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Law Library Overview

Current Status: Open

The Law Library/Civil Self-Help Center is now open. Limited legal research materials are available, including the self-help page. Visit the COVID-19 Resource Center for help with civil matters during the pandemic.

The Law Library is staffed by three professional law librarians, and two library assistants trained to be knowledgeable about legal information sources. Librarians may also assist with Internet research questions.

Catalogs and Maps

The Law Library has an online catalog to assist you in locating materials. User guides for the online catalog are available next to the catalog terminal. A map of the collection is available by the Reference Desk.

Computer-Assisted Legal Research

The Law Library has four computer terminals dedicated to Internet legal research. The Library currently subscribes to Westlaw and selected Lexis legal research databases. Our electronic resources may be accessed only from the Library terminals.

You must sign up at the Reference Desk and leave a photo ID to use a terminal. Further details on accessible databases is available at the Law Library's Reference Desk.

Publications

The 2017 spring and summer edition of Pro Libris, the Law Library's newsletter, is now available. Print copies are available in the Law Library at the Reference Desk.

 

Collections

Audio/Visual Equipment

Non-Military Affidavit

When submitting default requests or petitions to the Court, Federal law requires submitting a Certificate of Active Duty Status along with the request. The Federal website requires the birthdate or Social Security number of the non-responsive party to generate the certificate. Also include the first name in the search form. It is not required for the search, but it is required by this Court for the certificate or affidavit to be accepted.

Download a Request for Order of Default form from the Maryland Courts website.

Library Rules

  • All patrons are required to be respectful of other library users.
  • The Library is for Legal Research purposes only.
  • Material does not leave the library.
  • Food and drinks should be in sealed containers.
  • Patrons must refrain from loud or excessive talking or otherwise disturbing other people.
  • Books may not be taken from the library.
  • Cellular phone use is permitted as long as that use does not disturb other people.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Copy machines and computers are turned off 10 minutes before closing.
  • Library staff reserve the right to eject people abusing library resources or disrupting or threatening other people.
  • Student Use Policy

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Contact Us

Law Library

County Courts Building
Second Floor
401 Bosley Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Law Library is closed on weekends and Court holidays.

Email

Library and Civil Self-Help:
baltcocivilselfhelp@mdcourts.gov

Family Law Self-Help:
baltcoselfhelp@mdcourts.gov

Phone

Library and Civil Self-Help:
410-887-3086

Family Law Self-Help:
410-887-3446

Family Law Appointments

Chief Administrative Judge

Ruth Ann Jakubowski

 
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