Law Libraries: An Attorney’s Best Resource

Rowan_Carey_webOpen to everyone and with a wealth of resources, the county law libraries in the Bay Area have much to offer busy trial lawyers and their staffs. Among those resources are professional librarians who can help you find answers to legal research questions, locate obscure case law or search for jury verdicts.

The Contra Costa County Law Library has branches in Martinez (main), Richmond and Pittsburg. Call 925-646-2783, or visit for additional information. The Alameda County Law Library has branches in Oakland (main) and Hayward. For information on location, hours and parking, visit or call 510-208-4832. Conveniently located near the courts, both libraries have conference rooms available for rent.

County law libraries can save you time and money with staff trained to help you choose the best databases or books at no cost to you—and without fear of increasing the renewal price of your premium database. Premium databases include California Supreme Court and Court of Appeals briefs, CEB OnLaw (all CEB materials) Hein OnLine (CFR, Fed Reg and law journals), Lexis, VerdictSearch, Westlaw and WestlawNext.

By providing free access to legal information and expert research advice from professional law librarians, county law libraries can help level the playing field for lawyers, whether they work in large firms or as sole practitioners. Read future issues of the magazine as we explore more fully how using county law libraries can save you time and money. Meanwhile, please contact Carey Rowan at 925-646-2783 or for additional information about the Contra Costa County Law Library, or Mark Estes at 510-272-6481 or with questions about the Alameda County Law Library.

CCCBA Members: Please note that Solo Practice & Small Firm Section members are entitled to use JFK University’s Law Library at no cost. It is located on the first floor at 100 Ellinwood Way in Pleasant Hill. Call 925-969-3120 for more information.

The printed version of this article in the September issue inadvertently left off the co-author, Mark Estes, Director of the Alameda County Law Library. He can be reached at at 510-272-6481 or

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