Services Offered at the Law Library


Staff can help you conduct legal research but cannot offer legal advice. Remote assistance is available over the phone at 240-777-9120 or via email at Print materials are not available while the library is closed to the public. Contact the Law Library for limited remote access to these materials.

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 – Not Available

Use computers
  • Free public access to legal databases, the Internet, and word processing
    • Westlaw
    • Lexis
    • HeinOnline
    • PACER
    • BloombergBNA
    • Kaufman’s Alimony Guidelines
  • Free WiFi is available throughout the courthouse
  • No USB drives are permitted to be used in the Law Library's computers
Printing, copying, and faxing
  • B/W copies/prints are 25¢/page
  • Color copies/prints are 50¢/page
  • Scans and incoming/outgoing faxes are 50¢/page

Conference Rooms – Not Available

Conference rooms are available to reserve at no cost from 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Call 240-777-9120 or e-mail us at to reserve rooms. Have the following information ready:

  • Your last name
  • Amount of time needed
  • Number of people in meeting
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.
  • Meeting rooms must be vacated by 5pm. Please include setup and decamp time in your booking.
  • 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.
  • You may use cellphones in closed rooms. Refrain from using your cellphone and/or having loud conversations in the hallway and reading 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.
  • 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

Remote notary services are suspended at this time. Thank you for your patience as we retool this service to best comply with October 1st 2020 legal changes.

You can review these legal changes, as well as locate a notary public authorized to perform remote notarizations via the Notary Division of the Maryland Secretary of State’s website.

Learn more about how to locate remote notarization services and certify documents notarized by Montgomery County notaries during the pandemic in 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.

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