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.
NEW: LAW LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA CELEBRATES LAW DAY 2017
The Law Library of Louisiana celebrates Law Day 2017 with new exhibits on this year's theme, The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.
As we approach the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1868, the Law Day 2017 theme recognizes the impact of this transformative law. Through its Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, the 14th Amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states. Ratified during Reconstruction a century and a half ago, the 14th Amendment serves as the cornerstone of landmark civil rights legislation, the foundation for numerous federal court decisions protecting fundamental rights, and a source of inspiration for all those who advocate for equal justice under law.
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.
The Law Library welcomes you to stop by to view our new exhibits and learn more about this important law. You can also get more information at the American Bar Association's website for Law Day.