Just For Specialized Audiences
The Maryland State Law Library serves a diverse cliental that includes judges, clerks, attorneys, state employees, self-represented litigants, librarians, and historians.
Library patrons needing assistance with special needs may wish to review the Maryland Judiciary's webpage, Assistance with Special Needs, for information on requesting accommodation.
The Maryland State Law Library owns a comprehensive collection of legal materials, including several unique resources of interest to Maryland practitioners. The library also offers access to many legal databases including Westlaw, Index to Legal Periodicals and CCH Business, Human Resources and Tax.
The current Library traces its roots to its establishment as the Maryland State Library by the General Assembly in 1826 Md. Laws, Chapter 53, passed on February 2, 1827. For much of its history, the Library purchased books ranging from family genealogies and compilations of Maryland public records to historical works and popular Maryland newspapers on microfilm. These collections are available to the public. The library also offers online access to back issues of the "Capital" (via Newspaper Archive) as well as the full run of the "Baltimore Sun" on microfilm.
As a Court-Related Agency, the Library strives to ensure that Maryland's judges and other judicial staff members possess the most relevant and current legal information possible. To meet this need, the Library provides services specifically benefiting Judiciary customers
Librarians from many institutions may benefit directly from the following popular State Law Library services including document delivery, interlibrary lending, and phone and email reference assistance.
As one of the largest public law libraries in the State, the Library offers several unique resources of interest to legal researchers including: an extensive set of self-help legal materials from publishers, such as Nolo Press, free access to the Westlaw legal database, a comprehensive collection of Maryland case law, statutes and regulations, secondary source materials, such as the Maryland Law Encyclopedia.
The staff of the library enjoys working with students at all levels. We have helped students from middle school to law school and every level in between. We can assist students using primary legal resources like state codes and reporters both in print and online, reading a citation and using and selecting secondary sources like ALRs, citators, digests, treatises, and form and practice books