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Howard County Public Law
The Howard County Public Law Library is located in the Circuit Court building and is open to the public
Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 am– 4:30 pm. The Law Library is closed on court holidays. Free parking is available.
Law Librarian: Sandy Brewer
The Howard County Public Law Library serves the law-related research and information needs of the judiciary and the public. The Law Library 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.
Telephone, email or fax reference services are limited to short, specific reference and information questions, referrals and/or suggestions of sources.
Library Resources and Services
The Online Catalog may be viewed from any computer with Internet access. All holdings of the Law Library are listed. The format of the catalog has been designed to acquaint our patrons with the collection of print legal resources available for public use.
To begin your search, go to the Online Catalog and enter a keyword or words in the search box. You may search by title or subject.
Please contact the law librarian with any questions regarding the catalog.
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. Note: There are no ready made forms in the library that can be filled out for filing with the court.
See Do-It-Yourself titles, a collection of books written specifically for self-represented litigants.
Internet Legal Research
There are a variety of legal resources available on the Internet. The Law Library offers its visitors public access Internet terminals for legal research and writing purposes. We are pleased to provide on-site access to Westlaw for legal research, SASI-CALC for child support calculations and MS Word for writing purposes.
Westlaw 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.
View the Law Library’s Westlaw Content.
Other Useful Links
All printouts are 20 cents per page.
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.
All photocopies are 20 cents per page. The Law Library accepts cash or check.
Legal Assistance Programs/Pro Bono Services
Ask a Lawyer
The Circuit Court for Howard County offers two programs where attorneys volunteer to provide free legal advice to low to moderate income self-represented litigants. At these clinics you can consult one-on-one with an attorney. However, the attorneys will not represent you in court.
The Law Library, in partnership with the Howard County Public 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 Self-help Center.
For more information, see the Family Law Assistance Program.