Law Library Services

The State Law Library of Montana, initially called the Montana Library Law Division, was incorporated by the Territorial Council in 1881.  At that time, the library catalog reported roughly 2,000 books.  Today the State Law Library exists as a separate and distinct library, subject to the board of trustees consisting of the Supreme Court of Montana. (Montana Code Annotated, sections 22-1-501, 22-1-502.)  Today we hold more than 116,000 cataloged items, and another 315,000 items on microfiche, along with our extensive electronic resources.  A map of our physical library can be found here.

The State Law Library works to provide access to legal information consistent with the research needs of Montana's judges and court personnel, members of the State Bar of Montana, state officers and employees, and members of the general public. We strive to provide legal information at the time and in the format requested.

The library selects and maintains resources consistent with this mission. We develop and promote a quality program of resource sharing and alternative access in order to serve the needs of local and distant users and to support the cooperative efforts of libraries in general.


Contact Us

Hours: The State Law Library is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and closed on legal holidays. 

You can reach us during those hours by:

Visiting the Law Library
Justice Building
215 N. Sanders St. (Cross street: 6th Ave.)
Helena, MT
 

Writing us a letter
State Law Library
Reference Desk
P.O. Box 203004
Helena, MT 59620-3004

Calling the Law Library
Circulation: (406) 444-3660
Reference: (406) 444-3636
Fax: (406) 444-3603
Toll free in Montana: 1-800-710-9827

Email us
Circulation Desk: lawlibcirc@mt.gov
Reference Desk: mtlawlibrary@mt.gov


Directions

The Law Library is located in the Justice Building on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Sanders Street. We're one block east of the capitol building and the Historical Society Museum. Entrance to off-street parking is available from either Sixth or Sanders. For directions click here.


 

Policies & Procedures:

  • Acceptable Behavior
  • Borrowing Policy (Contact Library)
  • Legal Research vs. Legal Advice
  • Public Computer Use
  • Services for Inmates (Contact Library)
  • Use of Briefing Rooms

Services:

  • Briefing Rooms
  • Circulation - Checking out materials from the library.
  • CLE (Continuing Legal Education Programs) - The State Law Library has available to its users a circulating audio and video CLE collection.
  • Databases - The law library provides access to public computers, as well as free WiFi, with in-library access to a number of databases.
  • Document Delivery - Copy, Fax, Print and Scan
  • EBooks - An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
  • Legal Research Guides - Guide to Montana Research, Montana Legislative History Research, Montana Citizen's Guide to Court, Search Like a Pro PowerPoint Presentation, Legal Information for Montana.
  • Library Accounts - Learn how to obtain a library card and manage your account.
  • Pay Online
  • Public Use Computers
  • Self-Help Center
  • Tours and Presentations
  • Wi-Fi

Staff:

Sarah McClain, Director/State Law Librarian
Charged with the development and maintenance of the law library collection and services to fulfill the needs of all Montanans.

Damon Martin, Reference Librarian
Charged with providing legal information and instruction to library users.

Stephan Licitra, Technical Services Librarian
Responsible the library's catalog as well as for: obtaining, organizing, and caring for library resources and materials.

Judith Rogers, Administrative Services Specialist
Processes accounts payable and receivable and provides interlibrary loan services.

Rita Gibson, Library Access Services Specialist
Responsible for physical access to the library's resources, including circulation, shelving and filing of materials, and document delivery.

(Vacant), Library Assistant

Kevin Cook, Electronic Services Coordinator
Webmaster for the Law Library and the Courts. Also responsible for maintenance of the library’s computers and management of electronic subscriptions and licenses.

Deb Lund, Electronic Services Assistant
Works to digitize and provide access to digitized library materials.


History:

Historical Sketch of the State Law Library of Montana, by Ashburn Kennett Barbour (State Law Librarian 1905-1954)

State Law Librarians, Past and Present

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