Self Help Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

We are located inside the Silvertooth Judicial Center at 2002 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota FL 34237. See “Where We Are” for more information.

Parking is available on the street (though generally parking is limited to two hours) or you may park in the parking garage at the corner of Ringling Blvd. and School Ave., across from the Department of Health. This is approximately two blocks or less from the Courthouse.

We are open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Lunch is from 12:00 pm -1:00pm. We are closed on Saturdays and Sundays as well as court holidays.

Yes. We have three computers for legal research purposes. We reserve the right to ask someone to leave if they are not doing legal research or after 30 minutes of use if other patrons are waiting.

Printing and photocopying is currently a free service. However, we ask patrons to be mindful of the amount they print and whether something can be e-mailed instead of printed.

We are a very small space and would prefer that you did not.

Not at the Sarasota County Law Library. We have access to Fastcase, which is very similar to the Westlaw. The Manatee County Law Library has access to Westlaw. Their phone number is (941) 741-4090 and address is 1051 Manatee Ave. W., 1st Floor, Bradenton, FL 34205

No. If you need to speak to an attorney you should refer to the “Lawyers & Legal Referrals” Section of the website.

No.

No. In addition to possibly being construed as the unlicensed practice of law (see Florida Statute 454.23), the law is complex and should only be given by a qualified professional (e.g., an attorney). Self help and library employees can only give advice limited to simple procedural questions (such as where to go to file a form) or which reference materials might be helpful for your research.

No.

No, however we have multiple legal dictionaries and other references are available to help you understand unfamiliar language used.

No. We only have Court Interpreters who Speak Spanish. If you need help in Spanish you will need to call to make an appointment at (941) 861-8191. We cannot translate forms from English to Spanish and Spanish to English. You will need to look up the services of a Notary Public who speaks Spanish.

No. We currently do not have the space for this. Please hold client meetings elsewhere, such as outside the courthouse.

Yes. We have a system for checking out CLE CDs. Please call our office or stop by if you are interested.

Unfortunately books are un-available to be checked out for all patrons, including attorneys. Most of our collection is available electronically. The staff is happy to scan or print any selection of a book for legal research.

The Public Library of Law is accessible to anyone and brought to users by Fastcase. Users can search case law and see their search results, citation, and a brief summary of the case they find. To download the full case, users will need to access Fastcase or Westlaw.