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Law Library of Louisiana

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

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

email: library@lasc.org

website: http://lasc.libguides.com

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Monday - Friday

9AM to 5PM

The Library will be closed
Friday, April 19, 2019.




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The Law Library now offers free access to Lexis Advance, which includes the Lexis Louisiana Practice Library; federal and state statutes and cases; forms; court rules; federal and state agency resources; state attorney general opinions; and the Shepard’s Citation service. Lexis Advance can only be accessed at the Law Library, where librarians are available to assist you with your research needs.

Of course, the Law Library still offers free access to WestlawNext. Whichever you prefer, you may find them both available, free of charge, at the Law Library of Louisiana.


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




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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 1838, now contains nearly 150,000 volumes in print, microform, and online, including the complete chronology of both statutes and court reports for all fifty states and the federal government. The historical collection of Louisiana legal materials is rich and thorough. Due to trends in the legal publishing environment, the Law Library’s collection has shifted its emphasis from print to online resources.

In addition to the law reviews of many American law schools, the library subscribes to legal periodicals and newspapers which are devoted to a wide range of subjects. The library collects both practice-oriented materials and scholarly treatises in many areas of American law. 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 to fulfill their specific needs. Our Rare Books Room contains rare French and Spanish texts, and is open by appointment with the Director.

Our online catalog is available via the Internet. Six public computer terminals offer access to the catalog, databases, and other electronic resources. Louisiana cases, statutes, and regulations; federal court of appeals and U. S. Supreme Court cases; and an extensive list of periodicals may be searched free of charge. These resources are only accessible from the library’s computers.

A self-service coin-operated photocopy machine is available for all library patrons. Copies cost 25 cents each, and 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 (an exact citation is required). 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 assist patrons in becoming more knowledgeable about locating and using legal information resources. A number of "Research Guides" are posted on this website. De Novo, the library's award-winning, tri-annual newsletter, publishes many useful articles and research hints. It is available on this website, or we will be happy to email you a copy upon request. The Library Director, in conjunction with the Community Relations staff, conducts 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 schedule a tour, please contact Robert Gunn at (504) 310-2588.

Please note that our librarians are not Louisiana attorneys. They cannot and will not give legal advice. The definition of “legal advice” can seem confusing to non-lawyers. Basically, the librarians cannot apply the law to your specific circumstances. They cannot offer guidance or recommendations. Our librarians are here to help you locate legal information, but they cannot interpret the law for you or in any other way act as your personal attorney.

From the American Bar Association:

About the 2018 Law Day Theme

Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

The U.S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches—Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. It also defines legislative, executive, and judicial powers and outlines how they interact. These three separate branches share power, and each branch serves as a check on the power of the others. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison explained in Federalist 51. Why? Madison believed that the Constitution’s principles of separation of powers and checks and balances preserve political liberty. They provide a framework for freedom. Yet, this framework is not self-executing. We the people must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and advancing our rights. The Law Day 2018 theme enables us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how our governmental system is working for ourselves and our posterity.

Law Day was established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to strengthen our heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day. Every president since then has issued a Law Day proclamation on May 1st to celebrate the nation’s commitment to the rule of law.

You can also get more information at the American Bar Association's website for Law Day.




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                         Current Issue: Vol. 16, Issue 1, Winter 2019

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