Appendix A: Local Public Law Libraries: Major Database Access

This guide focuses mainly on sources of free, online legal information. But sometimes you may need or want information that is not freely available online. In those situations, it might be helpful to visit a local public law library to do research using its books or legal databases. For example, some law libraries offer public access to major legal databases like Lexis or Westlaw. 

Here is a list of some law libraries in the Greater Philadelphia area. We included available information (if any) about access to legal databases at these libraries according to their websites. Please reach out to each library directly with any questions about access and to confirm their current hours.

  1. Bucks County
  2. Chester County
  3. Delaware County
  4. Montgomery County
  5. Philadelphia County
  6. Lehigh County
  7. Northampton County
  8. Federal Depository Library Directory (FDLD) 

Bucks County

Bucks County Law Library
55 E Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901


Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm

Chester County

Chester County Law Library 
201 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380-0989

Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Delaware County

Francis J. Catania Law Library
201 W Front St.
Media, PA 19063


Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Free access to Lexis Advance is available on two of the public access computers; documents found therein may be printed or emailed according to the vendors’ limitations.

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Law Library
One Montgomery Plaza
10th Floor
425 Swede Street
Norristown, PA 19404


Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The Law Library offers free access to Westlaw, LexisNexis, basic internet, and Microsoft Suite of office programs, along with basic instruction on how to use these computer databases. The library has six computer terminals for online research and word processing.

Philadelphia County

Jenkins Law Library
1801 Market St., Suite 900
Ten Penn Center
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6405


Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Members of the public can access all of Jenkins’ databases – including Westlaw, LexisNexis, Bloomberg Law, and VitalLaw – when they visit the library. 

$5 a day

Lehigh County

Judge Donald E. Wieand Law Library
Lehigh County Courthouse, 8th Floor
455 West Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101-1614

Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Call 610-782-3385 to make appointments to use the library’s Westlaw or Lexis computers.


Northampton County

Northampton County Law Library
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042


Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Public access computers are available, enabling electronic research via the internet. Additionally, Northampton County Local Rules and Common Pleas opinions are available in a searchable/printable online archive both in the library and on this website. Westlaw online access provides users reference to materials not available in traditional published form.

Federal Depository Library Directory (FDLD) 

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) distributes government information free of cost to these libraries, and the libraries provide free access for all users to this information. In addition, information specialists are available at these libraries to assist researchers with locating Federal information.

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