Community Q&A

April 10, 2005

THE QUESTION: CAN I USE THE BOOKS AND MATERIALS IN THE COUNTY'S LAW LIBRARY?

Yes. It is a public library devoted to the law, with some 20,000 legal volumes, computer discs, Internet access and a self-help collection.

It is not a lending library. But visitors can sit and read, copy case law, download sample forms and more. There is no charge to use public computers, but there are nominal fees for copying. Librarians can help non-lawyers find information.

Lawyers and law clerks are the most typical visitors on an average day. And the library tends to be as hushed as the "quiet rooms" in public libraries, with patrons asked to silence their cell phones.

The library is on the third floor of the Court House, 7 Church Circle in Annapolis. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information: 410-222-1387.

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