In 1993, the Law Library materials of Benton and Franklin counties were combined under one roof at the Columbia Basin College Library in Pasco; this provided improved access for members of the public as well as CBC students. Small print collections are also maintained at the Benton County Courthouse in Prosser, the Benton County Justice Center in Kennewick, and the Franklin County Courthouse in Pasco. Resources are purchased with funds derived from court filing fees and selected by a Board of Trustees comprised of a superior court judge, county commissioners, and members of the Bar Association from each county.
The Library is located in the L building on the Pasco campus; our website offers maps and driving directions. The Law Library shares the same hours as the CBC Library, which vary due to the academic calendar.
The print collection primarily consists of cases, laws, and regulations from the Federal Government, Washington state, and the local counties and municipalities. The Law Library also offers public access to free State and Federal Government web resources as well as numerous subscription databases on three legal research computers. Subscription legal databases are only available in the Library; no remote access is provided. The databases include:
Legal Research Computers - Reservations & Use Policy
The three public access legal research computers may be reserved in person or by telephone for 60-minute periods. If there are no reservations, users may sign up for 60 minutes on a first come, first served basis.
The College Library staff does not provide legal advice but will assist you in your efforts to locate resources as available. Westlaw provides many resources to help users:
If you have a disability and need an accommodation to access library materials, please contact the Resource Center Disability Services office at Columbia Basin College. Some accommodations may take time to set up, so we encourage you to call ahead of your visit with your request. Contact Information: (509)542-5525, TTY# (509)546-0400.
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