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.
Contact Information, Location & Hours Of Operation
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:
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:
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.
Document Delivery Service by email, fax or mail:
|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 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)|
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|
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..
|Civil Trial Process Flowchart|
|Common Law Marriage|
|Criminal Trial Process Flowchart|
|Emancipation of Minors|
|Format of Legal Papers and Sample Complaint|
|Legal Separation and Other Divorce Questions|
|Military Divorce Pamphlet|
|Obtaining an Order for Protection From Abuse|
|Petition for Blood Test|
|Prison Room and Board|
|Private Criminal Complaint|
|Publication of Legal Notices|
|Return of Tangible Evidence or Property|
|Sample Answer Format|
Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, 455 West Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101-1614 • (610) 782-3000