Library Information

Location

The library is located on the first floor of the Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building.

Address

Alabama Supreme Court and State Law Library
300 Dexter Avenue Montgomery, AL 36104

Hours

Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. except State holidays. (Calendar)

NOTE: Appellate Court Briefs may be filed in the State Law Library from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.





Public Services Division


The Public Services staff is available to assist patrons in using the law library. The staff includes one librarian and two paraprofessionals who are trained in legal research. Their job is to help patrons find and use the resources in the library. They can help you select, locate, and use the resources in the library so that you will be able to answer your legal question or prepare your case.

By state law, the Law Library staff is not authorized to provide legal advice nor perform legal research for the public. Requests for legal assistance or advice and questions pertaining to the law should be directed to an attorney licensed to practice law in Alabama. For basic legal information, please visit http://www.alabamalegalhelp.org.

Below are some examples of what the staff can and cannot do to help you.


What the Public Services staff can do for you:

  • Assist in locating and using resources in the library to help you with your legal research
  • Explain how to use different formats of legal resources, such as online databases and microfilm
  • Direct you to form books, court rules and books about the law (called treatises)
  • Explain how to read legal citations
  • Help you locate a particular statute or case when you have a reference or citation
  • Direct you to resources that will help you learn how to do legal research
  • Provide in-library access to subscription electronic legal research databases
  • Assist in locating and using free legal and informational websites
  • Provide assistance in obtaining answers to factual questions
  • Provide copies of library materials Click here for more information on fees for photocopies.
  • Make requests for you for materials from other libraries outside of Montgomery, if you are a resident of Alabama Click here for more information on Interlibrary Loan procedures and costs.
  • Show you how to use the library‚Äôs online catalog to find resources on your topic and help you check out materials from the library Click here for more information on circulation policies.
  • Refer you to other agencies or organizations that might be able to provide more assistance
    with your problem.

What the Public Services staff cannot do for you:

  • Perform legal research for you
  • Read statutes, cases, or court rules over the telephone
  • Interpret the meaning of court cases, statutes, regulations and other legal authority or determine how they would relate to your case
  • Select statutes, cases or regulations for your case
  • Give legal advice or opinions on legal matters, advise you of your legal rights, or recommend a course of action
  • Tell you how to file a document, which document to file, or how to proceed with a court case
  • Assist you in selecting or completing forms or specific language to use in forms
  • Recommend or refer you to a specific attorney
  • If you need someone who can research the law for you and interpret the law as it applies to your circumstances, you should consider talking to an attorney. The Alabama State Bar Association offers a Lawyer Referral Service.