There once was a county law library hidden in the basement of the courthouse, only open Monday through Friday, never in the evenings and never on weekends.
Luckily, that's not the case of the Lycoming County Law Library, which has been housed in the James V. Brown Library since 2006. The law library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.
The law library is a Pennsylvania-based collection of print materials for attorneys and individuals, and offers in-library access to Westlaw for additional Pennsylvania and federal resources.
The library houses the current municipal ordinances for the county in print, and has digitized them for the library's website.
In addition to the print resources and WestLaw, the library's website at www.jvbrown.edu has a collection of pathfinders to get you started when researching an issue. Bankruptcy, divorce, living wills, restoration of driving privileges and more it's all covered.
The Gale Legal Forms Library, also available through the library's website to anyone with a Lycoming County library card, has Pennsylvania-specific "attorney forms," approved forms actually used at law firms. Completed sample forms also are included.
Not an attorney? There's a collection of books designed for the layperson and those of us who haven't been to law school.
The library's Information Services staff and legal librarian can help you find materials on specific topics, assist with using Westlaw and identify community resources that might aid in the resolution of an issue. If we don't have it, either in print or online, we can find it usually within a business day. It's just one way the library opens new doors to lifelong learning.
By law, the Information Services staff cannot interpret legal material, give legal advice, select forms or recommend language for use in legal documents.