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
Websitehttps://www.mass.gov/orgs/state-library-of-massachusetts
Cataloghttps://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/home?loc=111
Digital Collectionshttps://archives.lib.state.ma.us/
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
Hours9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Websitehttp://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/circuit-library
SecurityInformation: 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. More Information
Public TransitMBTA Silver Line or Bus Route 4 to Courthouse Station
ParkingNearby Parking Garages include Fan Pier Garage, 100 Northern Avenue Garage, One Seaport Garage, and Independence Wharf Garage.

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries 

General Information

Websitehttps://www.mass.gov/orgs/trial-court-law-libraries
Cataloghttp://masscourt.ipac.dynixasp.com/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=
Chathttps://www.mass.gov/service-details/chat-or-text-with-a-law-librarian
Emailhttps://www.mass.gov/forms/ask-a-law-librarian-by-email
Document Delivery Service Request Formhttps://www.mass.gov/how-to/request-law-library-document

Need to have citation to take advantage of this service.
InformationThere are 15 Trial Court Law Libraries located across Massachusetts to serve the courts, attorneys and the public. Every library has public access computers that have access to West Law, Lexis, Hein Online, and other legal resources. Scanning and printing (30 free pages) are available at all libraries. The print collection includes Extensive Massachusetts law materials, including MCLEs, Nolo Books, and a variety of federal or general law materials.
Additional InformationThe librarians recommend looking at their law by subject pages and utilizing the online services highlighted above if you are unable to come into the library. Patrons that bring a thumb drive can scan documents right to the drive.

Barnstable Law Library    

Websitehttps://www.mass.gov/locations/barnstable-law-library
Address1st District Courthouse
Barnstable, MA 02630
Phone(508) 362-8539
Emailbarnstablelawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursM-F 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
ParkingFree parking in court complex
Public TransitBarnstable Villager line of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority

Berkshire Law Library

WebsiteWebsite https://www.mass.gov/locations/berkshire-law-library
AddressCourthouse
76 East Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone(413) 442-5059
Emailberkshirelawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursM-F 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
ParkingParking is available in private parking lots and garages. There is limited free and metered on-street parking.
Public TransitBerkshire Regional Transit Authority Routes 1, 2, 4, 5, 11, 12. 14. 15

Bristol Law Library

Websitehttps://www.mass.gov/locations/bristol-law-library
AddressSuperior Courthouse
9 Court Street
Taunton, MA 02780
Phone(508) 824-7632
Emailbristollawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursT, Th and F 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
ParkingFree parking lot between Trescott and Cedar Street. Paid lot at 26 Court Street.
Public TransitGreater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GARTA) Route 7

Brockton Law Library

Websitehttps://www.mass.gov/locations/brockton-law-library
AddressSuperior Courthouse
72 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Phone(508) 586-7110
Emailbrocktonlawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursM-F 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
ParkingFree parking available across the street from the courthouse and
metered parking
Public TransitBrockton Area Transit and Commuter Rail
Middleborough/Lakeville Line
Brockton Station

Essex Law Library

Websitehttps://www.mass.gov/locations/essex-law-library
Address56 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone(978) 741-0674
Emailessexlawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursM-F 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
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.The closest 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

Websitehttps://www.mass.gov/locations/fall-river-law-library
Address186 South Main Street
Fall River, MA 02721
Phone(508) 491-3475
Emailfallriverlawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursM-F 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
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)

Franklin Law Library

Websitehttps://www.mass.gov/locations/franklin-law-library
AddressFranklin County Justice Center
43 Hope Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Phone(413) 775-7482
Emailfranklinlawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursMon. - Fri. 9-12 and 1-3:30
Public TransitFranklin Regional Transit Authority
ParkingThere are various municipal parking lots, on-street metered parking, and the Olive Street Parking Garage.

Hampden Law Library

Websitehttps://www.mass.gov/locations/hampden-law-library
Address50 State Street
Springfield, MA 01102
Phone(413) 748-7923
Emailhampdenlawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursM-F 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
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 is free parking available at the MGM Parking Garage, floors 4-7

Hampshire Law Library

Websitehttps://www.mass.gov/locations/hampshire-law-library
AddressNorthampton Courthouse
99 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone(413) 586-2297
Emailhampshirelawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursM-F 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
ParkingThere is paid metered parking available on the streets, as well as the James House parking lot at 50 Gothic Street and the EJ Gare Parking Garage on Armory Street.
Public TransportPioneer Valley Transit Authority

Lawrence Law Library

Websitehttps://www.mass.gov/locations/lawrence-law-library
Address2 Appleton Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone(978) 687-7608
Emaillawrencelawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursM-F 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
Public TransitMerrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority and Commuter Rail Haverhill Line Lawrence Station
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 https://www.mass.gov/locations/lowell-law-library
AddressLowell Justice Center
370 Jackson Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Phone(978) 452-9301
Emaillowelllawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursM-F 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
ParkingGarages on Chelmsford St. and Middlesex St. and Thorndike/Gallagher St. There is some metered and non-metered on-street parking on the surrounding streets.
Public TransitLowell Regional Transit Authority Route 2 and Commuter Rail Lowell Line Lowell Station

Middlesex Law Library

Websitehttps://www.mass.gov/locations/middlesex-law-library
AddressCourthouse
200 Trade Center, 3rd Fl.
Woburn, MA 01801
Phone(781) 939-2920
Emailmiddlesexlawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursM-F 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
ParkingFree parking available at the courthouse.
Public TransitMBTA 134 Bus

Norfolk Law Library

Websitehttps://www.mass.gov/locations/norfolk-law-library
Address649 High St, Suite 210
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone(781) 329-1401 ext. #2
Emailnorfolklawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursM-F 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
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 TransitMBTA 34E Bus

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
Emailplymouthlawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursM-F 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
ParkingFree parking available at the courthouse.
Public TransitGreater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority Mayflower Link

Worcester Law Library

Websitehttps://www.mass.gov/locations/worcester-law-library
Address184 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone(508) 831-2525
Emailworcesterlawlibrary@jud.state.ma.us
HoursM-F 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
ParkingThere are paid parking lots and garages and metered street parking nearby.
Public TransitCommuter Rail Framingham/ Worcester Line Worcester

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
Emailreference@socialaw.com
HoursMonday-Friday, 8AM - 8PM
Public TransitMBTA Red, Green, Blue, and Orange lines. The Government Center T Stop is the closest to the Library.
ParkingParking is limited. 2-Hour metered parking can be found on
Cambridge St and New Chardon St. The Center Plaza complex has a parking garage. The entrance is on Somerset Street.
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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