The State Law Library, a division of the Library of Michigan, is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. State government employees and the general public alike are welcome to come and make use of our print and electronic resources, and our staff can demonstrate how to use these materials effectively. We can also assist you by phone or email in navigating state websites or by suggesting resources to help locate legal or legislative information. We do not perform research for the general public, however, as our primary function is to provide research support to state government employees working in their official capacities.
Moreover, as librarians, we cannot provide advice or guidance on legal matters, explain whether something is "legal" or otherwise interpret the law, nor speak for or on behalf of another government agency. Those seeking legal help should contact a private attorney or legal assistance organization - for more information, see the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) Legal Gateway.
• Contact Information for the Law Library
• State Law Library Research Services for State of Michigan Employees
• State Law Library Research Request Form for State of Michigan Employees
• Document Delivery Information for non-State Employees
Links to Legal and Government Information
Finding Legal Resources Around the State
• Locating the Law: A Handbook for Non-Law Librarians in Michigan
As a follow-up to the training series, Michigan Legal Help: How the Public Librarian Can Assist Those Representing Themselves in Court held in the Spring and Fall of 2013, the Legal Reference Roundtable is now completing chapters in what will eventually become a research handbook focusing on Michigan law. Included are chapters on legal information v advice, helping the self-represented litigant at the public library, Michigan and federal resources and maintaining a collection of legal materials in the public library. Chapters will be added to the State Law Library website as completed.
The MLH programs, webinars and manual are made possible through a grant from the Michigan State Bar Foundation and administrative and technical support from the Library of Michigan and Library of Michigan Foundation. For questions about the Michigan Legal Help program, please contact the State Law Library or visit the Michigan Legal Help website.
• Directory of Michigan Law Libraries Libraries in the Upper Peninsula Libraries, Northern Part Of The Lower Peninsula, Southeastern Part Of The Lower Peninsula, South Central Part Of The Lower Peninsula, Southwestern Part Of The Lower Peninsula
• MeL Legal Gateway An excellent starting point for legal research! Access local, state and federal laws and regulations. Find information about common legal concerns such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, and landlord/tenant issues. Discover where to get legal aid and aids for deciphering "legalese" including legal self-help guides.
• Michigan Legal Help The Michigan Legal Help website was created to help people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. There are articles you can read to learn about a specific area of the law and toolkits to help you prepare to represent yourself in court. It is not a substitute for having a lawyer. If you need more help, you can search the website for a lawyer or community services in your area.