Except for faculty research, our reference staff is not able to conduct legal research for library patrons. We are also unable to offer legal advice. While we make the library’s resources available to the general public, it is the responsibility of library users to conduct their own legal research, to read and interpret the law, and to reach their own conclusions about their legal situations.
Legal research is a complex skill. If you want to learn more about legal research, we can suggest materials that explain various tools and how to use them. You might want to start the with American Association of Law Libraries’ How to Research a Legal Problem: A Guide for Non-Lawyers.
If you feel that you need an attorney to assist you, we can offer you phone numbers to various legal clinics and service agencies as well as to attorney referral services. For more information, call the Reference Desk at (509) 313-3758.
General public patrons are welcome to use legal materials during the hours found here under General Public Hours. Professional research assistance is available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Limited reference assistance is available at other times. Please note that the library staff cannot give legal advice.
Chastek Library, Gonzaga University School of Law | 721 N. Cincinnati St. Spokane, WA 99220-3528 | 509.313.3758