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.
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.
On May 1st, the Law Library of Louisiana celebrates Law Day. Established in 1958 by President Eisenhower, Law Day is a national day set aside annually to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts. As part of its Law Day celebrations, the Law Library designed a new exhibit for the public examining the 2019 theme of the First Amendment freedoms of speech and the press.
The Law Library's new Law Day exhibit will be available for public viewing until September 1, 2019. The exhibit is on the second floor, by the library's "Popular Reading" area.
About the 2019 Law Day Theme
The 2019 Law Day theme—Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society—focuses on these cornerstones of representative government and calls on us to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.” In the United States and around the world, freedom of speech and the press are among the most important foundations for a free society. Free speech and free press are prominent topics in public discourse and litigation. It is impossible to imagine a free society without these individual liberties, yet historical and current debates surrounding them continually challenge us to consider their boundaries and resilience. Changes in technology have reshaped how free speech and free press work in the everyday world.
Law Day 2019 offers the opportunity to explore this pair of freedoms by probing their history and considering their future. Should all speech be “free?” What is the role of government in regulating or protecting the press? Should speech or the press be constrained through laws or norms? Can a free society exist without free speech and free press?