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.

Law Librarian

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.

 

Services

  • One computer with computer assisted legal research by Lexis Advanced.
  • Two e-file computers with scanners.
  • Four computers with internet access.
  • One computer with computer-assisted legal research by WestlawNext.
  • Wireless internet
  • Self-serve copier (cash or coin only) and printer; fees are $0.15 per page.
  • E-books
  • 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 hours listed above.
  • 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.

Computer Use

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.

Fees

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

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Law Library Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday: 8:00am to 12:00pm*
Thursday: 1:00pm-4:30pm*

*There is only one Law Librarian on staff and may result in a change to hours and closures. Attorneys may check out the key to the Law Library at the front desk of the Criminal District Attorney’s front desk. A driver’s license or Hays County bar badge is required in exchange for the key.

Law Librarian Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday: 8:00am to 12:00pm*
Thursday: 1:00pm-4:30pm*

*There is only one Law Librarian on staff, please call the day you plan to come in to ensure that the Law Librarian is available.

Special Hours, Holidays & Closures

The Law Library will be closed on the dates listed below:
April 11-15, 2016
Law Library hours for the week of
April 11-15, 2016 will be as follows:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8-12
Tuesday and Thursday 1-4:30pm
The Law Librarian will be unavailable.
We apologize for any inconveniences.

Attorney Key Checkout

There are four keys available for attorneys to checkout to access the Law Library when it is closed. Attorneys must now fill out a form in order to receive access to the Law Library. Attorneys must agree to abide by all Hays County Law Library policies and rules, as listed on the Key Checkout Policy & Acknowledgment Form.

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.

Helpful Links
Legal Resources
Law Library Internship Program
County Links
Other Helpful Links

Law Librarian

Melody Barron

Address:

Hays Government Center, Suite 2026
712 S. Stagecoach Trail
San Marcos, Texas 78666

Phone:

(512) 393-7709

Email:

melody.barron@co.hays.tx.us