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The Lincoln M. Grant case and the power of books Posted on Jun 30

The Lincoln M. Grant case and the power of books

Several years ago, a woman came into our library with a question that only a book could answer.  She had heard a rumor that a murder was committed on or near her property in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, many years ago, and she didn’t know if the building where   …Continue Reading The Lincoln M. Grant case and the power of books

200 Years of Free Legal Information Posted on Apr 2

200 Years of Free Legal Information

Enjoy the Trial Court Law Libraries’ commemorative book, 200 Years of Free Legal Information: From County Law Libraries in Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries, available on the web at http://www.mass.gov/courts/docs/lawlib/mtcll200.pdf.

Happy 200th Birthday, Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries! Posted on Mar 2

Happy 200th Birthday, Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries!

March 2, 2015 is the 200th anniversary of “An Act authorizing the establishment of Law Libraries” in Massachusetts. The Trial Court Law Libraries are celebrating their birthday with a number of events on March 2 in the libraries and the publication of “200 Years of   …Continue Reading Happy 200th Birthday, Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries!

200th Anniversary Celebration of the Establishment of Massachusetts Public Law Libraries Posted on Feb 18

200th Anniversary Celebration of the Establishment of Massachusetts Public Law Libraries

  An Act approving the establishment of law libraries by lawyers in each county was approved by Governor Caleb Strong on March 2, 1815.  Beginning in 1842, these law libraries were open to the public.  For 200 years the libraries have provided access to the   …Continue Reading 200th Anniversary Celebration of the Establishment of Massachusetts Public Law Libraries

Cases on the Road Posted on Dec 23

Cases on the Road

The Law Libraries travel with you.  Access cases wherever you go through our website.  Use our links to read cases from the SJC, Appeals Court,  District Court Appellate Division, and Land Court.  You can also find docket information for the SJC, Appeals Court, Land Court,   …Continue Reading Cases on the Road

Past Cases Predict Future Outcomes Posted on Dec 12

Past Cases Predict Future Outcomes

Browsing through one’s books at home can bring reminders of people, places and projects.  A travel book evokes memories of having taken a wonderful trip, or reflects a hoped-for adventure.  We may remember the loved one who gave a special book as a gift.  We may have books on our   …Continue Reading Past Cases Predict Future Outcomes

At Your Service: The Evolution of Law Libraries Posted on Dec 2

“In the ‘new normal,’ there are two things libraries should view as their primary stock in trade; special collections and service.” So said Tracy Thompson, Executive Director of NELLCO, an international consortium of law libraries, at last fall’s meeting of LLNE, Law Libraries of New   …Continue Reading At Your Service: The Evolution of Law Libraries

Open Access to Law Review Articles Posted on Dec 1

In 2008, the “Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship” was crafted by the Directors of twelve of our countries’ leading academic Law Libraries. The statement was a “call for all law schools to stop publishing their journals in print format and to rely   …Continue Reading Open Access to Law Review Articles

Appellate Court Libraries and State Law Libraries Standards Posted on Mar 28

“Access to Justice is a fundamental right of every citizen of the United States. Legal information is an essential element of this right. Law libraries are integral to the administration of justice as providers of legal resources. Each state law library and appellate court library   …Continue Reading Appellate Court Libraries and State Law Libraries Standards

Renew your own books using our online catalog Posted on Feb 7

Do you forget when your books are due? Do you forget to renew your books?  Do you want to avoid receiving email or mailed overdue notices, or worse, having your borrowing privileges suspended? If you are a person who forgets due dates, sign up to   …Continue Reading Renew your own books using our online catalog