FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 • Where is the Law Library?

 • Where can I park?

 • When is the library open?

 • How much do copies cost?

 • Can the library make change?

 • Does the library take checks?

 • Does the library take credit cards?

 • Can I bring my kids with me to the library?

 • Does the library have computers for patrons to use?

 • Can I use my Westlaw® password at the library?

 • How much does it cost to use Westlaw® at the library?

 • If I am a lawyer, can I borrow CLE tapes?

 • Are the library employees attorneys?

 • Are the library employees paralegals?

 • Can the library employees give me legal advice?

 • Can the library employees help me fill out a form?

 • Can the library employees explain a certain law to me?

 • Can the library refer me to a lawyer or firm that deals with the topic I'm researching?

 • If my deposit account has a very low balance, can I still charge copies or services?

 • If I change my mind about my deposit account, can I get a refund?

 • Do the library employees speak Spanish?

 • Are there rooms available for mediations or meeting with clients?

 • Can I check out more than one C.L.E. tape or CD under my Bar number, so that I can get a whole course at once?

 • How is the law library funded?


 

Q: Where is the Law Library? <top>
A: The Main library is located in downtown Fort Pierce at 221 South Indian River Drive. The South County branch is in the Paula A. Lewis Branch LIbrary at Located in the Paula A. Lewis Branch Library at 2950 SW Rosser Blvd. See the Locations page for more information.

Q: Where can I park? <top>
A: At the Main library, there is parking on the street and there is a three story parking garage across the street.  Parking is free either place.  Please note the parking garage does close at night if you are coming during evening hours, you may want to park on the street. At the South library, park in the building lot. For more information, see our Parking page.

Q: When is the library open? <top>
A:

Main Library Hours

Monday thru Thursday 9:00 to 5:00
Friday 9:00 to 4:30

South County Branch:

Opening November 1, 2017 in the Paula A. Lewis Branch Library!

Tuesday 9:00 – 2:00
Wednesday 1:00 to 5:30
Thursday 2:00 to 7:00
Friday 1:00 to 5:00
Saturday 10:00 to 2:00


The library is closed when then the courthouse is closed Monday through Friday, as well as any holidays that fall on a Saturday or Sunday.

Q: How much do copies cost? <top>
A: Photocopies cost 15¢ per page.
You can set up a deposit account if you are a frequent user.  It also saves you the trouble to feeding money into the copier.

Q: Can the library make change? <top>
A: The library can make limited amounts of change for use in the copiers.

Q: Does the library take checks? <top>
A: The library can only accept checks from patrons who have established a deposit account.

Q: Does the library take credit cards? <top>
A: No.

Q: Can I bring my kids with me to the library? <top>
A: Probably, as long as they are very quiet and well-behaved. Please remember that our patrons are doing serious research and require a peaceful environment. Anyone making excessive noise or other disturbance may be asked to leave. 

Q: Does the library have computers for patrons to use? <top>
A: Yes. Please remember that others may need access too.

Q: Can I use my Westlaw® password at the library? <top>
A: Yes but the public workstation with Westlaw® has its own permanent account and a very broad selection of databases.  You will probably find the library’s account is more robust and free of charge.

Q: How much does it cost to use Westlaw® at the library? <top>
A: There is no cost for use of the Westlaw® workstation. If you print your results, the cost is 15¢ per page, just like copies.

Q: If I am a lawyer, can I borrow CLE tapes? <top>
A: Attorneys can borrow CLE audio recordings, which are provided as a courtesy so that Florida Bar license requirements can be met.

Q: Are the library employees attorneys? <top>
A: No.

Q: Are the library employees paralegals? <top>
A: No.

Q: Can the library employees give me legal advice? <top>
A: No. In addition to possibly being construed as the unlicensed practice of law (see Fl. St. 454.23), giving legal advice could potentially put the library in a position of liability. The law can be complex and you should only seek advice from a qualified professional (e.g. an attorney). Advice that the library employees can give is limited to which reference materials might be helpful in your research.

Q: Can the library employees help me fill out a form? <top>
A: No.

Q: Can the library employees explain a certain law to me? <top>
A: No. Legal dictionaries and other references are available to help you understand unfamiliar language used in the statutes.

Q: Can the library refer me to a lawyer or firm that deals with the topic I'm researching? <top>
A: No, but the local Bar Associations can be helpful. 

Q: If my deposit account has a very low balance, can I still charge copies or services? <top>
A: Yes but it must be replenished immediately.

Q: If I change my mind about having a deposit account, can I get a refund? <top>
A: Yes, but it requires a request to be placed in writing and the process takes several weeks, because the county must authorize release of the funds. For this reason, you are encouraged to only open an account if you are going to be charging services frequently enough for it to be worthwhile.

Q: Do the library employees speak Spanish? <top>
A: We have one staff member who speaks Spanish.  If you need help in Spanish we hope you will call to make sure they are on duty when you come.  Our phone number is 772-462-2370. 

Tenemos un miembro del personal que habla español. Si necesita ayuda en español esperamos que llamar para asegurarse de que están en servicio cuando se llega. Nuestro número de teléfono es 772-462-2370.

Q: Are there rooms available for meeting with clients? <top>
A: Yes, there are two study-conference rooms available.  Ther larger room can comfortably seat approximately six and the smaller room can hold no more than three. There is no cost for use, but it would be a good idea to reserve rooms in advance.  The conference rooms can be used for quiet study, returning phone calls, etc. but must be vacated if someone has reserved the room.

Q: Can I check out more than one C.L.E. tape or CD under my Bar number? <top>
A: Yes but only one course can be checked out at a time.  We charge overdue fines and we find most patrons are happy the fines are only accruing on one course at a time. Click to view CLE Materials.

Q: How is the law library funded? <top>
A: The library is funded through two main sources, criminal fines and traffic fines generated in St. Lucie County. The Law Library is a “special district” and this allows us to accrue funds that provide funding to the library during downturns. No money from the county general fund are spent on the law library. For more informaiton abou the library budget, see the Government in the Sunshine page.