Where to Access Free Legal Materials in Massachusetts

I. Trial Court Law Libraries.

http://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/  

There are fifteen public Law Libraries located across Massachusetts dedicated to serving judges, lawyers, and members of the public.

Just like any local public Library, The Trial Court Law Libraries are open to everyone. There, you can receive in-person legal referral assistance, borrow books, and use print and electronic resources.

 The Trial Court Law Libraries offer three methods to receive reference assistance from a law librarian—

Visit a Law Library. A listing of Trial Court Law Library locations, directions and phone numbers can be found on pages 1-2.

E-Mail. Fill out a simple form to send your question to the Trial Court Law Libraries’ reference staff (on weekdays, you can expect an answer within twenty-four hours or less).

Chat live with a Trial Court Law Library legal reference librarian in real time over the Web.

In addition to their substantial paper-based collections, the Trial Court Law Libraries offer public access to their computer workstations, online services, and networked materials, including in-library only access to Westlaw and Lexis, as well as in-library and remote access to RetrieveLaw (Massachusetts and Federal primary legal materials);  HeinOnline (law reviews and other materials); Gale Virtual Reference Library databases (Academic OneFile, General Business File, and General Reference Center Gold); Nolo Books Online; and ProQuest Massachusetts Newsstand. A Library card is required to access the databases. WiFi connectivity is available.

For additional information, visit: http://www.mass.gov/lawlib.  

 

Trial Court Law Libraries’ Locations and Contact Information

 

Barnstable Law Library
1st District Courthouse
Barnstable, MA 02630
Phone (508) 362-8539
Fax (508) 362-1374
barnstablelawlibrary@gmail.com
Mon.-Fri. 8:00-1:00, 1:30-4:00

Hampshire Law Library
Northampton Courthouse
99 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone (413) 586-2297
Fax (413) 584-0870
hampshirelawlibrary@hotmail.com
Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30

Berkshire Law Library
Courthouse
76 East Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 442-5059
Fax: (413) 448-2474
berkshirelawlib@hotmail.com
Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30

Lawrence Law Library

2 Appleton Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone (978) 687-7608
Fax (978) 688-2346
LawrenceLawLibrary@yahoo.com
Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30

Bristol Law Library

Superior Courthouse
9 Court Street
Taunton, MA 02780
Phone (508) 824-7632
Fax (508) 824-4723
|bristollawlibrary@yahoo.com
Tuesday and Thursday only 8:00-4:00

Lowell Law Library
Superior Courthouse
360 Gorham Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Phone (978) 452-9301
Fax (978) 970-2000
lowlaw@meganet.net
Mon-Fri. 8:30-4:20

Brockton Law Library
Superior Courthouse
72 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Phone (508) 586-7110
Fax (508) 580-3329
brocklaw72@hotmail.com
Mon.-Fri. 8:30 -12:00, 12:30-4:00

Norfolk Law Library
649 High St, Suite 210
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone (781) 329-1401
Fax (781) 329-1404
norfolklawlibrary@hotmail.com
Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30

Essex Law Library
56 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone (978) 741-0674
Fax (978) 745-7224
essexlawlibrary@hotmail.com
Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:00

Plymouth Law Library

52 Obery Street, Suite 0117
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone (508) 747-4796
Fax (508) 746-9788
plymouthlawlibrary@hotmail.com

Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30


Franklin Law Library

101 Munson St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Phone (413) 775-7482
Fax (413) 772-0743
franklinlawlib@hotmail.com

Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30


 

Worcester Law Library

184 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone (508) 831-2525
Fax (508) 754-9933
worcesterlaw@yahoo.com
Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:00


 

Hampden Law Library

Courthouse
50 State Street
Springfield, MA 01102
Phone (413) 748-7923
Fax (413) 734-2973
hampdenlawlibrary@yahoo.com

Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:00

 





 

 

To confirm the hours of operation at a particular Trial Court Law Library, please call the library location

 

II. State Library of Massachusetts.

http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/  

 There is no Trial Court Law Library for Suffolk County. That is because at the time the Social Law Library was incorporated and mandated to serve as the library for the Commonwealth’s judicial, executive, and legislative branches of government, the legislative intent was that the law collection of the State Library, which is open to all, function as the free law library for Suffolk County.

Among the many legal materials available at the State Library are:

Federal Law

Federal law resources, including statutes (United States Code), administrative law (Code of Federal Regulations and Federal Register), and case law (decisions of the Supreme Court, Circuit Courts of Appeal, and District Courts).

Massachusetts State Law

Statutory law (Massachusetts General Laws) and some historical legislative information, administrative law (Code of Massachusetts Regulations; Massachusetts Register), case law (Supreme Judicial Court, Appeals Court). Massachusetts specific databases that are created and maintained by the Social Law Library are also available for the public to access at the State Library.

In addition to its paper-based legal collection, the State Library offers access to the public to its computer workstations, online services, and networked materials, including  WESTLAW, Gale Virtual Reference Library databases (Academic OneFile, General Business File, and General Reference Center Gold); Nolo Books Online; and ProQuest Massachusetts Newsstand. WiFi connectivity is available

The State Library of Massachusetts
24 Beacon Street
State House, Room 341
Boston, MA 02133
(617) 727-2590
Fax: (617) 727-9730
Mon.-Fri. 9:00-5:00

III. Library of the United States Courts in the First Circuit 

Located in the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse, the Library for the First Circuit has an extensive legal collection that may be accessed by members of the general public. The Library offers many printed legal resources, as well as publicly accessible computers and wireless internet. Only government employees are allowed to borrow materials from the Library but the collection is open to the public to use in the library.

 

Library of the United States Courts in the First Circuit
http://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/circuit-library

John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 9400
Boston, MA 02210

(617) 748-9044
Fax: (617) 748-9358

Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

IV. Boston Public Library.

 The Boston Public Library has a substantial legal collection, including such Massachusetts-specific materials as: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Decisions, Massachusetts Appeals Court Decisions, Massachusetts General Laws Annotated, Annotated Laws of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Law Reporter, Massachusetts Law Review, Massachusetts Practice Series, Massachusetts Digest (1st and 2nd), Massachusetts Acts and Resolves, the Code of Massachusetts Regulations; Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and Flaschner Judicial Institute titles. The legal collection also includes American Jurisprudence, Corpus Juris Secundum, and general legal materials.

Boston Public Library

700 Boylston Street, Copley Square,
Boston, MA 02116
Tel: 617-536-5400

There is a BPL branch quite close to the John Adams Courthouse. The West End branch offers WiFi connectivity and public computers with printing are available.

Boston Public Library - West End
151 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-523-3957

V. Other Public Libraries.

The public library in your city or town may also be a resource and does provide free Internet access. You can find a list of the public libraries in Massachusetts at http://www.mlin.org.


 


 

 

Hampden Law Library

Courthouse
50 State Street
Springfield, MA 01102
Phone (413) 748-7923
Fax (413) 734-2973
hampdenlawlibrary@yahoo.com

Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:00

 


 

 

Hampden Law Library

Courthouse
50 State Street
Springfield, MA 01102
Phone (413) 748-7923
Fax (413) 734-2973
hampdenlawlibrary@yahoo.com

Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:00

 


 

 

Hampden Law Library

Courthouse
50 State Street
Springfield, MA 01102
Phone (413) 748-7923
Fax (413) 734-2973
hampdenlawlibrary@yahoo.com

Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:00