Consumers and the Courts
Open to All: Maryland State Law Library

By James G. Durham, Deputy Director, Maryland State Law Library

The Maryland State Law Library is open to everyone seeking legal information, including those who wish to represent themselves in court. The library has self-help materials that explain legal issues and how to file a claim. Staff members at the information desk provide assistance in person, by telephone, by email, and through the online chat service available through the library’s website.

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Patrons who visit the library can use all materials at no charge, including eight public computer stations to access specialized legal databases. Computer printers and copy machines, if needed, are available at a charge of 25 cents per page.

If unable to visit, patrons can use the library’s website. One of the most popular parts of the website is the People’s Law Library (PLL). PLL contains legal information specifically written for non-lawyers who want to learn more about legal issues. The information is organized by topic (consumer, employment, family, housing, motor vehicles, wills, and more) to make it easier to find.

As part of the court system, the Maryland State Law Library strives to be neutral and fair when helping patrons locate legal information. If a patron needs legal advice, the staff can provide contact information for lawyer referral services and no-cost / low-cost legal help.

The Maryland State Law Library is located on the first floor of the Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building at 361 Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis. Parking is located on the street, near the building entrance.

Hours:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri.
8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tues., Thurs.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat.
Phone: 410-260-1430, 888-216-8156 (toll-free in MD)
Email: lawlibrary@mdcourts.gov