Address
Lane County Public Service Building
125 East 8th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401

Phone
(541) 682-4337
(541) 682-4315 FAX

Office Hours
8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday - Friday

Division Head
Neil Miller
Law Librarian
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Law Library 

The Lane County Law Library provides legal books, web based resources, and staff to help you use those resources. The library is open to attorneys, judges, litigants, and the general public.

About the Library

The library is located in the basement of the Public Service Building downtown next to the County Courthouse. The facilities include print materials, a computer research room, a meeting room, copiers, and tables for reading and research. The law library provides access to print materials including treatises, practice guides, statutes, cases, and CLEs from the Oregon State Bar. The library also provides free access to internet based research including Westlaw, Lexis, NCLC, and other materials.

Mission Statement:  The Lane County Law Library is dedicated to providing a high-level of service to all members of the community. As part of this mission, the Law Library strives to provide access to legal materials needed for legal research by members of the bar, the judiciary and the public.

The Library is managed by Neil Miller. Neil is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law. If you have questions about services, or materials in the library, feel free to contact him through the sidebar on the left side of this page.

Before visiting we encourage you to consider our — Tips for Getting the Most Out of the Law Library. 

Library News

The library has recently received:

Updates to numerous publications including Drafting Wills and Trust Agreements, and the NCLC Consumer Law Series for 2013.

The Sixth Edition of Oregon Evidence is now available at the library.

Numerous Audio Program MCLEs from the Professional Liability Fund, and more will be ordered soon from the Multnomah Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar. The library welcomes input on MCLE suggestions.

Oregon State Bar’s Environmental Law: Regulation and  Permitting.

In addition, the following titles will soon be added to the collection:

2014 U.S. Tax Master Guide

Our web based research tools have changed slightly:

Westlaw NEXT is now available from our computers with the option to email cases to yourself. Our subscription includes Oregon and all U.S. primary materials, with Keycite and the ability to access some related treatise materials.

HeinOnline has been continued for 2013-2014 and contains most U.S. Law Reviews.

In other news:

The library recently reorganized their materials. This includes bringing newer materials previously in the back to the front to make them more accessible, and ensuring that more materials are arranged by call number.

The library recently compared Google Scholar, www.scholar.google.com, to our pay subscription sites, including Westlaw and Lexis. The results may surprise you. Google Scholar performed very well in finding on point and authoritative case law. If you are researching from outside of the library, it may be a good place to find relevant case law.

Research Guides

Need help finding legal information? The library has put together a set of research guides on many common legal areas for our patrons. Note that many of the resources listed in the guides are books carried in the library. Some books are located behind the librarian’s desk. If the material is not at the librarian’s desk, then our library has two main areas, the “Main Collection” and the “Oregon Collection” and each is organized by call number (such as KF 8915.O15 2010).

Adoption (pdf)

Finding Forms (pdf)

Bankruptcy (pdf)

Foreclosure (pdf)

Birth Certificates (pdf)

Landlord / Tenant (pdf)

Creditors’ Rights (pdf)

Motions (pdf)

Criminal Law (pdf)

Name Change (pdf)

Debtors Rights (pdf)

Pleadings (pdf)

Expunge / Set Aside Criminal Record (pdf)

Traffic Violations And Crimes (pdf)

Online Library Catalog (link)

Online Sources of Law (pdf) - This documents contains links to sources of law including Oregon and U.S. Federal Statutes, Administrative Rules, Case Law, Administrative Decisions, and Court Rules.

Online Research Websites (pdf) - This document contains links to websites that explain the law.

Other Services Provided by the Law Library

The law library staff has extensive legal research skills. We encourage all visitors to ask questions on their sources or methods.

If you are new to online legal research, our staff can help you understand Westlaw, Lexis, or Fastcase. We are happy to give training on any research done in the library. If you want to make any training more convenient, feel free to contact staff to set up a time for training.