What is a Law Library?

If you have a legal issue or question, check your local area to see if a public law library is available. If not, search outside your area. Public law librarians are usually available to assist everyone regardless of location and demographics.

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What is a Law Library? On its face, that seems like it would be a simple question to answer. It isn’t. A “law library” can be many things: a case of legal books in an attorney’s office, a collection of legal research materials that are part of a public library collection, a room with practice assistance guides in a District Attorney’s office, or even webpages with links on a County Counsel’s website. I could go on and on. When it comes to answering this question in a more traditional sense, there are three general types of law libraries: academic, public, and private.

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