Law Library of Louisiana
400 Royal Street, 2d floor
New Orleans, LA 70130-2104
504-310-2515 - Reference
800-820-3038 (Louisiana only)
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 6 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
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PLEASE NOTE: The Law Library will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.
EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2013, the Law Library of Louisiana’s new hours of operation will be:
9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
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 150,000
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 Rare Books Room contains rare French
and Spanish texts.
Our constantly updated
electronic catalog may be consulted worldwide via the Internet. Six public
computer terminals in the Reading Room offer access to both
the catalog and to a plethora of online 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.
machines are available for all library patrons. Copies cost
15 cents each, and patrons may use our coin-operated
copier. 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.
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 e-mail you a copy upon request. Our staff, 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
Valerie Willard at (504) 310-2588.
De Novo - The Newsletter of The Law Library of Louisiana,
Issue: Vol. 10, Issue 2, Spring 2013
Brochure - The Law Library
of Louisiana: Providing Service for the Judiciary,
the Bar, and the Public
The library offers
an assortment of services
to any who have a need
To assist with
research, the library staff has composed a set of "Pathfinder"
1. Louisiana Legislative History
- how to find legislative history
Quantum Evaluation Sources - how much is a particular
Courts Practice Materials - civil and criminal practice materials, including forms
Louisiana Court Decisions
Sites for Legal Information
to do Legal Research - an overview
7. Selected Electronic Resources - legal research databases available for in-house use only
8. Judges Pathfinder -
sources for biographical information on current and past Louisiana judges