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