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ETSU-Washington County Cooperative Law Collection

The ETSU-Washington County Cooperative Law Collection was created by Tennessee Private Act, Chapter 127, in 1977 and has been located in Sherrod Library's Government Information, Law, and Maps department since 1978. This special collection supports ETSU courses in law, political science, and a variety of other disciplines. The law collection, including our legal databases, is available free of charge to members of the general public as well as the local law community.

Cooperative Law Collection print materials must be used in the library. The collection contains approximately 16,000 volumes and includes federal, state, and local codes; case reporters and citators; legal encyclopedias; specialized treatises and related legal reference material. Current access to federal and state codes, cases, legislation, and legal reference materials is available online in:

Sherrod Library's law collection is the largest in the region and is the only major law library between the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, the Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, VA, and the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, VA. While some law firms in the region have libraries of similar size and scope, they are not available for use by the general public. The ETSU cooperative law collection is available at no charge to the general public as well as ETSU affiliated individuals.

The staff of the Government Information, Law, and Maps Department can help provide access to legal resources, but we do not provide legal advice. For help with civil legal assistance we recommend contacting Legal Aid of East Tennessee ( or a licensed attorney. For helping finding a licensed attorney, we recommend the Tennessee Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service which can be accessed at:  This information is provided as a public service and should not be considered legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice.

Need help with legal research?

We cannot provide legal advice but will be happy to help you use our legal resources. 

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