Fort Bend County Law Library Celebrates 30 Years With Open House

Law Library at Justice Center.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Law Library will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with an Open House on Friday, January 10th, from 9 am to 3 pm. The public is invited to enjoy light refreshments, tour the library and attend demonstrations of the library’s database resources. The open house is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating, registration is required to attend the library’s database resources programs. The schedule of programs and demonstrations is as follows:

• 10 am – Westlaw Training and CLE
• 11 am – Estate Planning, presented by Kerri Graham
• 1 pm   – Research Texas Training

The Fort Bend County Law Library provides support for the research, reference and educational needs of the legal community, including litigants, attorneys, judges and county officials, as well as the general public. The library has a good working collection of basic legal materials for in-library use only. Most of the Law Library’s print collection consists of reference sources on Texas statutes and case law, U.S. Supreme Court case law and federal statutes, a wide selection of Texas practice guides and forms manuals and other research materials, including legal encyclopedias, state case-law digests and federal practice guides.

In addition to the Law Library’s print collection, a number of legal research resources – such as the Westlaw Next, Lexis/Shepard’s and Hein Online databases – can be accessed on the library’s computers. Free classes are available on the use of these electronic resources.

The Law Library had its beginnings in 1989, when Fort Bend County Commissioners Court ordered the establishment and maintenance of a County Law Library in Richmond. The Commissioners Court authorized the Fort Bend County Bar Association to contract with Fort Bend County Libraries for the administrative operations of the County Law Library, effective January 1st, 1990.

Funding for the Law Library’s operations comes from filing fees in civil cases in the district or county courts, as provided by Texas Local Government Code. The Law Library is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of a Law Library Committee appointed by the Fort Bend County Bar Association and current officers of the Bar Association.

The Law Library is located in the Fort Bend County Justice Center at 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Room 20714, in Richmond. For more information and to register, visit, or call the Law Library at 281-341-3718.