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Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center - We help people find answers. We are open to all!

Located on the 2nd floor
Kane County Judicial Center
37W777 IL Route 38, St. Charles, IL 60175

​Lawyer in the Library Service

​Can I use this service?

This service is for low-income people with legal matters in Kane County who cannot afford to pay an attorney.  Must qualify.

How do I find out if I qualify?

Visit the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center.  You will fill out and sign a "Certification of Finances" form that a librarian will review to see if you meet the qualifications for the service. 

Kindly note: You cannot qualify by phone—you will need to come in person. You will not need to bring any paperwork with you.

When can I come to the law library to see if I qualify?

Any time the library is open.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Wednesday: 8:30am – 8:00pm

Where is the law library?

Second floor of the Kane County Judicial Center which is on Roosevelt Road, one mile west of Randall Road.

 Kane County Law Library

Suite 250

37W777 State Route 38

St. Charles IL 60175

If I qualify, can I see an attorney right now?

No.  We will make an appointment for you at a future time, often within the week.  You will need to return to the law library on your scheduled date and time to meet with the lawyer in one of our conference rooms. 

Is this a free service?

Yes, but there is a $10 cash only deposit required.  You will get your $10 back when you meet with the lawyer. 

Who are the lawyers?

All volunteering lawyers are licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.  Volunteers currently include members of the Kane County Bar Association and Administer Justice (a local legal aid agency). 

What will the lawyer do for me? 

The lawyer will let you know what you may realistically expect to happen in your case.  He/she may review any papers/forms you'd like to give to the court, refer you to other community services and programs that may help with your issue, and let you know what you should do next.

What won't the lawyer do for me?

The lawyer will not go to court for you or be your lawyer.  This service is limited to what the lawyer talks to you about in your meeting.

What do I need to bring when I meet with the lawyer?

Bring all paperwork that relates to the legal issue to discuss along with a notepad and pen to write down what the lawyer tells you to do. 

Important things about the Lawyer in the Library service:

  • Your meeting with the lawyer will last roughly 30 minutes
  • If you cannot make it to your appointment, you must call the library (630.406.7126) at least twenty-four hours before your scheduled meeting time.  We can reschedule you or you may cancel the appointment.

    Kindly note: If we do not hear from you at least twenty-four hours before your meeting time, your $10 deposit will be accepted as a donation to the law library.
  • Have more questions about the Lawyer in the Library Service?

    Call us at 630.406.7126