The Hays County Law Library is operated as a public service for residents of Hays County.The library is open and available to the general public and attorneys. The library is paid for through a portion of civil courts costs dedicated to the operation of the library, per Local Government Code §323.023. The library is strictly for legal research use.
The Law Librarian can assist users in finding legal print or online resources. The Law Librarian cannot give legal advice, draft information, translate, or assist in filling out forms. Please do NOT email with requests for forms; Law Library staff cannot email forms. The public must come in to research and find the appropriate form needed for their situation.
- Four computers with internet access.
- One computer with computer-assisted legal research by WestlawNext.
- One computer with computer assisted legal research by Lexis Advanced.
- Wireless internet
- Self-serve copier (cash or coin only) and printer; fees are $0.15 per page.
- Two e-file computers with scanners.
- Print legal research materials
- No fax machine or public telephone available.
- The law librarian is only available part-time and is generally available during the Law Library hours.
- The law librarian can assist users in finding legal print or online resources. By law, the Law Librarian cannot give legal advice, draft information, translate, or assist in filling out forms.
The computers in the law library are available free of charge for attorneys and patrons who need to conduct legal research or work. Two computers provide access to WestlawNext Patron Access for legal research and forms.
Please refrain from using the computers for personal use, such as, social networking sites, YouTube, music, or playing internet games.
The computers are for public use only; do not save any important or confidential files to the desktop or hard drive. Save all important documents to a flash drive or another storage device that you provide.
There is a public Xerox machine located in the law library that accepts cash or coins only.
- Copy Fee: $0.15/page
- Print Fee: $0.15/page
Law Library Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday: 8:00am to 12:00pm*
*There is only one Law Librarian on staff, this may result in a change of hours and possible closures. Attorneys may check out the key to the Law Library at the front desk of the Criminal District Attorney’s office. A driver’s license or Hays County bar badge is required in exchange for the key.
Law Librarian Hours
The Law Librarian is generally available during the Law Library hours. There is only one part-time Law Librarian, availability may vary and differ from Library hours. The Law Librarian will post on the office door weekly hours. The Law Library is a self-service Law Library. Patrons will only be directed resources.
Special Hours, Holidays & Closures
The Law Library will be closed on the dates listed below:
- September 2, 2016
- September 5, 2016**
- October 28 and 31, 2016
- November 1, 2016
- November 11, 2016**
- November 23-25, 2016**
- December 22-23, 2016
- December 26-28, 2016**
- December 29-30, 2016
**All County offices closed.
We apologize for any inconveniences.
Address & Directions
Hays Government Center, Suite 2026
712 S. Stagecoach Trail
San Marcos, Texas 78666
All visitors must enter through the front entrance and go through security. Inside the Government Center, the Law Library is located on the second floor behind the staircase and next to the District Attorney’s office.
From IH-35: Take Exit 202/Wonder World Drive/RR 12 in the south side of San Marcos and turn west. Go over the railroad track overpass and at the bottom make an immediate right (north) on South Stagecoach Trail.
From Hunter Road/FM 2439: Turn east on Wonder World Drive/RR 12 toward I-35. Turn left (north) on South Stagecoach Trail at the bottom of the railroad overpass.
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