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Access Westlaw from Home

Due to the pandemic, Westlaw is temporarily offering free, virtual self-serve access. Follow the instructions below to access these databases from your home. Please note that registration for temporary accounts is required. Contact the Law Library for registration assistance or questions regarding legal research.

Westlaw has decided that the virtual access program will sunset on December 30th, 2021. Following this sunset date, Westlaw will continue to be available for free in the Law Library.

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  • Access offered: 20 hours for 14 days
  • Registration link:
  • Registration instructions: View access instructions here (PDF).
    1. Access the Westlaw Patron Access temp access page and enter your email address.
    2. Enter your contact information. In the Organization Type field, please select Government – State or Local.
    3. Skip the “Add Colleagues” page
    4. Click “I agree to Terms & Conditions and click Create Profile
    5. Create OnePass Profile and Security fields
    6. Confirm your OnePass profile and click Get Started to begin searching on Westlaw Edge.
  • Please note:Westlaw has built the special 20-hour temp access using the same portal that is always available for a (much shorter) free trial of Westlaw, but the 20 hours option only takes effect if a patron picks the Government – State or Local option. Westlaw has not indicated an end date for library patrons to register for this type of temporary access.
  • Need to use Westlaw after your access has expired? Contact the Law Library for assistance.

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In 2020 and 2021, the Law Library partnered with the Rockville branch of Montgomery County Public Libraries and local volunteer attorneys to present the following EVERYDAY LAW programs. These programs provided free, basic information and resources about the following legal topics for non-attorneys.

2021 EVERYDAY LAW programs

  • Maryland Family Immigration Law (June 4th)
  • Maryland Family Law (June 11th)
  • Maryland Domestic Violence Law (Postponed due to Montgomery County’s observance of June Nineteenth, new date TBA)
  • Maryland Guardianship Law (June 25th)

2020 EVERYDAY LAW programs

  • Family Law (March 7th)
  • Writing Wills, POAs, & Advance Medical Directives (April 24th and September 25th)
  • Elder Law (May 2nd)


We contribute a monthly column to the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland. Read current and past issues on the bar’s newsletter archive.



The Law Library now houses a MDEC Business Center in addition to its Research Center computers. MDEC Business Center computers and scanners are available for searching case records and e-filing. MDEC Business Center computers contain individual scanners, Odyssey File and Serve, MDEC Case Search, and MDEC Public Kiosks. Librarians are on hand to assist with basic troubleshooting. Please note that prints from these computers cost 50¢/page; this price conforms with Clerk of the Court prices.

Learn more about Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC):

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