Services Offered at the Law Library

RESEARCH ASSISTANCE – AVAILABLE

Staff can help you conduct legal research but cannot offer legal advice. Remote assistance is encouraged and is available over the phone at 240-777-9120 or via email at lawlibrary@mcccourt.com.

As of April 26th, 2021, the Law Library will also be offering limited, in-person research appointments. Call 240-777-9120 to schedule an appointment.

How can our law librarians help you remotely? Let us help 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 remote access to Westlaw and Lexis, even if your temporary account expires
  • Providing limited scans of printed materials, in accordance with copyright law
  • Locating resources in surrounding libraries that are currently assisting in-person researchers
  • 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 or scanning excessive portions of published texts, per copyright law
  • Speaking to judges’ chambers on your behalf

Tech Tools – TEMPORARY LIMITED AVAILABILITY

  • Free access to legal databases
    • Contact the Law Library for content from onsite-only databases
      • Westlaw—also temporarily available remotely
      • Lexis—also temporarily available remotely
      • 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
    • No USB drives are permitted
  • Free WiFi is available throughout the courthouse

Conference Rooms – TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE

By judicial order, conference room usage has been temporarily restricted to Montgomery County Circuit Court Senior Judges’ use only at this time.


Notary Public – LIMITED ONSITE AVAILABILITY

As of April 26th, 2021, the Law Library will also be offering free, limited, in-person notary appointments that will take place between 9:30-11:30am and 2-4pm, Monday through Friday. Call 240-777-9120 to schedule an appointment.

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:
  • Call ahead to the Law Library at 240-777-9120 to schedule your appointment.
  • 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 your appointment.
  • Arrange for your own witnesses, if necessary. You will need to communicate their full names to the librarian at the time of scheduling, so librarians can put them on an approved courthouse visitor list.
  • 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.

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.

Woman reading in Law Library

Not Seeing What You Are Looking For? Need Some Help?

View
Our FAQs
Email Us Give Us
a Call