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Welcome to the Law Library of the Second Judicial District Court

Scales We are the public law library for Washoe County. As a public library, everyone is welcome to use any and all of the library's legal resources. Our staff is dedicated to helping you find and access the law. We invite you to visit or call the law library for further assistance.

About the Law Library

The Law Library began in 1915 as the Washoe County Law Library. At that time, Washoe County purchased 2,400 books from the estate of Judge William Massey. The Law Library was located on the second floor of the Courthouse. In 1924, Dorothy Cowles Jepson became its first librarian.

Computerization came to the Law Library in the late 1970's. In 1999, the Law Library moved to the first floor of the Courthouse as a new, modern facility. In 2012, the Law Library and the Family Court's Self-Help Center merged into one unit. Through these many years and these many changes, the Law Library has dedicated itself to providing the best access to legal information and the law for the people of Washoe County.

Hours of Operation

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.


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.

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. 2017 Board of Trustees Meeting Dates
• February 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Feb 2017 Board Agenda and Meeting Materials
• May 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
• September 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
• December 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

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