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April 18, 2010

Love Your Library Card: Checkout Your Library

I love being able to check out books and other materials. So this Love Your Library Card post is dedicated to exploring our collection.

Check out our comprehensive collection of materials, designed to serve current legal research needs. Popular resources include the Wisconsin State Bar "brown books", National Business Institute seminar materials, and the Nolo and Nutshell series. And don't forget our wide general treatise collection, periodicals, and resources for other states.

These are just a taste of what we have to offer:

Media Collection

The Media Collection has trial practice materials on family law, estate planning, real estate, business law, and other legal areas, in audio and video formats. Check out CLE seminars from the State Bar of Wisconsin and National Business Institute along with instructional materials from the American Bar Association and other legal training sources.

Drug Court Collection @ DCLRC

Designed for pro se litigants, attorneys, advocates, and court staff, the Dane County Legal Resource Center's drug court collection contains both legal and medical books as well as resources on rehabilitation, drug court operation manuals, memoirs, judicial education materials, and medical dictionaries.

Court and Judicial Administration

Check out seminar materials produced by the Wisconsin Court System's Office of Judicial Education. Find State Justice Institute reports on a wide variety of court-related topics. We also collect publications from the National Center for State Courts.

Federal Government Documents

Discover government documents that complement and supplement the library's other collections. We collect annual reports, laws, decisions, regulations, selected handbooks, manuals and general publications of various legislative, judicial and executive branch agencies.

Prose & Cons

Looking for something a little lighter to read? The Library has a collection of donated legal fiction and DVDs relating to courts and the criminal justice system.

Many Ways to Explore

To begin: Search the Catalog. Be sure to check out our monthly New Titles lists and newsletter articles highlighting the collection, like this one on the Prose & Cons and Management collections.

And even if you can't check out everything in the library, it's worth exploring our Rare Books and other archival collections.

Wisconsin State Law Library cards are unique to our libraries. If you already have a card from your public library or another law library, you'll need one of our cards in order to borrow books from any of our three locations, or to take advantage of remote access to great databases, like LegalTrac and HeinOnline.

If you're eligible for a free library card, visit any one of our three locations to register in person - it takes just a few minutes. Or, to receive your card by mail, simply fill out our online application. To find out if you are eligible for a library card, check our borrower page.

Check out what the Wisconsin State Law Library has to offer!

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