The Law Library of Louisiana serves the legal information needs of the Louisiana Supreme Court and its employees, government agencies, and the judiciary of Louisiana. We are also open to attorneys and members of the public.
Visitors must enter the building from Royal Street, pass through security, and then come up to our location on the second floor. We have a rich collection of over 150,000 items, available in paper, microform, and digital formats. There are six computer terminals for public use, with access to WestlawNext, LexisAdvance, Shepard’s Citations (from Lexis), Fastcase, and many other databases.
Library staff can assist patrons in using the library. They can direct you to resources, but cannot interpret the meaning of legal materials, or tell you what the law is. They cannot give legal advice, or apply the law to your specific circumstances. If you need legal advice, you should consult with an attorney.
Outside patrons can email or telephone library staff. Our assistance should be viewed as a starting point in your research. We make no claim as to giving definitive answers to your information needs.
Library Staff can:
• Assist you with locating and using the resources in the library’s collection.
• Help you find a particular case or statute if you have a specific citation.
• Refer you to an agency or organization that may be able to offer assistance.
• Direct you to form books, court rule books, and treatises.
• Explain how to use microforms.
Library Staff cannot:
• Research a topic for you.
• Read a statute, case, or court rule over the telephone.
• Interpret the meaning of a case, statute, or rule.
• Explain how to fill in a form or how to file it.
• Refer you to a specific attorney.
• Offer their opinion on a legal matter.
• Suggest a course of action.
• State if something is legal or not.
Attorneys and members of the public may request copies of specific documents for which they have a proper citation. Published materials in the collection can be sent to you via fax, email or postal mail. Costs are 50 cents per page (photocopies) plus postage and $1.25 per page (fax/email). Photocopies are mailed only to individuals outside of the New Orleans metropolitan area. There is a $5 minimum charge.
If you are not sure about the exact section of a work, we can send you the table of contents, and then you can request specific pages.
Notice concerning copyright restrictions:
The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be ``used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.'' If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of ``fair use,'' that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
Library patrons can make their own photocopies at the coin operated copy machine. An adjacent change machine accepts one, five, and ten dollar bills. Librarians may assist patrons who may have physical difficulties in making copies.
Patrons in the library shall pay as they go. The law library does not establish accounts for individuals or attorneys.
Patrons with outstanding balances must pay the full amount owed before the library will send new material to them.