The Law Library was originally established as the Washington County Law Library Association by members of the Washington County Bar Association. Over the course of time, Ohio statutes carved out an additional role for the Law Library in serving the local judiciary, elected officials in Washington County and members of the Ohio General Assembly.
In 2009 legislation expanded these statutory responsibilities to include all local governments and created a new entity called the Washington County Law Library Resources Board to oversee its services to these constituencies and provide a venue for public access. The Washington County Law Library Resources Board operates under a set of written Rules and provides services under a Law Library Use Policy.
The Law Library receives a combination of dues, fines and penalties that contribute to support a staff and a collection of print and electronic legal materials specifically directed to meet the needs of the practicing bench and bar. The Law Library also provides resources to serve the needs of pro se litigants, individuals who represent themselves.