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Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm --(610) 782-3385

The Judge Donald E. Wieand Law Library serves the population of Lehigh County by providing access to a comprehensive collection of online and print legal resources. The Law Library is open to the public, and is located on the 4th floor of the Lehigh County Courthouse. Available for use are Pennsylvania and Federal Statutes (laws), regulations, judicial opinions and many other law books. Included are books of "forms" or examples of different kinds of legal papers.

The Library Information Services Department administers the operation of the Judge Donald E. Wieand Law Library. Located in the Law Library, Library Information Services also provides books, online legal resources, and related services to the Judges, Judicial and County offices.

Law Library staff will provide directional reference assistance to patrons unfamiliar with legal research. However, library staff cannot offer patrons any kind of legal opinion, legal aid, instruction or legal advice. Library patrons may not realize it is unlawful for the Law Library Staff to help patrons interpret legal materials, or to offer advice on how the law might apply to their situation. This includes instructions on how to proceed in specific matters. That kind of service would constitute the unauthorized practice of law.

Library staff may locate resources about the topic requested by a patron, and guidance may be given in how to use the books or computer. Once the appropriate topic is located, it is the responsibility of the patron to read, interpret and apply the material.

If the patron desires more assistance than the library staff is able to provide, he/she is advised to obtain legal counsel.

Lehigh County Law Library Online Catalog

Contact Information, Location & Hours Of Operation

General Questions
Phone: (610) 782-3385
Email: Library Circulation Desk

The Law Library is located on the 4th Floor of the Lehigh County Courthouse (455 West Hamilton Street, Allentown). Directions, parking information and other information on visiting the Courthouse is available online.

The Law Library Hours of Operation are as follows:

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm

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Library Cards

Any person is welcome to use all the materials found in the Law Library free of charge. However, borrowing privileges are available only to holders of a Law Library card. These cards are available for a nominal fee and are good for one year from date of issue. You must apply in person at the Law Library.

To apply for a Law Library Card to check out books, you must supply the following at time of application:

  • $25.00 annual fee in cash or check
  • Current phone number where you can be reached.
  • AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
    • Drivers License or State issued Non-Drivers ID with a current address
    • Government issued photo identification (i.e. U.S. or foreign passport) AND proof of current address or residence (i.e., Utility bill in your name, college identification, etc.)
    • Proof of employment at a local law firm and firm address and phone number
    • Bar membership card for any county

NOTICE: Your form of identification will be photocopied. If you cannot or will not supply this information your application for a Library card will be rejected.

Circulation Periods, Renewals & Overdue Fines

Regular Circulation

  • The regular circulation period is fourteen (14) days.
  • Overdue fines are charged at the rate of 25 cents per day.
  • Books may be renewed once for a total circulation period of twenty-eight (28) days.
  • Renewals may be made in person or over the telephone by calling (610) 782-3385 during business hours only.

Overnight Circulation

  • Materials marked OVER NIGHT will be circulated on a one day basis.
  • Materials are to be returned later the same day, or the next business day before 10:00 am or a $5.00 per day fine will be charged.
  • Overnight books may not be renewed.
Document Delivery Service

Document Delivery Service by email, fax or mail:

  • Library staff will email, fax or mail specific legal material to any location for a delivery fee plus any cost for retrieval of the document from online services or another library.
  • Fees for documents retrieved from online services will vary according to the database accessed.
  • Older material not available in electronic format may be scanned and emailed for an additional fee.
  • To use the document delivery service you must provide a complete citation of the material requested. Staff cannot select specific legal material for patrons.
  • Please have all citation information ready prior to contacting the Law Library.
  • Patrons may also choose to have material copied and readied for pick up by their office messengers.
  • This service is available only when the law library is open.
Non-Member Fees
Service Transaction Fee $10.00 Per Transaction
Research to Correct/Locate Citation $50.00/hour
Westlaw/Lexis and Other Online Retrieval
Outside Public Plan Emailed:

@ 25.00 per document pre-pay cost. ($8.00 per find, and $12.50 delivery charges, plus $4.50 service fee.) NOTE: Westlaw is billed at the higher of actual cost or $25.00 per document.  Any difference will be invoiced after library is invoiced. Patron agrees to this stipulation to pay excess upon demand.

Within Public Plan Emailed: @ $3.00 per cite
Within Public Plan Print and Pick up: @ $3.00 per cite Plus Pages Printed @ $.25 per page
Book Retrieval and Copy Fee
Book Copied for Fax/Mail/Pick Up: @ $8.00 per cite Plus Pages Printed @ $.25 per page
Book Scanned and Emailed @ $8.00 per cite
Fax Fee
Fax Received in Library for Patron: @ $3.00 plus $.25 per page
Fax Sent by Library Staff for Patron @ $8.00 per (Pages provided by patron)
Interlibrary Loan Policy

Please contact the Director if you would like to borrow a book from another library. Fees for Interlibrary loans of hard copies of entire books are set by the lending institution, and cannot be determined in advance.

Inter-Library Loan Borrower Fee Charges from other library vary depending on source
Retrieve Book or Document Service Fee $10.00 Per Book or Per Document
Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines

Child support guidelines are available free of charge on the Internet at on the PA Code website (http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/231/chapter1910/chap1910toc.html).

For the convenience of those without internet access or the ability to print, the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure containing the child and spousal support amount charts are available at the law library and may be printed or copied at 25 cents per page..

Pathfinders
Pathfinder NameEnglishSpanish
Annulments PDF PDF
Civil Trial Process Flowchart PDF PDF
Common Law Marriage PDF PDF
Criminal Trial Process Flowchart PDF PDF
Emancipation of Minors PDF PDF
Expungements PDF
Format of Legal Papers and Sample Complaint PDF
Legal Separation and Other Divorce Questions PDF
Military Divorce Pamphlet PDF
Obtaining an Order for Protection From Abuse PDF PDF
Petition for Blood Test PDF PDF
Prison Room and Board PDF
Private Criminal Complaint PDF
Publication of Legal Notices PDF
Return of Tangible Evidence or Property PDF PDF
Sample Answer Format PDF

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