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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> Silent Auction, October 11th to October 18th: There is a silent auction in the library from noon on Tuesday, October 11th to noon on Tuesday, October 18th to dispose of surplus material unneeded in the Library's collection. A list of material being offered is available on the Silent Auction page on this website.

> Lexis Advance Training for Attorneys: There will be a group Lexis Advance training session in webinar format for attorneys on Friday, October 28th, from noon to 1:00 p.m. It will be held in the Judge Shepherd Conference Room, located at the east end of the hall in the Citizen Review Board's office suite next to the library.

> New Online Legal Database Provider: The library has changed its legal database provider from Thomson Reuters Westlaw, formerly known as WestlawNext, to Lexis Advance. The decision was made because of the substantially lower cost of Lexis Advance over Thomson Reuters Westlaw. Access to Lexis Advance is available through the library's patron workstations.

Did You Know?

The next biennial election of attorneys to serve on the Law Library Board of Trustees will be in the spring of 2017.

"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

October 7, 1898 - John J. Kunkel is arrested and charged with murdering his wife.

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: October 11, 2016