Services Offered at the Law Library

RESEARCH ASSISTANCE – AVAILABLE

In-person walk-in services are now available. Staff can help you conduct legal research but cannot offer legal advice. Assistance is available to everyone during operating hours in-person, via the phone (240-777-9120), and/or email (lawlibrary@mcccourt.com).

Law Librarians can help you with…
  • Locating relevant laws, rules, forms, articles, treatises, and even legislative intent
  • Identifying informative, credible, current, and free online sources of legal information
  • Connecting you to attorney directories and legal services, including pro bono services
  • Connecting you to relevant government agencies and services
  • Helping you construct and troubleshoot database search queries (i.e. case research)
  • Providing you with access to online legal databases and tools like Westlaw, Lexis, SASI-CALC and more
  • Locating resources in surrounding libraries
  • And more!
Please note, law librarians cannot help with…
  • Giving legal advice
  • Performing case research on your behalf (but we can assist)
  • Recommending specific legal forms and/or reviewing your legal documents
  • Checking out books
  • Scanning and emailing excessive portions of published texts, per copyright law
  • Speaking to judges’ and magistrates’ chambers on your behalf

Tech Tools

  • Free access to legal databases
    • Westlaw—also temporarily available remotely
    • Lexis
    • HeinOnline
    • PACER
    • BloombergBNA
    • SASI-CALC
    • Kaufman’s Alimony Guidelines
    • Maryland Daily Record
    • Maryland Family Law Update
  • Onsite computers offer free internet access and word processing
    • Research Center computers are for legal research purposes only
    • MDEC Business Center computers are for searching case records and e-filing only
    • No USB drives are permitted
  • Free WiFi is available throughout the courthouse
  • Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing
      Payment methods
      • Cash payments are accepted.
      • Credit card payments are accepted.
      • $5 minimum purchase
      • Mastercard, Visa, and Discover are accepted
      • Mobile payments and debit cards are not accepted
      • No refunds
      • Cardholder must be present
      Prices
      • Research Center B/W prints are 25¢/page
      • MDEC Business Center prints are 50¢/page
      • B/W photocopies are 25¢/page
      • Color copies/prints are 50¢/page
      • Scans and incoming/outgoing faxes are 50¢/page

MDEC BUSINESS CENTER – NEW!

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):


Conference Rooms

Conference rooms are available to reserve for free for legal purposes from 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Please note that on January 3rd, 2022, rooms will be available to reserve for free from 8:00am-4:30pm.

Call 240-777-9120, e-mail lawlibrary@mcccourt.com, or walk into the Law Library to ask a librarian to reserve rooms. Have the following information ready:

  • Amount of time needed, including setup and decamp time
  • Number of people in meeting
  • Your contact information

Please note that the following guidelines apply to room usage:

  • Anyone may book a meeting room free of charge, for active use and legal purposes only.
  • Meeting rooms must always be booked with a librarian. Empty rooms are not available.
  • No food is allowed in the rooms. Covered drinks are permitted.
  • Please include setup and decamp time in your booking. If you need more time, ask a librarian.
  • Meeting rooms must be vacated by 5pm. Starting on January 3rd, 2022, meeting rooms must be vacated by 4:30pm.
  • Check conference room schedule upon arrival. In rare cases when room assignments are changed, librarians will make every effort to accommodate your party size in a comparable room.
  • Room reservations will be held for 30 minutes. If notice of a late arrival has not been given, the reservation will be canceled.
  • Reservations can be made up to a month ahead of time, for no longer than one consecutive week, space allowing. Please note that limitations also may apply to the number of rooms that can be simultaneously reserved by one party on a given day.
  • You may use cellphones in closed rooms. Refrain from using your cellphone and/or having loud conversations in the hallway and reading room.
  • Librarians cannot assist meeting rooms occupants with technology.
  • If persons or parties fail to follow these guidelines and/or are disruptive, their room privileges may be revoked. The attorney or mediator in charge of the booking is responsible for their party’s behavior.

Notary Public

The Law Library offers free, in-person Montgomery County Notary Public services.

Please note, per the Maryland Code, State Government Article, §18-224(d)(2), we are required to state the following: “[Our notaries are not attorneys] licensed to practice law in this state. [They are] not allowed to draft legal records, give advice on legal matters, including immigration, or charge a fee for those activities.”

Our free notary services cover the following notarial acts:
  • Acknowledgements
  • Verification on oaths or affirmations
  • Witnessing or attesting signatures
  • Certifying or attesting copies of print records
  • Please note that legal and service limitations may apply, such as page/document limits
Please follow these procedures:
  • We recommend contacting the Law Library prior to your visit to inquire about notarization procedures.
  • Bring your current, government-issued photo identification that states the exact name that you will be signing with. By law, your ID must include your picture and signature. Foreign government IDs are accepted.
  • Do not sign your document(s) prior to seeing a notary.
  • Arrange for your own witnesses, if necessary.
  • If you have multiple documents, ask about the document limit. Other legal and service limitations may also apply.
Further reading:
  • Read the law and locate notary publics authorized to perform remote notarizations via the Notary Division of the Maryland Secretary of State’s website.
  • Learn how to authenticate documents for international use via the Maryland Apostille process with this handy guide.
  • Need to prove marital status and/or are you getting married abroad? Learn more about the processes with this handy guide. guide.

Training Opportunities –Available Remotely by Appointment

Contact the Law Library for more information.

Circuit Court librarians give one-on-one instruction on researching legal topics, accessing databases such as Lexis and Westlaw, and preparing legislative histories.

We also organize lectures and group trainings on legal topics and databases. Watch the Law Library Newsroom page for upcoming events.

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