Massachusetts law libraries open to the public

State Library of Massachusetts

Address24 Beacon Street
State House, Room 341
Boston, MA 02133
Phone617-727-2590
Hours9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday
Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/
Cataloghttps://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/home?loc=111
Digital Collectionshttp://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/digital-collections.html
SecurityVisitors are required to pass through security screening
Public TransitMBTA Red or Green Line to Park Street Station
ParkingThe State House is located at 24 Beacon Street in the heart of
Boston. Unfortunately, there is no free or visitor parking available. Metered spaces are available on a limited basis. The closest parking garage is the Boston Common Garage located on Charles Street, between the Boston Common and the Public Garden.

Library of the United States Courts In the First Circuit

AddressJohn Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 9400
Boston, MA 02210
Phone(617) 748-9044
FAX(617) 748-9358
Hours9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Websitehttp://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/circuit-library
SecurityVisitors are required to pass through security screening, provide a
valid government photo ID, and electronic devices (cell phones, cameras, laptops, etc.) are not allowed in the courthouse. Devices can be checked with security prior to entering courthouse.
Public TransitMBTA Silver Line or Bus Route 4 to Courthouse Station
ParkingDue to development in the area, parking around the courthouse is
limited. Daily parking is available at One Marina Park Drive, at surface lots on B Street and Seaport Boulevard, and at the Seaport Hotel parking garage. Daily rates range from $20 - $38 per day (rates are subject to change without notice).

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries 

General Information

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/
Cataloghttp://masscourt.ipac.dynixasp.com/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=
Chathttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/services/ask.html
Document Delivery Service Request Formhttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/services/deliveryform.html

Need to have citation to take advantage of this service.
InformationBefore visiting, be sure to check out the laws by subject pages and catalog.

Library e-Cardholders can access HeinOnline, Nolo Law Books, and RetrieveLaw from home. To apply for a library e-card, you can fill out this form.

Barnstable Law Library    

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/barnstable.html
Address1st District Courthouse
Barnstable, MA 02630
Phone(508) 362-8539
Fax(508) 362-1374
Emailbarnstablelawlibrary@gmail.com
HoursMon.-Fri. 8:00-1:00, 1:30-4:00
ParkingFree parking in court complex
Public TransitBarnstable Villager line of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority

Berkshire Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/berkshire.html
AddressCourthouse
76 East Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone(413) 442-5059
Fax(413) 448-2474
Emailberkshirelawlib@hotmail.com
HoursMon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30
ParkingFree street parking
Public TransitAccessible via the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Routes 1, 2, 4/11, and 5. For maps, schedules, and more information see the BRTA website, or use Google Maps to plan your route.

Bristol Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/bristol.html
AddressSuperior Courthouse
9 Court Street
Taunton, MA 02780
Phone(508) 824-7632
Fax(508) 824-4723
Emailbristollawlibrary@yahoo.com
HoursTuesday and Thursday only 8:00-4:00
ParkingFree parking lots at Trescott and Cedar Streets; Howard Street,
south of the Taunton Green. Paid lot at 26 Court Street - $1 per hour, max rate of $10. 2-Hour metered parking nearby.
Public TransitGreater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GARTA)

Brockton Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/brockton.html
AddressSuperior Courthouse
72 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Phone(508) 586-7110
Fax(508) 580-3329
Emailbrocklaw72@hotmail.com
HoursMon.-Fri. 8:30 -12:00, 12:30-4:00
ParkingFree parking available across the street from the courthouse and
metered parking
Public TransitBrockton Area Transit (BAT), Commuter Rail
Middleborough/Lakeville Line

Essex Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/essex.html
Address56 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone(978) 741-0674
Fax(978) 745-7224
Emailessexlawlibrary@hotmail.com
HoursMon.-Fri. 8:00-4:00
ParkingMetered spots. Paid lots on Church Street, Downtown Garage on Brown and New Library St.
Public TransitThe Essex Law Library is accessible by the Newburyport/Rockport line of the MBTA. The closes stop to the courthouse is Salem Station. The courthouse is also available by the following MBTA busses: Express Bus 450, Express Bus 455, Bus 456, Express Bus 459 and Bus 465.

Fall River Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/fallriver.html
Address186 South Main Street
Fall River, MA 02721
Phone(508) 491-3475
Fax(508) 491-3482
Emailfallriver.lawlib@verizon.net
HoursMon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30
ParkingThere is metered street parking, as well as paid parking garages near the courthouse (Third Street Parking garage at 157 3rd St; Pearl Street Parking Deck at 1 Pearl St).
Public TransitSoutheastern Transit Authority (SRTA)

Fitchburg Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/fitchburg.html
AddressFitchburg Public Library
610 Main St.
Suite 240 (2nd floor)
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone(978) 345-6726
Fax(978) 345-7334
Emailpeter.anderegg@verizon.net
HoursTuesday & Thursday 10:00 - 4:30
Public TransitMontachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART)
ParkingMetered parking is available on Main Street and at the Municipal Parking Lot across from Youth Library entrance. Meters are free after 4pm. Limited one-hour free library parking is available in the lot across from the Youth Library accessible from Boulder Drive and opposite Putnam Place.

Franklin Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/franklin.html
Address101 Munson St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Phone(413) 775-7482
Fax(413) 772-0743
Emailfranklinlawlib@hotmail.com
HoursMon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30
Public TransitCorporate Shuttle or Greenfield Route 21
ParkingThe entrances on Munson Street are marked, directing you to the second entrance, which has a sign "Franklin County Courthouse-Main Entrance." Upon entering the Main Entrance, there are signs directing you to the Franklin County Courthouse Parking areas. There is handicap accessible parking right by the main entrance.

Hampden Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/hampden.html
Address50 State Street
Springfield, MA 01102
Phone(413) 748-7923
Fax(413) 734-2973
Emailhampdenlawlibrary@yahoo.com
HoursMon.-Fri. 8:00-4:00
Public TransitThe court is accessible using the following routes of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority: Blue 6, Blue 7, Green 1, Green 2, Green 5 and Green 8.
ParkingThere are several paid garages near the courthouse (22 East Court St, and 1 Monarch Place), as well as metered street parking.

Hampshire Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/hampshire.html
AddressNorthampton Courthouse
99 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone(413) 586-2297
Fax(413) 584-0870
Emailhampshirelawlibrary@hotmail.com
HoursMon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30

Lawrence Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/lawrence.html
Address2 Appleton Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone(978) 687-7608
Fax(978) 688-2346
EmailLawrenceLawLibrary@yahoo.com
HoursMon.-Fri. 8:30-4:20
Public TransitFor public transportation information to the courthouse, visit the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority website or call 508-588-1000. The Lawrence District Court is accessible by the Haverhill line of the MBTA. The closest station to the courthouse is the Lawrence Station stop, which is approximately 1/2 of a mile from the courthouse. Busses are also available through the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority.
ParkingPaid parking is available in several nearby parking lots, as well as the Museum Square Parking Garage, directly across from the front door of the building.

Lowell Law Library

Website http://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/lowell.html
AddressSuperior Courthouse
360 Gorham Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Phone(978) 452-9301
Fax(978) 970-2000
Emaillowlaw@meganet.net
HoursMon, Tue., Wed., Fri. 8:30-4:20
Thurs. 8:30-2:00, 2:30-4:20
MaterialsLexis, HeinOnline
Copying & ScanningThe library has a scanner and recommends patrons bring a flash drive to save to.
ParkingLibrary patrons can park in the lot marked Jury Parking, but this lot has less availability on Mondays and Fridays.
Public Transit There is a Lowell Superior Court bus stop, which is on the Highlands via Stevens, Lowell Circulator, and South Lowell lines (See the Lowell Regional Transit Authority for schedules). The court is also about half a mile from the Lowell commuter rail station.

Middlesex Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/middlesex.html
AddressCourthouse
200 Trade Center, 3rd Fl.
Woburn, MA 01801
Phone(781) 939-2920
Fax(781) 939-0874
Emailmidlawlib@yahoo.com
HoursMon.-Fri. 9:00-4:30

Best time to come in: It varies, but afternoons (except Thursday) are usually less busy than mornings
MaterialsLexis, HeinOnline, Westlaw, Retrievelaw, Nolo Law Books
Copying & ScanningThere is a public copier with a cost of 15 cents per page
Additional TipsThe librarian recommends looking at the Trial Court Libraries’ website, specifically their law by subject pages, and their catalog to develop a focused question before coming to the library to conduct research.

New Bedford Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/newbedford.html
AddressSuperior Courthouse
441 County Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone(508) 992-8077
Fax(508) 991-7411
Emailjane.callahan@verizon.net
HoursMon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30
MaterialsLexis, HeinOnline, Westlaw
ParkingStreet parking is available
CopyingCopiers are available at a cost of 15 cents per page.
SecurityPatrons will have to go through courthouse security to go to the library.

Norfolk Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/norfolk.html
Address649 High St, Suite 210
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone(781) 329-1401
Fax(781) 329-1404
Emailnorfolklawlibrary@hotmail.com
HoursMon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30
ParkingThere is a parking lot behind the Registry of Deeds Building, as well as metered parking on High and Court Streets. More spaces are available in the parking lot after 1:00 when the jury pool is dismissed.
Public TransitThe library is within walking distance of bus stops on the 34E line.
MaterialsExtensive Massachusetts law collection, including MCLEs; Nolo Books, Lexis, HeinOnline, Westlaw, and federal pro se titles.
Best time to visitStaff are less likely to be available on Thursday mornings, otherwise any time is good.
CopyingThere are 2 copiers available and it costs 10 cents per page.

Plymouth Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/plymouth.html
Address52 Obery Street, Suite 0117
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone(508) 747-4796
Fax(508) 746-9788
Emailplymouthlawlibrary@hotmail.com
HoursMon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30
SecurityPatrons have to go through courthouse security to go to the law library.
Materials AvailableLexis, HeinOnline, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education publications
CopyingPublic copier available at a cost of 15 cents per page.
ParkingThere’s a public parking lot on the right side of the courthouse. Parking is free.

Worcester Law Library

Websitehttp://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries/locations/worcester.html
Address184 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone(508) 831-2525
Fax(508) 754-9933
Emailworcesterlaw@yahoo.com
HoursMon.-Fri. 8:00-4:00
MaterialsLexis, HeinOnline, Westlaw
Public TransitThe library is .7 miles from Worcester Union Station. It is also near the Main Street & George Street bus stop on the 8 and 18 bus lines.
ParkingThere are lots nearby as well as metered parking (see map). If you park at a meter, you need to be diligent about feeding the meter because they are quick to ticket.
CopyingThe library has a copier. It costs 10 cents per page to copy.
Additional TipsIf you are looking for something specific (i.e., a form), call the library or use the Chat Service to see if it can be emailed to you. If you have paperwork related to your case (ex. a Summons or complaint), bring it with you when you visit the library. You may also want to bring a thumb drive so you can save documents you find using the library’s databases.

Private Law Libraries

Social Law Library

Websitehttp://www.socialaw.com
AddressJohn Adams Courthouse
1 Pemberton Square
Suite 4100
Boston, MA 02108
Phone(617) 226-1500
Fax(617) 523-2458
Emailreference@socialaw.com
HoursMonday-Friday, 8AM - 8PM
Public TransitMBTA Red, Green, Blue, and Orange lines. Government Center
station is closed until March 2016. State, Bowdoin and Park Street Stations are currently the closest stations.
ParkingParking is limited. 2-Hour metered parking can be found on
Cambridge St and New Chardon St. Rates for the Government Center Garage on New Sudbury are available here. Rates for Center Plaza Garage are located here.
SecurityThe Social Law Library is located in the Courthouse of the Supreme
Judicial Court and Appeals Court of Massachusetts. Visitors will need to go through a security screening upon entering.
UsageThe Social Law Library is a private membership research library.
You do not have to be an attorney to become a member, but there is a yearly subscription fee to access the library. Pro Se litigants may be issued a courtesy pass if they demonstrate a need to access resources that are unavailable at public libraries. Courtesy passes are only good for one calendar day and cannot be renewed. For more information, see here.


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