Public Access to Legal Resources
The Walter T. McCarthy Law Library is a public law library that provides:
- A valuable legal resource for the entire Arlington community, including pro se litigants, County residents, businesses and others who are involved with the judicial system and legal matters.
- Free access to local, state and federal materials through commercial legal databases and the services of a professional law librarian.
The Library has existed for more than 40 years as a legal research library with a particular emphasis on Virginia materials. It was named for Arlington Circuit Court Judge Walter T. McCarthy in 1970 “…for his outstanding service to the Bar Association and the public.”
Library operations are funded by a combination of authorized state court fees, County funds, contributions from the local bar association and fundraising activities. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
To provide access to legal and law-related information for research and the practice of law, with quality customer service for the benefit of the Arlington community, which includes the general public, the judiciary, members of the legal profession, government employees and the business community.
- Virginia-specific book collection of primary and secondary legal materials, including form books and other references that provide examples of legal documents.
- Federal case law and statutory materials.
- Materials in the Library are for reference only and do not circulate.
- Free access to LexisNexis and Westlaw Patron Access.
- Internet and Microsoft Word at two public workstations.
- Printing is available and costs 20 cents per page. Payment is by cash or check.
- Law Library staff may not provide legal opinions, interpret the law or legal materials.
- Staff may only assist patrons with access to and use of resources in the collections.
- Questions regarding interpretation of the law or legal materials should be directed to an attorney licensed in Virginia.