The Law Library of Louisiana provides services and resources to the judiciary, the bar, and the public. Located in the Louisiana Supreme Court building, the Law Library contains approximately 200,000 volumes in print and microform. The library’s collection development policy is based on the needs of all users, with a heavy emphasis on Louisiana practice materials in civil and criminal law. The vast majority of the library’s holdings are cataloged with the library’s holdings symbol on the records in OCLC. A small percentage of materials held by the library need retrospective cataloging.
The strength of the library’s print collection is enhanced by its legal information resources available online. Westlaw and Lexis Advance offer access to state statutes and codes, cases, jury instructions, Louisiana treatises, and forms. HeinOnline is an ever-expanding resource offering full-text law review articles, current and historical Louisiana acts, session laws of all 50 states, federal regulations and Congressional documents, and international treaties. Gale Legal forms provides a searchable database of Louisiana-specific and general forms. LegalTrac, also a Gale product, is an indexing database for legal articles dating back to 1980 and includes some full text.
United States Law
The Law Library collects practice materials and treatises for most areas of United States law, including:
Louisiana Legal Materials
The Law Library’s holdings in Louisiana law are comprehensive and rich. Holdings include:
The Law Library’s Special Collections include a variety of legal and historical materials. The Law Library has a comprehensive collection of historical Louisiana acts and Louisiana Supreme Court reports. Many of the volumes in Special Collections have been held by the library for over a century. Highlights include:
The Law Library has extensive holdings in Roman civil law, French commentaries on the civil law, Spanish civil law, and English law. Highlights include:
The Law Library’s microforms holdings include: