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 Law Library of Louisiana

Law Library of Louisiana

400 Royal Street, 2d floor
New Orleans, LA  70130-2104

504-310-2515 - Reference
800-820-3038 (Louisiana only)

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Hours effective June 5, 2006:

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday - Saturday: 9 a.m. -5 p.m.

Sunday: CLOSED

NEW: Harvard Prof. Arthur Miller to Speak at Noon October 23 for Friends of the Law Library's CLE Lecture Series


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Located in the Supreme Court Building in New Orleans, the Law Library of Louisiana provides valuable services and resources for the judiciary, the bar, and the public throughout the state and beyond. The library, which was founded in 1855, now contains nearly 230,000 volumes in print and microform, including the complete chronology of both statutes and court reports for all fifty states and the federal government. Naturally, the collection of Louisiana legal materials is particularly rich historically.

In addition to the law reviews of nearly all American law schools, the library subscribes to many bar journals and legal periodicals and newspapers devoted to a wide range of subjects. Both practice-oriented materials and scholarly treatises in all areas of law are acquired and updated systematically. As a depository of both U.S. and Louisiana documents, the library annually receives thousands of publications from administrative agencies and legislative bodies. Judges and judicial administrators will find a rich array of publications, such as those funded by the State Justice Institute, to fulfill their specific needs. Our foreign law section comprises statutes, law reports, and treatises from Commonwealth countries as well as rare French and Spanish texts.

Our constantly updated electronic catalog may be consulted worldwide via the Internet. Three public computer terminals in the Reading Room offer access to both the catalog and to a plethora of online and CD-ROM resources that expand our library far beyond its walls. Louisiana cases, statutes and regulations, as well as U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Supreme Court cases and an extensive list of periodicals may be searched free of charge.

Self-service photocopy machines are available for all library patrons. Copies cost 15 cents each, and patrons may either use our coin-operated copier or purchase a $1.00 copy card and add value to it using bills. (A machine is available to convert bills to change.) Out-of-town patrons may call or write to request copies of library materials to be delivered by mail or fax for appropriate fees. Our interlibrary loan service makes it possible to borrow or receive copies of materials which we do not own from other libraries throughout the country.

Our professional librarians are pleased to assist patrons in becoming more knowledgeable about locating and using legal information resources. A growing number of "Research Guides" are posted on this website. De Novo, the library's award-winning, quarterly newsletter, will publish many useful articles and research hints in forthcoming issues. It is available on this website, or we will be happy to mail you a copy upon request. Our staff often presents information sessions, workshops and tours for a wide variety of audiences--everyone from experienced attorneys and public librarians to school children. If you or your organization or class would like to attend such a session, please contact us at (504) 310-2400.

Law Library Publications

     De Novo - The Newsletter of The Law Library of Louisiana,

                         Current Issue: Summer 2006

                         Earlier Issues

     Brochure - The Law Library of Louisiana:  Providing Service for the Judiciary, the Bar, and the Public

More about the library

The library offers an assortment of services and resources to any who have a need

To assist with research, the library staff has composed a set of "Pathfinder" research guides:

      1. Louisiana Legislative History - how to find legislative history - Revised 10/2003

      2. Louisiana Quantum Evaluation Sources - how much is a particular injury worth?

      3. Louisiana Courts Practice Materials

      4. Locating Louisiana Court Decisions

      5. Internet Sites for Legal Information

      6. How to do Legal Research - an overview

      7. Research Databases - in-house use only



Louisiana Supreme Court, 400 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Clerk of Court's Office (504) 310-2300
Judicial Administrator's Office (504) 310-2550
Law Library of Louisiana (504) 310-2400

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