington Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Washington federal cases, the Annotated Revised Code of Washington, and our state’s three law reviews. Other law review articles and non-Washington cases are available by specific citation.
- SupportCalc: This program is custom software which automatically completes Washington State child support and financial declaration forms. It is available on one PC in each branch. Patrons who need to use SupportCalc have preference for those PCs.
- WestlawNext with Keycite: This database is a public access version and is available on two PCs in Seattle and one PC in the MRJC. It contains full-text searching of all 50 states and federal cases, statutes and regulations, our state’s legal encyclopedia Washington Practice, Washington jury verdicts and West’s proprietary citator service KeyCite.
- New! Library subscribers can now request an additional hour of Westlaw time – beyond the customary two-hour limit for non-subscribers. Given our greatly expanded access to primary and secondary materials in Westlaw, this extra time may prove very useful! Learn more about our expanded Westlaw content here.
- WSBA Deskbooks in Casemaker Libra: This “slice” of the content from the Washington State Bar Association’s Casemaker Libra online service provides full-text, searchable access to the popular deskbooks published by WSBA and a selection of CLE coursebooks.
Get Documents Delivered
PLLKC Delivers is a service which provides copies of known statutes, regulations, cases, law review articles and textbook citations from our collection. Documents can be delivered via standard mail (plus postage), fax, email or made available for pick up at the Library. Orders are accepted for known citations only. There is a limit of 10 citation requests per day per person. Orders placed after 4:00pm may not be available until the next business day. An invoice will be sent electronically. Payment can be made online via PayPal, by check via mail, or cash or Visa/MasterCard (in-person only).
Library subscribers qualify for three free document deliveries per year. (This is a $60 dollar value based on current subscriber pricing.) Learn more about becoming a library subscriber here.
Fee per citation from electronic sources not requiring copying, printing and/or scanning (email delivery only):
- $20.00 per citation for subscribers
- $25.00 per citation for non-subscribers
- No page limit but attachments are limited to 10 MBs per King County email policy
Fee per citation from paper sources requiring copying and/or scanning or electronic sources requiring printing (email or fax delivery):
- $20.00 per citation for subscribers
- $25.00 per citation for non-subscribers
- plus an additional .20 cents per page for sources over 20 pages, with a limit of 50 pages per citation
To Place An Order
Orders may be placed via email, telephone, or in-person.
Phone: (206) 477-1305
Let Us Do Your Research For You!
Running short on time? Attorney-subscribers* can hand off research to the Library’s skilled reference professionals and we will provide a research memorandum including references to applicable law and resources. Averaging more than 15 years of legal or law librarian experience, our staff has the familiarity with, and access to, print and electronic resources relevant to a wide array of legal issues. Research services are billed at a rate of $100 per hour, in 15 minute increments. Click here for more information.
* This service is limited to current subscribers who are licensed to practice law in the state of Washington.
Use a Computer
Enjoy free WiFi at both the Seattle and Kent branch of the Public Law Library of King County.
The Seattle Library has seven public computers with access to Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer and HeinOnline. The Seattle Library also has three computers that are reserved for research database access only (two for WestlawNext and one for LexisNexis). The LexisNexis computer also has access to SupportCalc, a software program for compiling child support forms.
Maleng Regional Justice Center:
The Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) Library has four public computers. All have access to Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer and HeinOnline. Additionally, PC 2 has WestlawNext, PC 3 has SupportCalc and PC 4 has LexisNexis.
Computer Use Policy:
Computer use is limited to two hours per person per day. Registration and logon information is available at the front desk. Reservations are not accepted.
Patrons may retrieve files from USB flash drive or CD-ROM and save to USB flash drive. USB flash drives are available for purchase at the Library for $10.00. Print outs are $.20 per page. Payment by cash, check or VISA/MasterCard ($5 minimum for cards).
The Public Law Library has two photocopiers in its Seattle location and one photocopier in its Kent location. These copiers make both standard and legal sized copies. They also have automatic document feeders to allow for quick copying of large documents.
The Public Law Library charges 20 cents per page for black and white copies and 75 cents per page for color copies. Color copies must be requested at the Information Desk. The photocopiers accept coins, one dollar bills and five dollar bills. The library also sells copy cards in $5.00, $10.00 and $20.00 denominations, which can be recharged. To purchase a copy card or to make change for a large bill, please inquire at the Information Desk.
Send or Receive a Fax & Scan Documents
Faxing Services and Prices
You may send or receive faxed documents at either branch using our public fax service.
Prices for Sending or Receiving a Fax:
$1.00 for the first page, $.20 per page thereafter. Outgoing faxes of more than 20 pages may need to be split into 2 or more jobs.
To Send a Fax from the Law Library:
Fill out the Public Fax Service cover sheet at the Library, wait for successful completion of the fax, pay the fee and retrieve your originals.
To Receive a Fax at the Law Library:
Give the Library’s fax number to the sending party, notify the Library that a fax is coming, and pick up and pay the fee.
Unclaimed incoming faxes will be discarded at the end of the day.
Scanning Services and Prices
Price for Scanning
$1.00 for the first page, $.20 per page thereafter, for each finished .pdf document.
For example, a stack of 5 documents consisting of 5 pages each that is scanned into one finished .pdf would be $1.00 for the first page plus $.20 for each additional page (24 pages x $.20 each = $4.80) or a total of $5.80. The same stack of 5 documents scanned into individual .pdfs would be charged $5.00 for the five first pages plus $4.00 for the additional four pages of each document (4 pages x 5 documents = 20 pages x $.20) for a grand total of $9.00.
You must provide a USB drive to save the scanned files or you may purchase a USB drive from the Library for $10.00. Files will be given a generic name (e.g. KCLLEFILINGSCAN001.pdf) and will need to be renamed before you use them. You can use the Library’s public access computers to E-File documents through the King County Superior Court. You can also create documents in MS Word on the Library’s computers and save them as a PDF file using the free CutePDF Writer printer that is installed on the computers.
Attend a Legal Clinic
Today, more people are representing themselves in legal proceedings than anytime in the past. The library’s effort to provide limited legal help is part of a statewide movement to meet the ever-growing unmet legal needs of Washington residents. Low-income Washingtonians average 9.3 legal problems per year and a vast majority of them do not get legal help for those problems.
We are here to help.
Use or Reserve a Conference Room
In the Seattle Library
The Seattle library has 6 conference rooms available for public use on the sixth floor of the King County Courthouse. All rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis unless there is a scheduled legal clinic or reservation.
Conference Rooms 1-4 are located on the north-side of the library. Two of these are smaller meeting rooms that seat 3-5 people comfortably and the other two are larger rooms that seat 6-8 people around the tables with plenty of space left for more people around the room.
Conference Room 5 is located at the south-end of the library and is one of our larger rooms that comfortably holds 6-8 people or more. Food & beverages are allowed in all of the conference rooms.
Conference Room 6 and the Legal Research and Training Center (LRTC) is also available for reservation (no walk-in use), subject to availability.
In the Kent Library
The Kent library in the MRJC has 1 conference room available for public use on a first-come, first-served basis and for reservation. This room seats 4-6 people comfortably.
Reserving a Conference Room
- For members of the Public Law Library’s Subscriber Program, the hourly reservation fee is $15.00.
- For all others (non-subscribers), the hourly reservation fee is $20.00.
- The reservation fee is waived for local, State and Federal government agencies. If you have questions as to whether or not you qualify for a reservation fee waiver, please call us at (206) 477-1305.
- The rooms are reserved in 30-minute blocks.
- Single-day reservations must be paid in-full on the day of the reservation.
- 24 Hour Cancellation Policy: Should you wish to cancel your conference room reservation, you must do so within 24 hours of the reservation or you will be held responsible for the full cost of the conference room reservation.
- New! Add our Amenities Tray to any conference room reservation for an additional charge of $25 per day. The tray contains items such as granola bars, bottled water, tissues, and basic office supplies (legal pads, pens, stapler, tape, etc.).
Legal Clinic Reservations
The Seattle library currently hosts four legal clinics that have standing reservations for conference rooms. Consult the legal clinics page for specific days and times.
Notarize a Document
We offer the following notary services in both of our locations:
- Witnessing signatures
- Oaths and affirmations
- Verification upon oath or affirmation
Not all staff members are notaries so please contact us in advance to arrange a time to meet with a notary. The fee is $10.00 per signature.
Inmate Video Visits
Cy Pres Award for Video Visits
The Public Law Library of King County was awarded funds from a class action settlement regarding inmate collect calls. The settlement funds are generally limited to projects that directly benefit inmates and their families. The Public Law Library has used a portion of these funds to purchase video conference equipment for conference rooms at both our library locations. Department of Corrections (DOC) approved visitors may use this equipment free-of-charge to participate in a video visit (using JPay.com) with inmates at all DOC facilities except Stafford Creek.
The remainder of the funds will be used to reimburse Video Visit participants for the cost of the visit as charged by JPay (currently $12.95 per visit). To qualify for reimbursement, the video visit must take place at one of our locations and be scheduled in advance through JPay and the Library. Participants will be reimbursed in cash at the conclusion of the video visit. Additional restrictions apply.
Office Supply Price List
The following office supplies are available for purchase in-person at either branch location of the library.
$0.50 per pad
Business Letter Envelopes
Sheets of White Paper
Large Pad of Paper
$1.50 per pad
Small Pad of Paper
$1.00 per pad
$10.00 (2-4 GB)
$0.50 per stamp
Prices revised 06/16/2016