Mission Statement and Rules
MISSION STATEMENT AND RULES FOR USING THE TAYLOR COUNTY LAW LIBRARY
MISSION STATEMENT – Establishment of a County Law Library is provided for by law, Vernon’s Texas Codes Annotated, Local Government Code §323.021. The objective of the Taylor County Law Library is to provide a reference-only (publications cannot be checked out by the public) research facility, which is supplied by major primary and secondary legal texts. It is our goal to support the practice and understanding of the law to county and court personnel and the public by providing access to the most relevant federal and state resources.
Though we cannot dispense legal advice, we encourage you to state your problem so we may try to direct you to the correct texts, and show you how to use those texts.
Rules and Fees – We have posted rules and fees for use of these texts and computers throughout the library. If you do not understand any rule, please ask us for further explanations. We reserve the right to conduct any computer research for you. Please do not disturb other patrons or try to obtain free legal advice from any attorney who may be present. Use of this library is contingent upon obeying any and all rules. If you do not think you have to obey these rules, you cannot use this library.
Attorney Referrals: We do not recommend attorneys. If you need a referral, please contact the State Bar of Texas at 1-800-252-9690.
DISCLAIMER NOTICE - Due to the constantly changing nature of the law, and the fact that the Law Library’s reliance on information compiled and provided by outside sources, we do not make any warranties or guaranties concerning the accuracy, reliability, relevance, currency or completeness of this information obtained at this site.
DISTURBANCES – Providing a quiet and safe place conducive for legal research is important to us. The Taylor County Law Library has zero tolerance for disturbances, disruptions, infractions of its rules (posted in various areas throughout this library), and any rude or disruptive behavior. This applies to adults and children. If you or your party engages in such behavior, we will ask you to leave, and if you do not, we will call Security to escort you off the premises. Any disturbance will result in an extended eviction period(s).
RULES FOR USE OF THE TAYLOR COUNTY LAW LIBRARY
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ ALL RULES, STATEMENTS AND CHARTS WHICH GOVERN YOUR EXPECTED CONDUCT AND YOUR USE OF THIS LIBRARY.
HOURS – Normal Business Hours are from 8 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 5 pm. On occasion, we regret that we may have to close expectantly. Attorneys - If the library is closed, you do not have permission to enter, and must wait until the next open date. Before you leave your office to travel here, you may wish to call and check to see if we will be open. Please try to obtain any material early in the day.
CIRCULATING AND NON-CIRCULATING CORE - Under certain circumstances, attorneys who are members of the SBOT and Abilene Bar Association may have permission to check out two texts from our circulating core. You may not check out any Vernon’s Texas Statutes/Codes, the Matthew Bender titles, or any binder. You must use the sign-out book - giving us your name, firm, and telephone number(s). Books are due by 4 p.m. the following work day. Overdue books – A fine of .50 per book/per day will be assessed. If any attorney has any past due fines or other charges, you will be asked to settle your accounts before further use of this library.
CHILDREN – Only supervised children under the age of 18 are allowed in the Law Library and ONLY if the caregiver is conducting legal research or requesting forms. This is not a daycare or a waiting room.
FOOD AND DRINKS – Not allowed.
FEES/COSTS – Please see TCLL Price Chart.
COMPUTER USE – You must sign in to use the computer. We reserve the right to ask you for identification. If you set up an account, we may be able to mail, e-mail, or fax certain documents to you. We have posted The “Rules for Computer Use” and the “Mission/Rules” documents to the bulletin board in front of the computer. It is assumed that you have read and understand these rules. Do not use the computer or use this library if you do not understand or cannot follow these rules.
THE TAYLOR COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND LAW LIBRARY WILL SUFFER NO DISTURBANCES OR INFRACTIONS OF THESE RULES. IF YOU CANNOT OR WILL NOT ABIDE BY THESE RULES, WE SUGGEST YOU FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO CONDUCT YOUR LEGAL RESEARCH.