Library Policies and Guidelines

Collection Development (PDF)
Adopted unanimously by the Library Committee, November 8, 2005 and amended by the Library Committee, November 16, 2011

The Library is always pleased to consider inquiries regarding the donations of books and other materials appropriate for its collections. While we are grateful for such offers, the Library has limited storage capacity, which necessitates some prioritization.

Email Reference (PDF)
In conjunction with the Maryland Judiciary's "What Can I Do to Help You?" initiative, the Library is standardizing reference services to address the distinction between the provision of legal information and the unauthorized practice of law. These Guidelines adhere to ethical requirements related to the practice of law, while emphasizing the need to provide Library users with in-depth reference service in order to make the most complete use of the Library's collections.

Guidelines for Legal Information Service to the Public
These guidelines define the optimum level of information assistance and access to legal materials that may be provided by library reference staff to non-lawyer users of the Thurgood Marshall State Law Library. Adopted by the Library Committee, May 6, 1991.

Meeting Rooms
Due to its physical layout and shelving requirements, the Library does not have meeting rooms available for the public to reserve. Library patrons are welcome to use the tables and books in the Library's conference room for their research needs, with the expectation that other researchers may do the same.

Patron Rules of Conduct (PDF)
Adopted by the Library Committee, June 7, 2016.

Assistance with Special Needs
Library patrons needing assistance with special needs may wish to review the Maryland Judiciary's webpage, Assistance with Special Needs, for information on requesting accommodation.

Record Retention and Disposal Schedule (PDF)
Approved by the Library Director on June 24, 2011 and authorized by the State Archivist on July 6, 2011.

Web Site Terms of Use
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