Law Library: Frequently Asked Questions
Can the librarians give me definitions of legal terms?
No, but we can assist by giving you Blacks Law Dictionary.
Is the law library open to the public?
Yes, it is. Roughly 50% of our patrons are pro se, meaning "ones own behalf; appearing for oneself".
What are your hours?
The law library is open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only. No weekend or evening hours.
What if I want to know more about the law on a motor vehicle ticket I received?
To locate additional information, you can research the Illinois Compiled Statutes, which contains all Illinois law.
What is in the law library collection?
The law library contains Illinois law, Federal law, legal encyclopedias, practice handbooks, form books, case law reporters, treatises, legal periodicals, and dictionaries.
What purpose would the general public use the law library?
The public uses the law library for various problems such as landlord tenant issues, dissolution of marriage, child custody and visitation, foreclosure information, employment issues, zoning, small claims, expungement, and traffic & motor vehicle issues.
Where are you located?
The law library is located on the second floor of the Peoria County courthouse in Room 211.
Where can I park?
If you cannot find metered street parking, there are parking garages located on Hamilton Street, in the Commerce Bank building and in the Associated Bank building.
Will the librarian assist me in filling out legal forms?
The librarian is an attorney, but she is limited in the assistance that she can provide to patrons. The librarian can direct you to the Legal Self-Help Center or the form books so that you can determine the forms you may need.
Would a public library carry the same legal material as the law library?
No, however, most public libraries carry some legal publications such as state statutes. You can access the Legal Self-Help Legal Center at public libraries in Peoria County.