Self-Help & Lawyer in the Library

First Judicial Circuit Legal Help Centers inside the Courthouse

Each First Circuit County Courthouse has personnel in the Circuit Clerk's Office who are able to direct you to their self-help or public access e-filing station.

Lawyer in the Library Programs

Free, no obligation 20-minute sessions for advice from an attorney

Carbondale Public Library
Anne West Lindsey District Library (Carterville)
Harrisburg District Public Library
Marion Carnegie Library
Metropolis Public Library
Mounds Public Library
Stinson Memorial Public Library (Anna)
Vienna Carnegie Library

Illinois Court Help

Illinois Court Help connects you to the infomration you need to go to court. It's a free service, available in English and Spanish languages, from the Illinois Courts.
Visit the website
Call or text 833-411-1121

Help Centers inside Public Libraries

The internet-based centers provide legal information to individuals who are not able or do not wish to retain the services of an attorney to represent them in court. By providing accurate and current information on Illinois law and court operations, including legal pleadings in some cases, the centers are intended to help alleviate some of the problems which the courts and self-represented litigants are experiencing.

The location and hours of operation of each center are listed on the front page of the respective websites. Illinois Legal Aid Online’s website is located at

Alexander County

Cairo Public Library
1609 Washington Avenue
Cairo, IL 62914

Jackson County

Carbondale Public Library
405 West Main St.
Carbondale, IL 62901

Jackson County Courthouse
1001 Walnut Street
Circuit Clerk's Office
Murphysboro, IL 62966

Office of the City Attorney
Carbondale Civic Center, City Attorney's Office
200 South Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901

Rick Warren Memorial Public Library District
114 S 4th Street
​Elkville, IL 62932

SIU Law Library
Lesar Law Building
1150 Douglas Drive, Room 182
Carbondale, IL 62901

The Center for Empowerment and Justice
213 N Washington St
CarbondaleIL 62901

Johnson County

Vienna Carnegie Public Library
401 Poplar St.
Vienna, IL 62995

Massac County

Metropolis Public Library
313 Metropolis St.
Metropolis, IL 62960

Pope County

Golconda Public Library
126 W. Main Street
Golconda, IL 62938

Pulaski County

Mounds Public Library
418 First Street
Mounds, IL 62964

Saline County

Galatia Public Library
217 S Main Cross Street
Galatia, IL 62935

Harrisburg Public Library
2 W. Walnut Street
Harrisburg, IL 62946

Eldorado Public Library
1001 Grant St.
Eldorado, IL 62930

Union County

Stinson Memorial Public Library District
409 South Main Street
Anna, IL 62906

Williamson County

Anne West Lindsey District Library
600 N Division Street
Carterville, IL 62918

Johnston City Public Library
506 Washington Avenue
Johnson City, IL 62951

Crab Orchard Public Library
20012 Crab Orchard Road
Marion, IL 62959

Marion Carnegie Library
206 South Market St.
Marion, IL 62959