Law Library and Legal Resource Center

The Circuit Court for Howard County Family Law Assistance Program and Civil Law Center is open by appointment only. Please contact the law librarian to make an appointment. Contact information is below.

The Circuit Court for Howard County Law Library and Legal Resource Center is located in the Circuit Court building and is open to the public Mondays – Fridays, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. The Law Library and Legal Resource Center is closed on court holidays

The Law Library and Legal Resource Center serves the law-related research and information needs of the judiciary and the public. The Law Library and Legal Resource Center provides access to local, state and federal legal resources in a variety of formats, including traditional print and online resources. The Law Library is a non-circulating library.

Reference services include research and instruction in the choice and use of legal information resources. The Law Librarian cannot interpret legal material, give legal advice or recommend language for use on legal documents.

Research at Your Fingertips

The Library is open for in-person use without prescheduled appointments.

Library computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Library offers visitors six public access Internet terminals for legal research and writing purposes.  We are pleased to provide on-site access to WestlawNext for legal research, SASI-CALC for child support calculations, Microsoft Word, and scanners for electronic filing. 

WestlawNext is an online legal database that provides access to cases and statutes for all fifty states and a broad range of secondary sources, primarily Maryland law.

SASI-CALC is an online Maryland child support calculator with up-to-date state law changes to determine child support as used by Courts.

The internet is accessible via the Circuit Courthouse’s Wi-Fi. 

Legal Assistance Programs/Pro Bono Services

Law Book and Gavel
Ask a Lawyer

The Circuit Court for Howard County offers two in-person programs where attorneys volunteer to provide free legal advice to low to moderate income self-represented litigants. The Civil Law Center and the Family Law Assistance Program are designed to provide free legal assistance to low-income self-represented litigants. At these clinics, you can consult one-on-one with an attorney - for about twenty to thirty minutes.

The Law Library, in partnership with the Howard County Library System, offers evening hours for the Circuit Court’s legal assistance programs. Please contact the law librarian with any questions about the Civil Law Self-Help Center and/or the Family Law Assistance Program.

For more information, see the Civil Law Center.

For more information, see the Family Law Assistance Program.

Library Resources

Library Bookshelves
Court Forms - Text Collection

Included in the text collection are books that contain sample forms. These forms can be copied and then adapted by the patron to suit his or her situation.

Internet Legal Research

There are a variety of legal resources available on the Internet. The Law Library and Legal Resource Center offers visitors six public access Internet terminals for legal research and writing purposes. We are pleased to provide on-site access to WestlawNext for legal research, SASI-CALC for child support calculations, Microsoft Word and scanners for electronic filing.

WestlawNext is an online legal database that provides access to cases and statutes for all fifty states and a broad range of secondary sources, primarily Maryland law.

SASI-CALC is an online Maryland child support calculator with up-to-date state law changes to determine child support as used by Courts.

Do-It-Yourself Resources

See Do-It-Yourself titles, a collection of books written specifically for self-represented litigants.

Library Resources for Attorneys

Maryland Courts Self-Help Centers
Free legal help with your civil
or family matter

Self-Help Center

410-260-1392
8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Friday

Other Useful Links

Copy/Printing

Users should be aware that the printing and downloading of certain material may be subject to the Copyright and related laws in Title 17 of the United States Code.