Kent County Law Library is located in the Kent County Courthouse.
38 The Green
414 Federal Street (entrance)
Dover, DE 19901
Bethany Parker, Law Librarian
Phone: (302) 674-7470
Fax: (302) 674-7471
Business Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Kent County Law Library Usage Policies & Procedures
The Kent County Law Library provides legal research resources and information for the public, the judiciary, legal professionals and other government officials. The library is often a starting point for people involved in court cases who don’t have attorneys (also called self-represented or pro-se litigants). Public access to legal information is a critical component of open and equal access to the justice system. The library provides access to legal research resources and information. Our goal is to maintain as many current and historical legal research resources as possible. The collection is updated regularly. There is free patron access to Thomson Reuters Westlaw and Lexis Advance, HeinOnline, and free Wi-Fi.
The public is welcome to use the library and all its resources during all hours of operation. While we accept walk-ins, because of limited staffing, it is best to call ahead in order to make sure that staff will be present to assist you.
Legal advice is not available. Library staff is available to assist you by helping you to learn how to use the resources we have, but we are unable to give any legal advice or perform research work for you. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Conducting searches for you
- Collecting or printing documents for you
- Contacting other agencies on your behalf
Library visitors should use the main Kent County Courthouse entrance on Federal Street. The law library is housed in the Old Courthouse, across the glassed-in bridge and on the first floor. Cellular telephones and other personal electronic devices are allowed in court facilities, with restrictions, under a court pilot program.
Please see the Patron Code of Conduct for further information.
Only Court Personnel are allowed to borrow from the Law Library.
Thomson Reuters Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and HeinOnline computer legal research services are available for free. Computers are also available to access the library catalog, the Delaware Courts’ website, and other library research links. Due to security issues, our computers cannot accept USB drives and some websites may not be available to view or print. For general internet usage and email access, we recommend patrons use one of the Delaware Public Libraries.
Photocopying and Printing
Photocopying and printing are both available for 10 cents per page. The law librarians are able to teach you how to use our copiers and printers, but cannot make the copies for you.