Michael J. Malone
Douglas County Law Library

Judicial and Law Enforcement Center
111 East 11th Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Phone: (785) 838-2477
Fax: (785) 838-2455

Welcome to the Website of the
Michael J. Malone
Douglas County Law Library

The Law Library is open to everyone. The public has access 12 hours per week (see Library Hours page) and attorneys who have been issued keys have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Library provides print resources for a Kansas-based practice and electronic resources including the WestlawNext on-line legal database. All Library users have free access to all of the Library's resources.

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> Changes to Law Library Staffing: Beginning January 4, 2016, the number of hours the law librarian will in the law library was reduced to twenty hours per week.

> Annual Attorney Registration Fee Due: The 2016 Law Library Registration Fee for attorneys required* to register with the Law Library is due no later than 5:00 p.m., January 15, 2016. It is also time for attorneys who do not have to register and pay the fee, but do so anyway to have access to a Library key, to renew their annual registration and pay their fee.

A 2016 Law Library Registration Renewal Form/Invoice was e-mailed to all attorneys for whom the Library had an e-mail address. The form is also available in a fillable PDF on the Law Library's website. Please note: although the fee is due by January 15th, payment received after the 13th cannot be guaranteed to be processed before the deadline.

* K.S.A. 20-3126(e) states: “For the purposes of this section, an attorney shall be required to be registered in the county: (1) Where the attorney's principal office is located, if such attorney is a resident of Kansas or a resident of another state; or (2) where the attorney resides, if such attorney's principal office is located in another state. The principal office shall be the principal office of the attorney and not the principal office of such attorney's firm.”

Did You Know?

Current Douglas County District Court administrative orders are available in the Library.

"Did You Know?" is a service of the Law Library. Every month, a bit of Law Library trivia will be posted in the Law Library and here on the Law Library's website. The previous month's "Did You Know?" tidbit will also be published in the Law Library's E-Mail Newsletter. We hope this service will help improve communication between the Law Library and its users.

This Month In Legal History

January 10, 1863 - Judge Louis Carpenter records his last case as Probate Judge of Douglas County, Kansas.

For the full story, go to the This Month In Legal History page on this website.

"This Month In Legal History" features an event from the history of law and jurisprudence of Douglas County, Kansas, that occurred during the month. A different historical event will be posted here every month and published in the Law Library's E-Mail Newsletter. The archives of previously published entries can be accessed by going to the This Month In Legal History Archive page. Suggestions from readers of items for inclusion in this feature are encouraged and welcomed.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Douglas County Law Library is to provide legal and law related resources through a law library, focused on a Kansas practice, conveniently located in the Judicial Center for use by the bar, bench and public.

Policy Manual

The Law Library's Policy Manual is available by clicking here.

The Douglas County Law Library was established under the auspices of the District Court of Douglas County, Kansas, pursuant to Kansas Statutes 20-3126 through 20-3132, and opened on May 1, 2003. On August 28, 2014, it was renamed the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library for the Honorable Michael J. Malone, who was the driving force behind the establishment of the Law Library. The Law Library is open to the general public as noted on the Law Library Hours page on this website. Licensed attorneys in Douglas County who have paid their annual Law Library Registration Fee and been issued a key have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Attorneys should contact the Library about getting a key.

Attorneys who have not paid their Registration Fee are prohibited from filing any and all transactions with the Clerk of the District Court until the fee is paid. They also are ineligible to run for one of the five positions reserved for attorneys on the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees and to vote in elections for those positions.

For more information, contact the Law Library at: info@douglascolawlibrary.org.

Comments to: Webmaster: Kerry Altenbernd, Law Librarian, Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library, Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, KS  66044.

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Created: November 2002; Revised: January 5, 2016