Reference Services

Library Services

Reference Services
Librarians trained in legal research are available to assist you in the use and location of the library's resources and services. However, the Law Library staff is not permitted by law to give legal advice or do legal research for you.

The following summary briefly describes our policy on the delivery of legal information to the public:
What we can't do:
  • Give legal advice
  • Interpret statutes, cases or regulations
  • Answer telephone inquiries seeking legal information
  • State opinions on legal issues
  • Choose language for forms
  • Select specific forms
What we can do:
  • Direct public to sources of law and forms
  • Instruct in usage of legal materials
  • Locate informative reading materials
  • Make referrals

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Referral & Legal Services
If you wish to consult an attorney, you may contact one of the following:
  • Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania - Legal Aid is for individuals who cannot afford an attorney and need assistance with housing, consumer issues, bankruptcy, protection from abuse, or access to welfare,social security or unemployment benefits
    625 Swede Street, Norristown
    Ph: 610-275-5400
    Legal Helpline
    Ph: 1-877-429-5334
  • Montgomery Bar Association
    Legal Access Project - For those who do not qualify for Legal Aid
    Ph: 1-800-560-LAW1
  • Montgomery Bar Association - Lawyer Referral Service
    Ph: 610-279-9660 ext. 201

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The Collection
  • Case Reporters - Covering decisions of all state appellate courts, federal administrative agencies, federal appellate and district courts, and the United States Supreme Court.
  • Directories - Covering a variety of frequently requested topics.
  • Encyclopedias - Providing a more concise discussion of legal topics than treatises.
  • Form Books - Providing selected federal and state forms on such topics as change of name, divorce, custody, and appeals.
  • Government Documents - Detailing proposed and enacted statutes and regulations of the Pennsylvania legislature.
  • Internet Access - Lexis, Westlaw, Shepard's Citations, and LoisLaw are available for searching at no cost. Our standard photocopy rates apply to any print requests.
  • Legal Periodicals - Covering items of current interest.
  • Municipal Ordinances - Containing the adopted (and often the proposed) ordinances for all of the townships and boroughs of Montgomery County.
  • Regulations - For Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the federal government.
  • Statutes - Federal laws as well as the laws of Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
  • Treatises - Discussing hundreds of subjects ranging from Administrative Law to Zoning.

Library materials may be photocopied at the rate of $0.25 per page. Photocopy debit cards are available for as little as $5 for 20 copies.

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The Catalog
The library collection is accessible through a computer that serves as an index. The library's automated catalog contains an entry for every item in the collection. Patrons can search by: Keywords, Author, Title, Subject, Call Number, Series or ISBN.
As it was several years out of date, the old card catalog has been discarded.If you need help finding materials, or would like a demonstration of using the computer catalog, a Library staff member will be happy to show you.

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