Michael J. Malone
Douglas County Law Library

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

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This page is a collection of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library, its resources, and its services. The questions are divided into three sections, one for questions of special interest For Attorneys, one for questions of special interest For The General Public, and one for general questions of interest For Everyone. Answers are in separate sections following the questions.


For Attorneys:

I am an attorney who lives in Douglas County but my office is elsewhere in Kansas. Do I need to complete a Law Library registration?

I am an attorney who lives in Douglas County but my office is in another state. Do I need to complete a Law Library registration?

I am an attorney whose office is in Douglas County but my residence is elsewhere. Do I need to complete a Law Library registration?

I am a public defender employed by the Kansas State Board of Indigents' Defense Services. Do I need to complete a Law Library registration?

Why should I register for the Law Library?

I am an attorney who is required to register for the Law Library. How do I go about registering?

How long is my Law Library registration good for?

What is the amount of the annual Law Library registration fee?

I am a public defender employed by the Kansas State Board of Indigents' Defense Services. Do I need to pay the Law Library registration fee?

I am a local attorney. How do I get a Law Library key?

I am a registered attorney but do not currently have a Law Library key. How do I get one?

I am an attorney from outside of Douglas County and not required to register for the Law Library. Can I get a Law Library key issued to me? How?

I am an attorney from outside of Douglas County and will be visiting the Douglas County District Court. Can I get a temporary Law Library key?

I’ve lost my Library key! What do I do?

I’ve reported my lost Library key. How do I get a replacement?

Can attorneys make photocopies in the Law Library?

Can attorneys print from the Law Library's workstations?


For The General Public:

I am not a lawyer. May I use the Law Library?

What are the Library’s public hours?

Are there any restrictions on the general public’s access to Law Library resources?

Can members of the general public make photocopies in the Law Library?

Can members of the general public print from the Law Library's workstations?

May Law Library staff answer my legal question?


For Everyone:

How do I get to the Library?

Can I check books out from the Law Library?

Is the WestlawNext on-line legal database available in the Library?

Is there a charge for using the WestlawNext on-line legal database in the Library?

Are there opportunities to volunteer in the Law Library?

How do I contact the Douglas County Bar Association?

How do I contact the Office of the Public Defender in Douglas County?

How do I find the local laws and statutes of Douglas County, Kansas?

How do I find the local laws and statutes of Baldwin City, Eudora, Lawrence, and Lecompton, Kansas?



Answers to "For Attorneys" Questions:


I am an attorney who lives in Douglas County but my office is elsewhere in Kansas. Do I need to complete a Law Library registration?

No. 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.”

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I am an attorney who lives in Douglas County but my office is in another state. Do I need to complete a Law Library registration?

Yes. 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.”

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I am an attorney whose office is in Douglas County but my residence is elsewhere. Do I need to complete a Law Library registration?

Yes. 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.”

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I am a public defender employed by the Kansas State Board of Indigents' Defense Services. Do I need to complete a Law Library registration?

Yes, but you are exempt from paying the $25.00 annual registration fee while you are employed by the SBIDS.

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Why should I register for the Law Library?

1. K.S.A. 20-3126(c) states in part: “All attorneys required to register in such county shall register annually with the clerk of the district court….”
2. K.S.A. 20-3126(d) states in part that the Court Clerk: “…shall not file in the clerk's office in any matter or action, any pleading or other papers signed by an attorney required to register under this act who has not so registered and paid to the clerk of the district court the required registration fee.”
3. A registered attorney is eligible to be issued a key to the Law Library, which allows the attorney access to the Library and all its resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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I am an attorney who is required to register for the Law Library. How do I go about registering?

If it is the first time you are registering, you must bring your Supreme Court registration card to the Office of the Clerk of the Douglas County District Court on the basement level of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas. At that time, you will be required to pay the Law Library Registration Fee for that year. The registration can then be renewed by payment of the annual Law Library Registration Fee on or before January 15 of each year.

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How long is my Law Library registration good for?

By statute, Law Library registration must be renewed annually by payment of the annual Law Library Registration Fee, "on or before January 15 of each year."

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What is the amount of the annual Law Library registration fee?

The Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Board of Trustees has set the annual fee of $25.00.

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I am a public defender employed by the Kansas State Board of Indigents' Defense Services. Do I need to pay the registration fee?

No. K.S.A. 20-3126(c) states in part: “...All attorneys required to register, except those employed solely as public defenders by the state board of indigents' defense services, shall pay to the clerk at the time of registering an annual registration fee....”

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I am a local attorney. How do I get a Law Library key?

You must have completed the Law Library registration process in order to be eligible to be issued a key to the Law Library. Go to the office of the Clerk of the Douglas County District Court. After you have completed your initial registration, inform staff there that you want a Law Library key issued to you. Court Clerk staff will provide you with a Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Door Key Application Packet. Read the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Door Key Policy contained in the packet. Court Clerk staff will then complete the Law Library Key Authorization Form from the packet. Take the packet containing the completed form to the Sheriff’s Department window on the second floor of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas. Read and sign the Law Library Door Key Acceptance Form in the presence of Sheriff’s Department staff responsible for issuing keys. Surrender the packet there and a key will be issued to you.

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I am a registered attorney but do not currently have a Law Library key. How do I get a key?

Go to the office of the Clerk of the Douglas County District Court. Inform staff there that you want a Law Library key issued to you. Court Clerk staff will provide you with a Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Door Key Application Packet. Read the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Door Key Policy contained in the packet. Court Clerk staff will then complete the Law Library Key Authorization Form from the packet. Take the packet containing the completed form to the Sheriff’s Department window on the second floor of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas. Read and sign the Law Library Door Key Acceptance Form in the presence of Sheriff’s Department staff responsible for issuing keys. Surrender the packet there and a key will be issued to you.

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I am an attorney from outside of Douglas County and not required to register for the Law Library. Can I get a Law Library key issued to me? How?

Yes. As a courtesy, the Board of Trustees has authorized the issuing of Law Library keys to attorneys from outside of Douglas County who are not otherwise required to register for the Law Library.

To be issued a key, bring your Supreme Court registration card to the Office of the Clerk of the Douglas County District Court on the basement level of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas. Inform the staff that you are an attorney who is not required to register for the Law Library, but that you wish to do so to be eligible to be issued a Law Library key. Pay the Law Library Registration Fee of $25.00 for that year. Court Clerk staff will provide you with a Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Door Key Application Packet. Read the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Door Key Policy contained in the packet. Court Clerk staff will then complete the Law Library Key Authorization Form from the packet. Take the packet containing the completed form to the Sheriff’s Department window on the second floor of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas. Read and sign the Law Library Door Key Acceptance Form in the presence of Sheriff’s Department staff responsible for issuing keys. Surrender the packet there and a key will be issued to you. You are subject to all of the requirements and responsibilities of other key holders and you must thereafter pay the Law Library Registration Fee annually to maintain your key privileges.

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I am an attorney from outside of Douglas County and will be visiting the local Court. Can I get a temporary Law Library key?

Yes. As a courtesy, the Board of Trustees has authorized the issuing of temporary Law Library keys to visiting attorneys. To obtain a key, go to an Administrative Assistant in one of the six divisions of the District Court. Read and sign a Visiting Attorney Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Door Key Form. You will be required to surrender your driver’s license to the Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant will then issue you a Library key. You must return the Library key to the Administrative Assistant from whom it was originally issued before the close of business the same day that it was issued. Your driver’s license will be returned after you surrender the Library key to the Administrative Assistant. At no time shall you be allowed to keep the Library key overnight. The Library key issuing procedure must be repeated each day you need to access the Library during non-public hours. You may have you own key issued to you by following the procedure for attorneys not required by statute to complete a Law Library registration.

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I’ve lost my Library key! What do I do?

If a key is lost or stolen, you must notify the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, the Douglas County Maintenance Department, and the Law Librarian or other designated Library staff immediately upon discovery of the loss. During normal business hours, call the Sheriff's Office at (785) 832-5203, Douglas County Maintenance at (785) 832-5296, and Library staff at (785) 838-2477. After normal business hours, notify the Sheriff's Office by calling (785) 841-0007. Any and all loss and damage suffered by the Law Library as a result of the improper use of a lost or stolen key that has not been reported to the entities noted above will be the responsibility of the person to whom the key was issued.

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I’ve reported my lost Library key. How do I get a replacement?

Go to the office of the Clerk of the Douglas County District Court and inform staff that you lost your key and that you reported it missing. There will be a $25.00 reissuing fee charged to replace the key. After you have paid the reissuing fee, Court Clerk staff will provide you with a Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Door Key Application Packet. Read the Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library Door Key Policy contained in the packet. Court Clerk staff will then complete the Law Library Key Authorization Form from the packet. Take the packet containing the completed form to the Sheriff’s Department window on the second floor of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas. Read and sign the Law Library Door Key Acceptance Form in the presence of Sheriff’s Department staff responsible for issuing keys. Surrender the packet there and a key will be issued to you. If a subsequent loss of key occurs within 24 months of the first loss, you will be assessed an additional charge of $50.00 for replacement of the newly lost key.

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Can attorneys make photocopies in the Law Library?

Yes. Attorneys may make photocopies utilizing a coin-op device connected to the Library's printer/copier. Photocopies and prints are 10 per page.

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Can attorneys print from the Law Library's workstations?

Yes. Attorneys may print from the Library's patron workstations. When Library staff members are available, the attorney can pay them for prints. When no staff members are available, prints can be paid for on the honors system utilizing a change box located next to the printer/copier or by recording the number of prints made in the log book located on the table next to the machine for later payment. Prints and photocopies are 10 per page.

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Answers to "For The General Public" Questions:


I am not a lawyer. May I use the Law Library?

Yes. The Law Library is open to anyone and everyone during public hours.

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What are the Library’s public hours?

The general schedule for the Law Library’s public hours is below. For a more complete schedule including holidays that the Library will be closed, see the Library Hours page of this web site.

Public hours of the Law Library:

Sunday - Closed
Monday - 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
Tuesday - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wednesday - 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
Thursday - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Friday - Closed
Saturday - Closed

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Are there any restrictions on the general public’s access to Law Library resources?

No. During public hours, all patrons of the Library have full access to all the Library’s electronic and print resources.

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Can members of the general public make photocopies in the Law Library?

Yes. There is a self-service coin-op photocopy machine in the Law Library. Photocopies are 10 per page.

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Can members of the general public print from the Law Library's workstations?

Yes. Members of the general public need to request assistance from Law Library staff to print. Prints are 10 per page.

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May Law Library staff answer my legal question?

No. Answering legal questions is considered to be giving legal advice. Library staff members are prohibited from giving legal advice in any form at any time. An attorney should be consulted to answer your legal questions.

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Answers to "For Everyone" Questions:


How do I get to the Library?

The Law Library is on the first floor of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 East 11th Street, in downtown Lawrence, Kansas.

For the general public and attorneys without Law Library keys: Come in the public entrance on the west side of the building that faces the old Court House. After going through the security checkpoint, proceed through the glass doors to the left of the elevators and down the hall until another hall opens to your right. Go down that hall as if you were going to exit through the south entrance. Go through the first set of glass doors. Do not go outside through the second set of glass doors as you need a key to enter through them. The Library entrance door is on your left between the two sets of glass doors.

For attorneys with Law Library keys: Your Library key gives you 24/7 access to the doors at the south entrance of the building. The Law Library is on your right after you have entered the outside set of glass doors at the south entrance.

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Can I check books out from the Law Library?

No. The Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library is a non-circulating library. All Law Library materials must remain in the Library.

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Is the WestlawNext on-line legal database available in the Library?

Yes. WestlawNext can be accessed through each of the Library’s four patron workstations.

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Is there a charge for using the WestlawNext on-line legal database in the Library?

No. All patrons of the Library have free access to all of the Library’s resources, including WestlawNext.

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Are there opportunities to volunteer in the Law Library?

Yes. The Law Library offers a number of opportunities for those interested in volunteering. Check out the Volunteers page on this website for more information.

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How do I contact the Douglas County Bar Association?

Contact information for the Douglas County Bar Association can be found on their website at http://www.dgbar.org.

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How do I contact the Office of the Public Defender in Douglas County?

There is no official public defender for Douglas County. Upon determining that a person appearing in court cannot afford legal council, the district court judge presiding in the case appoints an attorney to represent that person from one of two panels maintained by the court for that purpose. For felonies, the attorney is appointed from the Panel for Indigent Defense Services. For all other cases, the attorney is appointed from the Non-Felony Appointment Panel. For more information on the panels and the appointment procedure, consult Rule No. 12 in Local Court Rules, Seventh Judicial District, Douglas County, Kansas, available on-line and in hard copy in the Law Library.

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How do I find the local laws and statutes of Douglas County, Kansas?

The codified resolutions governing Douglas County can be found in the Douglas County Code, available on-line and in hard copy in the Law Library.

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How do I find the local laws and statutes of Baldwin City, Eudora, Lawrence, and Lecompton, Kansas?

The codified ordinances of Baldwin City can be found in the Code of the City of Baldwin City, Kansas, available on-line. Information on the ordinances of Eudora can be found in the Code of the City of Eudora, Kansas, available on-line. The codified ordinances of the City of Lawrence can be found in the Code of the City of Lawrence, Kansas, available on-line and in hard copy in the Law Library. Information on the ordinances of Lecompton can be obtained by contacting the Lecompton City Hall at (785) 887-6407.

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


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