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Washoe County Law Library

Washoe County Law Library

Second Judicial District Court - Washoe County Law Library
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About the Law Library

The mission of the Law Library is to assure equality of access to the law for attorneys, judges, courts, government employees, and the general public by providing an array of legal materials in a variety of formats and the assistance of professional staff who select and maintain the materials and aid in their use.

We are excited to announce that we have added Bankruptcy Law to our Lawyer in the Library program. Bankruptcy Lawyer in the Library will take place the first Wednesday of each month. Should you have any questions, please contact Law Library staff at 775-328-3250.

Board of Trustees

The Washoe County Law Library Board of Trustees was established in 1915.

The Board of Trustees is governed by the provisions in the Nevada Revised Statutes.

  • Nevada Revised Statutes - Chapter 380 - Law Libraries
  • Nevada Administrative Code - Chapter 380 - Law Libraries

  • 2015 Board of Trustees Meeting Dates
    • January 7, 2015
    • February 4, 2015
    • May 6, 2015
    • September 2, 2015
    • December 9, 2015

    Please contact Emily Reed, Self Help Center and Law Library Program Manager, with any questions about the Law Library Board of Trustees.


    The Law Library pursues a full range of books and technologically enhanced services that provide timely, accurate, and efficient access to the sources of law, including local, state, and federal government resources.  The Law Library is a partial selective depository for U.S. government documents.  Click here to search the Law Library's online catalog.


    The Law Library is open to the public, courts, and county staff during the day and some evenings.  

    Monday and Thursday:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday and Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Friday: 8:00 am - Noon
    Saturday and Sunday: Closed

    Closed on all legal holidays listed in NRS 236.015, every Saturday and Sunday, and on holidays. The Law Library closes early at 5:00 pm on the eve of holidays.  Please call the Law Library for current hours. 


    The Law Library is located on the first floor of the Historic Washoe County Courthouse in downtown Reno. Enter the courthouse at 75 Court Street.  For directions click on map.

    Phone: 775-328-3250.

    Street Address:
    Washoe County Law Library
    Second Judicial District Court
    75 Court Street Room 101
    Reno NV 89501


    Look for metered parking on Virginia, Sierra, or Court streets or park at the Gallery Parking Lot on the corner of First Street and Sierra Street. The Law Library does not validate for parking. After 5:00 pm and on weekends, parking is permitted in the Washoe County parking lot across from the Courthouse at 75 Court Street. The County lot is not available for public parking Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and your vehicle may be towed.

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    1. Is the Washoe County Law Library open to the public?

    Yes the Law Library serves the courts, the bar, and the general public.

    2. May I use my Washoe County Library Card to check out books from the Law Library?

    No. The Washoe County Law Library is a separate institution from the Washoe County Library. To check out books from the Law Library you must have a law library circulation card. Library cards are distributed per the Patron Circulation Card Policy.

    3. How many days may I keep books checked out?

    The loan period for all checked out materials is seven days. The due date is stamped in the book. Books not returned after seven days are considered overdue. The law library does allow renewal of books once for seven days if any overdue fees are paid. The library charges a fine of $1 a day/per book beginning the eighth day after a book has been checked out.

    4. Does the library have a room for quiet research and study?

    The boardroom at the law library may be used for quiet research and study Monday and Thursday from 8:00 - 5:00 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00-4:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00-12 pm when not reserved for other meetings. This room may not be used for private meetings unless reserved. To find out about renting the boardroom please review the Boardroom Policy and call the library at 775-328-3250 to reserve.

    5. Is the use of cell phones permitted in the Law Library?

    No. Please turn your cell phone off or to vibration when entering the Law Library and step outside into the hallway should you need to use your cell phone.

    6. May I use my laptop computer in the law library?

    Yes. Some of the study carrels in the law library have power outlets to plug in a laptop computer.

    Second Judicial District Court - Washoe County Law Library

    OPAC - Online Public Access Catalog

    Liberty System by Softlink


    Federal Depository Library Program Basic Collection

    American FactFinder
    Ben's guide to the U.S. Government
    Budget of the United States Government
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
    Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
    Census of Populations and Housing
    Code of Federal Regulations
    Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents
    Congressional Directory
    Congressional Record Daily
    Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation
    Economic Indicators
    Economic Report of the President
    Federal Depository Library Program Partnerships
    Federal Digital System
    Federal Register (daily)
    Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States Colonial Times
    Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Public Papers of the President of the United States
    Social Security Handbook
    United States Statutes at Large
    United States Code
    United States Government Manual
    United States Reports
    USA Counties

    EBSCO Host

    NEW!! FREE EBSCO access anywhere -- anytime with a Law Library circulation card.

    Descriptions & List of Titles

    EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center: Providing online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books  more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. Many of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo the nation's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.  Click Here to Search Ebsco (will open a new window).

    EBSCO Legal Collection: Containing full text for more than 300 of the world's most respected scholarly law journals this database is an authoritative source for information on current issues studies thoughts and trends of the legal world. Includes American Bar Association publications and most law reviews.

    Click here for list of titles in the EBSCO Legal Collection(will open a new window)

    Click here for list of titles in the Legal Information Reference Center collection(will open a new window)

    If you have an Ebsco User ID and Password click on the EBSCO Host Icon to login to the database or call 775-328-3250 for immediate temporary access.

    EBSCO databases were provided by a grant from: The Institute of Museum and Library Services an independent federal agency that grows and sustains a \"Nation of Learners \" because lifelong learning is critical to success. Grant administered through the Nevada State Library and Archives.

    Westlaw  - FREE Access at the Law Library

    Databases include state and federal statutes and cases  law reviews secondary legal resources such as \"American Jurisprudence\". Call the law library for more information (775)328-3250.

    Nevada Law Library from the Legislative Counsel Bureau on CD-ROM

    The"Official Nevada Law Library from the Source" from the Nevada Legislature.
    This CD includes the Nevada Reports Nevada Revised Statutes with Annotations Nevada Attorney General's Opinions Nevada Administrative Code Nevada Court Rules Nevada and U.S. Constitutions U.S. Court Rules for Nevada and the Ninth Circuit Nevada City Charters Gaming Regulations and the Statutes of Nevada.  Due to licensing restrictions may be used at the law library only.

    Nevada Law Legislative History - Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau Library

    Tip: free access to Nevada Revised Statutes is available on the Nevada Legislature`s website. 

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    Federal Law

    This collection of United States Government websites provides links to federal codes regulations courts and government agencies.  International Law websites are also included at the bottom of the page.

    United States Codes Regulations and Legislation

    United States and Federal Courts | Guide to the U.S. Federal System

    United States Government Information

    Government Agency Websites

    Disclaimer: The information on this web page should NOT be construed as providing legal advice; any inquiries relating to legal issues should be directed to legal counsel.

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    Seminars on Video and DVD

    • The Legal Seminars are available in various formats including video-on-demand DVD or VHS (older videos).  These may be checked out from the Law Library with a Law Library Circulation Card.

    Washoe Channel

    • Seminars done in prior years are on VHS tape and may be checked out from the Law Library.


    Newer seminars (2008 and later) may be watched on video-on-demand by clicking any title below that has a link. After a new seminar is videotaped it will be several weeks before the newest video is available here.

    Seminars done in prior years are on VHS tape and may be borrowed from the law library.






    • Basics of Living in a Homeowner's Assocation (2007). Speakers: Michael T. Schulman Esq. and Sara E. Barry CM CMCA PCAM.
    • Consumer's Guide to the Debt Collection Process (2007). Speaker: Thomas Brooksbank Esq.
    • What does the Probate Commissioner's Office do? (2007) Speaker: Linda Bowman Esq. Washoe County Probate Commissioner.


    • District Court Procedures: Both Civil and Criminal (2006). Speaker: Judge Jerome Polaha
    • Representing Yourself in Family Court (2006). Speaker: Muriel Skelly Esq.
    • The Residential Purchase Agreement: Buying or Selling a House (2006). Speaker: Melody Luetkehans Esq.
    • Roles and Responsibilities for Homeowners Associations (2006). Speakers: Sara E. Barry CAM CMCA PCAM.
    • Social Security Disability Law (2007). Speaker: Dennis Cameron Esq.


    • Consumer Construction From A-Z (2002). Speaker: Charles Woodman Esq.
    • Forming a Nevada Business (2002). Speaker: Michael Morrison Esq.
    • Presenting Your Small Claims Case: Justice Court Procedures (2007). Speaker: Hon. Barbara K. Finley.
    • Real Estate Predatory Lending (2004). Mark Krueger Sr. Deputy Attorney General Nevada Attorney General`s Office.
    • What to do When you Get Injured on the Job (2005). Speaker: Herb Santos Jr.

    Use the 'Ask a Librarian' tab at the top to request a monthly e-mail notification of the seminar topics. Please e-mail Ask a Law Librarian or call the Library at 775-328-3250 with any questions about seminar video access.

    Disclaimer: The information on this web page should NOT be construed as providing legal advice; any inquiries relating to legal issues should be directed to legal counsel.

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    Washoe County Law Library

    Ask a Law Librarian

    If you need immediate assistance call the law library at (775)328-3250.

    Welcome to the online reference service of the Law Library. This service is designed for specific questions with brief factual answers.

    The Law Library staff does not perform legal research nor give legal advice. For more complex questions please visit the Law Library in person.
    For legal advice please consult an attorney.

    We will try to respond to you by the close of the following business day except on weekends and holidays. Of course some questions may require more time or a referral to someone else.

    1. Please provide your email address:
    2. Please enter your question:

    3. Please enter text from above (case sensitive):   

    The Law Library respects your privacy and will not disclose or share your e-mail address or question with other organizations. Only click the send button once it will go through to the law library.

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    Washoe County Law Library

    Forms and Pleadings for Nevada Courts

    Washoe County Law Library has created sample pleadings for Washoe Co. Second Judicial District Court using Rule 10 of the Rules of Practice for the Washoe County District Court of the State of Nevada. 

    These samples were created using MS Word. Click on the title below to view.

    Sample Family Court Heading    Sample General Heading

    You can create your own pleadings in MS Word using the Pleading Instructions found at the Nevada Supreme Court Law Library.

    You may want to visit your nearest law library for legal resources such as the Nevada Revised Statutes.  Click here for locations in Nevada that provide legal research materials.

    Please contact the specific court with any questions about the forms listed below  

    Click on About the Nevada Judiciary to learn more about Nevada Courts and to determine the jurisdiction for your legal matter.Nevada Courts by County

    Carson City Nevada Courts

    Churchill County Nevada

    Clark County Nevada Court Forms 

    Clark County Law Library forms Directory is an index of forms on court web sites and in books. To use any of these forms search the Washoe County law library catalog for the book title.

    Sealing of Criminal Records in Clark County  Instructions and Forms  

    Las Vegas Nevada Forms Las Vegas Township Justice Court

    Douglas County Nevada

    Douglas County District Court

    Esmeralda County Nevada -  

    Esmeralda County Courts

    Forms Online 

    Lyon County Nevada Lyon County Courts
  • Forms for Third Judicial District Court and Justices Court

  • Storey County Nevada Forms Available
    Washoe County Nevada - Second Judicial District Court

    Reno Nevada

     Reno Justice Court 

    Reno Municipal Court 

    Sparks Nevada

    Sparks Justice Court

    Sparks Municipal Court  

    Other Forms for Use in Washoe County

    Sealing Criminal Records

    Unemployment Appeals form. Petition for judicial review and instructions (unemployment appeals) provided from Nevada Legal Services. This packet also requires a Summons form available from the District Court.  Please contact Nevada Legal Services with any questions about your unemployment appeal. 

    Application to Waive Fees and Costs and Order Regarding Waiver of Fees and Costs (Approved by the Nevada Supreme Court for Nevada courts.)

    Other Forms for Legal Matters

    Power of Attorney


     Nevada Supreme Court

    Nevada Supreme Court provides standardized Nevada Court Forms for use in any state court forms that can be found at these links are: Appellate forms for Pro Se in Nevada Supreme Court; Divorce Forms; Domestic Violence Protection Orders; Family Division Forms; Guardianship; Landlord Tenant: Apartments; Landlord Tenant: Mobile Homes; Stalking Harrassment and Workplace Violence Forms.

    Application to Waive Fees and Costs and Order Regarding Waiver of Fees and Costs

    Nevada Supreme Court Law Library - provides an index of Forms by Subject

    Nevada Department of Public Safety - Criminal History Records Depository

    •  Sealing of Criminal Records in Nevada. Please check with the court where you were charged for specific requirements.  On this page go to Clark County Carson City County or Washoe County. 

    Federal Courts Bankruptcy Court and United States Supreme Court

    Disclaimer: The information on this web page should NOT be construed as providing legal advice; any inquiries relating to legal issues should be directed to legal counsel.

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