The Law Library of Louisiana provides free access to all of the databases below in the Supreme Court building at 400 Royal Street. The databases can be accessed at our catalog. They are not available outside of our building, but many of these databases may be available at your local library.
***ALERT! Due to the library's closure to the public during the COVID19 pandemic, Lexis-Nexis, Thomson Reuters/Westlaw, and FastCase are offering FREE ACCESS to the library's Lexis Advance, Lexis Digital Library, Westlaw Edge, and FastCase subscriptions for our public patrons.
Click here to create your FREE temporary user ID for Lexis Advance. (ID generated within one (1) business day). If you need help creating the ID, view instructions here. The ID will work for 30 days. This ID allows you to conduct research on cases and codes only. If your research requires secondary materials currently part of our LexisNexis subscription for library terminals, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-310-2400 for further assistance.
Click here and enter your email address for your FREE temporary access to Westlaw Edge. Your access will be for 20 hours over 14 days. The email address you use to sign up cannot have been used for free trials in the past. You must select "Government - State or Local" in the "Organization Type" field. If you need further help, view instructions here.
Click here and enter login "lalibrary" and password "fastcase" (no quotation marks) to access FREE FastCase. The Law Library of Louisiana has worked with Fastcase to provide access to legal research for members of the public. Traditionally, this access would be available within terminal access inside of the library. While our community faces the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, access will be provided in a remote environment.
For access to the Lexis Digital Library, contact the library at email@example.com to have an account created for you.
Don't hesitate to contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-310-2400 if you need further assistance.***
Free access to federal and state primary law materials including statutes and cases.
Gale Legal Forms
Search Louisiana-specific forms covering many popular legal topics. Although we make these forms available to the general public, the library staff is prohibited from choosing or suggesting particular forms for use. Furthermore, library staff cannot help patrons fill out the forms as we are not practicing attorneys.
Find full-text law review articles, Louisiana Acts, the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations from their inception to the present, session laws from all fifty U.S. states, treaties and agreements, U.S. Attorney General opinions from 1791 through 1982, U.S. Congressional documents, U.S. Presidential Library, U.S. Supreme Court Library, and state historical statutes.
Research partial full-text database with legal articles from 1980 to the present.
Free access to federal and state statutes and cases, jury instructions, court rules, regulatory codes, state Attorney General opinions, treatises, and the Shepard’s Citations Service.
LexisNexis Digital Library
Free access to thousands of volumes of Matthew Bender Elite legal treaties, statutes, and popular deskbooks in easy-to-use eBook formats.
Louisiana Historical Newspapers
Explore full-text articles in historical Louisiana newspapers like The Times-Picayune, The Daily Picayune, The Advocate, and other Louisiana newspapers from 1790-1989.
19th Century U.S. Historical Newspapers
Pre-1900 full text articles in historical U.S. newspapers.
Review U.S. congressional publications, legislative histories, member biographies, committee assignments, voting records, and financial data; and the full text of key regulatory and statutory resources dating back to the 1800s.
Thomson Reuters Westlaw
Free access to federal and state statutes (present and historical) and cases, jury instructions, court rules, regulatory codes, state Attorney General opinions, treatises, KeyCite citation service, and many pleading and practice forms.