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COVID-19 Update

The Minnesota State Law Library is currently open to visitors. We are also assisting patrons with reference questions remotely by phone at (651) 297-7651 or by email at For more information about COVID-19, library services, and legal impacts, visit our COVID-19 Resources Guide.


The Minnesota State Law Library provides statewide legal reference service and research support to the bench, bar, state government, and public.

Reference & Research Services

Our librarians can assist you by:

  • locating legal materials - including electronic resources
  • suggesting research strategies and resources
  • providing document delivery by email
  • locating Minnesota appellate briefs
  • checking out books and other library material
  • providing orientation sessions

Library Databases

Find a Legal Treatise

Library Collection

Our print collection includes: 

  • State (all 50) and federal law
  • Major treatises & Restatements
  • Legal periodicals
  • Legal practice manuals and CLEs
  • Items incorporated by reference in the Minnesota Rules
  • Major newspapers from ProQuest
  • Business, academic and general interest magazines from EBSCO
  • Selected federal publications
  • Formbooks
  • Minnesota Ordinances
  • Minnesota Appellate Opinions (1996 to present)
  • Minnesota Appellate Briefs



In our positions as librarians, not lawyers, we can suggest resources but cannot give legal advice (such as which form to file) or legal opinions (such as how a statute might apply to particular facts). To do so could be considered the unauthorized practice of law. Even though we try to suggest materials that will be of help, more research is often required to find a complete and correct answer. For many questions, the best answer may be to consult an attorney.