To improve access to legal information in eastern Alameda County, the Alameda County Law Library has partnered with the Alameda County Public Library to establish the Legal Resource Collection @ Dublin Public Library. The collection features a large selection of California practice guides, formbooks, legal self-help books, and free legal database access.
California Practice Guides
The Legal Resource Collection @ Dublin Public Library includes a strong selection of California practice guides, treatises, and formbooks published by Rutter Group, Thomson Reuters, Matthew Bender, and Continuing Education of the Bar. Practice materials reflect the major practice areas of local attorneys, and include publications on family law, estate planning and probate, real property law, debt collection, employment law, landlord-tenant, and civil litigation.
Additional practice guides can be accessed electronically through LexisNexis and OnLaw. California Forms of Pleading and Practice is available in full-text, electronic format through the library’s LexisNexis subscription. Likewise, library visitors can use the OnLaw database to access the complete library of over 140 practice guides and Action Guides published by Continuing Education of the Bar.
Legal Self-Help Materials
For the general public and self-represented litigants, the Legal Resource Collection offers a wide variety of legal self-help books published by Nolo Press, many of which can be checked-out of the library. Written to help non-attorneys resolve minor legal problems and complete simple legal transactions, Nolo Press books explain legal concepts and procedures in plain English. Many titles include form templates, as well as step-by-step instructions for completing, filing, serving, and recording legal forms. Books on divorce, landlord-tenant issues, estate planning, probate, bankruptcy, and small claims court will help local residents contend with routine legal matters. Nolo Press titles can also be accessed as ebooks through the library’s NoloEBSCO database.
Free Legal Database Access
Dublin Public Library patrons can now use legal databases LexisNexis, OnLaw, Fastcase, HeinOnline, NoloEBSCO, and Dissomaster Support Software free of charge on two dedicated legal research computers in the library’s Group Study Room. Patrons who bring their laptops, tablets, or smart phones to the library can connect to OnLaw, Fastcase, HeinOnline and NoloEBSCO directly through Dublin Public Library’s wireless network, and download content from these services to their devices free of charge.
For More Information
The Legal Resource Collection is available to Dublin Public Library visitors during the library’s normal business hours. For more information about the Legal Resource Collection, please visit our website at http://calcountylawlib.libguides.com/dpl, or email Emily Bergfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.