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Maryland State Publications

Visitors to the State Law Library will find one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of Maryland government publications in the State. The collection ranges from 19th Century reports of the State Oyster Commission, housed in the Library's Special Collections Room, to the latest agency digital publications, retained in OCLC through the Legal Information Preservation Alliance's "Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group".

By statute, the Library operates as a depository member of the State Publications Depository and Distribution Program. The Library built this unique selection of Maryland agency publications using a variety of innovative methods, including cooperative networking with area libraries and e-mail alerts of changes to state agency web pages. In order to make the Library's print collection more accessible to users, it devised many years ago an exclusive call number system, patterned after the one for Federal government documents. For the Library user, this means that it is easy to scan the shelves for similar material produced by the same agency.

Additionally, the Library possesses an historic assortment of secondary sources about Maryland. Highlights include: history books about Maryland counties and towns, accounts of Maryland historical events, genealogical data on Maryland families and the Baltimore Sun, Maryland Daily Record and the Annapolis Capital on microfilm. The Library continues to collect Maryland history, especially as it relates to law and government.

The Library believes that its repository of Maryland government publications and historical materials gives additional meaning and context to its law collections. The Library welcomes researchers from all walks of life to explore the distinctiveness of these special resources.




Updated: September 23, 2014

Key Resources:

New MD State Publications

University of Maryland / Maryland State Publications Page

State Publications Depository and Distribution Program: Digital Collection

Archive-It: Maryland State Archives

Extensive collection of Maryland Task Force Reports

Search Library Catalog for Maryland State Publications






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