Research Tools

Library staff has developed a variety of useful internet links, collection guides and bibliographies to assist you in finding information both in the physical library and on the web. Additionally, the Library manages the People's Law Library website, an award-winning resource providing easy-to-use, basic information about the law and access to legal services.

Gateway to Maryland Law

The Library provides links to free Gateway to Maryland Law including:

  • Maryland Appellate Court Opinions
  • Maryland Code and Rules of Procedure
  • Maryland County & Municipal web sites
  • COMAR and the Maryland Register

Library Catalog

The Library catalog includes all print materials available at the Library as well as links to digital content. Some digital content is only available at the library but many sources are available free.

Library Collections

The Library has a comprehensive and extensive Maryland Law collection as well as one of the largest Anglo-American legal collections in Maryland. The library's state publications and federal documents collections includes an array of Maryland legislative task force and commission reports. The library also has a growing collection of scanned Maryland materials. Library visitors will discover the gems of the library's substantial holdings in its Special Collections Room.


Legal databases are available to all patrons at the Library. The Library offers free access to LexisNexis collections of state codes and case law for all 50 states and the Federal government. The library also has databases to search for legal periodicals.

Journal and Law Review Portal

The Library's Journal and Law Review Portal provides a quick way to check where a journal is available from the numerous Library databases as well as our print collection.

Research Guides

The Library offers research guides to assist with legal research. Guides are available on special topics, legal citations, legislative history and COMAR.