About the Law Library

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Providing current and comprehensive legal materials that meet the legal research and information needs of Law Library users.

Kalamazoo's Raymond W. Fox Law Library models intergovernmental and private cooperation.

Kalamazoo County funded the renovation of former storage space to house the law library at the Kalamazoo Public Library and continues to assist with materials costs. KPL contributes library staff, technological expertise, and a state-of-the-art facility. The County Bar Association collaborates with KPL on programming.

The Print Collection

  • Professional legal collection, inlcuding state and federal primary and secondary law
  • Kalamazoo county, city, village, and township laws
  • Extensive self-help books on civil, criminal, and family law issues

“Law - In a Nutshell” 

More than 50 free publications cover a wide variety of legal issues, including:

  • Divorce/child custody
  • Michigan statutory wills/power of attorney
  • Credit reports and repair
  • Small claims court/wage garnishment
  • Landlord and tenant issues

Law Library Staff

Our knowledgeable staff can help you:

  • Find material on specific issues
  • Use the professional legal collection, including the Westlaw database
  • Direct you to community resources to help you resolve your issues

By law, the staff cannot interpret legal material, give legal advice, select forms or recommend language for use on legal documents.

WestlawNext 

This premier subscription database includes statutes and case law from all 50 states, plus all district, federal and Supreme Court decisions. Available only at the law library.

Ask a Lawyer 

The law library, in partnership with the Kalamazoo County Bar Association, offers free monthly legal clinics for low to moderate income persons at the Central Library and Powell Branch Library.

At these clinics you can consult one-on-one with an attorney. The clinic does not include free follow-up consultations and the attorneys will not represent you in court. Call the law library at 269-553-7920 for further information or to make an appointment.