Looking for Legal Information?

We can't provide legal advice, but we can make it easier for you to inform yourself. You can access all of our great resources in the library. We have legal guides, tax information, renter's rights handbooks and much more. We have a large collection of legal self-help books that you can check out. You can also access our databases with legal information in the library or at home. Keep reading to find out more about finding legal information.

General Resources

Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a collection of online reference books. The Credo Reference Legal Collection is great for looking up quick information about legal terms, American court cases and international law. Access this database in the library or log in with your library card from home. Search for specific topics, or access particular legal books by clicking "Find a Book," then "Law."

In the Library | From Home

Local Laws

Code of Shenandoah County

The Code of Shenandoah County is a compilation of the current laws passed by the Board of Supervisors of the County.  Access the Code here.

Office of the Commonwealth Attorney

The Office of the Commonwealth Attorney prosecutes felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases for Shenandoah County.  Find links here to law enforcement agencies, as well as Virginia's case information database.

Commonwealth Laws

Code and Constitution of Virginia

The Code of Virginia is a compilation of the laws passed by the Virginia Legislature. Browse or Search the Code of Virginia. Download or search Virginia's constitution here.

Virginia Legal Resources

Find links to Virginia legislation, court opinions, and administrative code via FindLaw, a legal research site. Begin your search of Virginia legal resources here.

Federal Laws

U. S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

The CFR is a compilation of administrative laws governing federal regulatory agency practice and procedures. Look here to find out the rules that federal government agencies must follow. Browse or Search the CFR.

United States Code (USC)

The United State Code is a compilation of laws passed by the U.S. Congress. This is where you will find provisions of bills and amendments that have been passed into law.

Browse the U.S. Code (via Cornell Law School) | Search the U.S. Code (via the House of Representatives)

Legal Resources for the 50 States

FindLaw provides a list of resources for looking up laws in all 50 states. Find your state here.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The U.S. Department of Justice maintains a Website of FOIA Reference Materials. Use these resources to exercise your right to government information. For a comprehensive portal to Federal Government information check out USA.gov .