William D. Block Memorial Law Library
Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
Lake County, Illinois
The Law Library is named after the late William D. Block, who served as a Judge for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit from February 1, 1975 to June 27, 1996. The Lake County Law Library was renamed in honor of Judge Block on February 10, 1998.
It is the purpose of the William D. Block Memorial Law Library to serve the public. It accomplishes this goal by providing an open and efficient system of access to the Library's collections and services for the judges, attorneys, and citizens of Lake County.
Facilities and Staff
Your 1,500 square foot law library offers a "soft seating" group area, seven large work tables, seven public computer work stations, two photocopiers, and court forms available from the Center for Self Representation.
The current collection includes books, microfiche, and periodicals focusing on Illinois and Federal legal research and practice. We also have an extensive collection of materials published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
Reference Desk and staff
The Law Library is staffed by a law librarian, a paralegal and a judicial assistant who can assist you with print and online legal resources. You may visit in person, call, or email them.
The Law Librarian and staff are prohibited from offering anything that may be construed as legal advice. The Library staff can direct patrons to court forms, procedural information, and laws, but the final decision of the usefulness or propriety of the materials lies squarely with the patron.
Services and Fees
Microfiche Reader/Printer Services
Our computer workstations provide Internet access as well as access to Westlaw Next, Family Law Software, and Microsoft Office programs. Printing costs 10 cents per page.
The Law Library has two self-service copiers which costs ten cents per page.
The library provides incoming and outgoing fax service for all patrons. Incoming faxes should be sent to: 847-984-5873. Fax fees are:
- Local Area faxes: $1.00 per page, excluding the first page.
- International faxes are $5.00 to access the service, and then $2.00 for the first sheet and $1.00 for every additional sheet after that.
The Library should be notified when a fax is being sent.
The law library maintains a collection of over 7,000 microfiche documents. We offer a Microfiche Reader/Printer combination for patrons use. However, patrons are not able to print from the microfiche machine. Ask library staff for assistance with the Microfiche Reader.
Ambassador Pro Reading Machine
The Ambassador Pro Reading Machine is used to assist visually challenged individuals by scanning a page of text and then reading it aloud to the user. Ask law library staff for assistance with this machine.
VideoEye Image Magnifier
The VideoEye Reader uses a closed-circuit camera to assist users in viewing the pages of a book or magazine. The system uses the closed-circuit camera to enlarge images and show them on a television screen. The VideoEye device is mounted on a portable cart and can be moved to other parts of the courthouse as needed.
Center for Self-Representation (CSR)
The Center is both a virtual and a physical location offering information to people who want to represent themselves in court cases in Lake County, Illinois. Information and forms are provided for numerous topic areas and available on the CSR website and in the William D. Block Law Memorial Library, 18 N. County Street, Waukegan, IL. The Center for Self-Representation does not replace the counsel of a licensed attorney.
The Law Library has primary and secondary legal materials including Illinois case law and statutes, federal statutes, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) materials, U.S. Supreme Court cases, legal encyclopedias, digests, dictionaries, self-representation materials, legal form books, local law school journals, and legal magazines and newspapers. Ask law library staff for assistance in locating or using resources.
Circulation of Materials
Only members of the Lake County Bar Association may check materials out of the Library. Bar members are also subject to the following restrictions:
- Reference materials do not circulate.
- IICLE materials circulate overnight only.
- Select IICLE materials do not circulate, but all IICLE CDs are available for overnight circulation.
Other materials may circulate for up to one week, but may be subject to recall by the library as necessary.
Below are some helpful brochures produced by the law library
Helpful Links for Legal Assistance