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Department of Corrections Inmates

Inmates under Department of Corrections jurisdiction, regardless of location, are served by our Law Library Service to Prisoners program. Librarians visit each prison once per month. In addition, inmates may call the librarians at 651-297-4969 or write to them at LLSP, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul MN 55155. There is no cost to the inmate, although they are limited to 80 pages, or 8 items, per 2 week period. 

Under an Inter-Agency Agreement with the Minnesota Department of Corrections, the Outreach Services Department of the Minnesota State Law Library (MSLL) provides law library service to inmates incarcerated in Minnesota. Circuit-riding prison law librarians, based at MSLL, conduct regularly scheduled visits to eight adult correctional facilities to meet with inmates. Questions that cannot be answered on-site using the prison collections of core legal materials are researched at MSLL. Inmates can write or call for legal information between visits. 

Non-Department of Corrections Inmates

We provides services to inmates in county jails, state hospitals, and regional treatment centers. Our reference librarians will provide legal information to these inmates under our normal copy policy: The staff of the Library will photocopy and mail materials. The cost is 25 cents per page ($3.00 minimum), plus first-class postage, up to 100 pages per week. Limited exceptions to this policy may be made with the approval of the Head of Public Services or State Law Librarian. The library accepts written requests only. Inmates may be referred to the local county law library if that library already provides services to the jail.