The latest addition to the Harris County Robert W. Hainsworth Law Library is STAN (Synchronous Touchless Assistive Node), a virtual presence device that is stationed in the Law Library Lobby. STAN is composed of a CPU, a large TV screen, and a printer. During hours the library is open to the public, a library staff member runs a two-person virtual meeting to assist patrons who walk up to STAN.

The Law Library reopened by appointment only on June 14, 2021, with limited hours and new procedures, which are detailed here. We use STAN to interact with patrons just outside our doors to check them in for appointments, set up appointments for walk-ins, and assist with quick questions and forms to help many patrons without increasing traffic in the library while we are social distancing.

To learn more about our reopening and sign up for an appointment, visit