November 2016 Bar Bulletin
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Library Resources Abound

By Barbara Swatt Engstrom


Having logged just over a month as the new executive director of the Public Law Library of King County, the “back to school” theme of this month’s Bar Bulletin is quite appropriate. This first month has been very instructive for learning about all of the services that the Public Law Library has on offer for attorneys. When you are in the King County Courthouse at either the Seattle or Kent location you should think of the law library as your home away from home.

Do you need a comfortable spot to work with wireless Internet access? How about the ability to look up case law on Westlaw or Lexis and then Keycite or Shepardize it? What about accessing that elusive law review article on Hein Online? Or maybe you need electronic access to the WSBA’s Civil Procedure Deskbook?

We have you covered on all points. We also provide access to SupportCalc’s custom software, which automatically completes Washington child support and financial declaration forms.

If you prefer to hit the stacks rather than stare at a screen, you are welcome to use our print collection. We have a wide assortment of current Washington practitioner resources, including Washington Practice, the WSBA Deskbooks, the KCBA Lawyer’s Practice Manual, and the collection of Washington practitioner treatises from Lexis Nexis Publishing.

Law Library subscribers are able to check out books for a week with a one-week renewal. If you are looking for forms, we can help. We have a wide collection of form sets and can point you in the right direction.

The Law Library also offers on-site self-service copiers, printing and document scanning. If you are working remotely, take advantage of our document delivery service. We also offer notary services. If you have a trial coming up and would like a dedicated work space in the courthouse, we offer conference rooms that can be reserved for a fee. When not reserved, the conference rooms are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis for one-hour blocks.

Are you stumped with a question? You can call the reference desk in Seattle at 206-477-1305 or in Kent at 206-477-1316 for reference help. If you prefer email, go to and click on the big, blue Ask Us button on our homepage. Maybe you want to brush up on your research skills. Keep an eye out for our CLE and other training offerings under the Classes tab on our homepage.

As with any good class, there should always be time for questions at the end. I’d like to hear from all of you about the services that you currently use at our Seattle and Kent branches and what types of services you wish that we could offer. Please feel free to email me with your thoughts or suggestions at


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