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Library Resources
The library is home to an extensive collection of law books, dictionaries and thesauri, and handbooks of court rules and regulations.

The collection includes the following Massachusetts sources:
  • Massachusetts General Laws (online)
  • The Code of Massachusetts Regulations (online)
  • Massachusetts Practice series
  • Massachusetts Reports (to volume 409)
  • The Massachusetts Decisions Reported in the Northeast Reporter
  • West's Massachusetts Digest (through 2010)
  • Acts and Resolves of Massachusetts (through 2005) (online)
  • Access to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Federal sources include:
  • United States Supreme Court Reports Lawyer's Edition
  • U.S. Code annotated (online)
  • U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News
  • American Jurisprudence

Web Resources



  • How Do I Find a Lawyer?
    Before hiring a attorney, find out the best way to choose one.
  • FindLaw
    The world's leading provider of online legal information. From Thomson Reuters.
  • NOLO
    Find legal forms, both personal and business related, and lawyers on
  • The Forum for Massachusetts Law
    Provides articles, member attorney listings, "submit a question" feature and general resources.
  • MassLegalHelp
    Provides practical information about legal rights.
  • Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
    Have a complicated legal question? Ask a law librarian! Check out legal materials, search specialized databases, and obtain documents by email. Need to visit a law library in person? The closest ones are the Norfolk Law Library in Dedham or the Brockton Law Library.
  • Massachusetts Offices & Records
    See Massachusetts court, jail, prison, police department, sheriff, and district attorney public records, including arrest records, court records, criminal records, inmate records, jail records, police records, and warrant searches.

Legal Services

  • Free Legal Clinics - Norfolk County
    Dates for upcoming clinics at Quincy and Dedham District Courts.
  • Mass Legal Answers Online
    Low income Massachusetts residents can create an account on the secure website, then log in and post their legal questions. Volunteer lawyers answer the questions through the same website. This service is free, and all information is confidential.
  • Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder
    Users enter their town or zip code and income and select the issue they need help with - the search results include contact information for legal aid programs, government agencies and hotlines, court programs and links to online legal information.
  • Law Help Interactive
    Creates legal forms and documents for users based on a series of questions and answers used to tailor their documents. The forms are free of cost and created by nonprofit legal aid programs and courts.
  • Lawyer Referral Service
    This service is a project of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, an organization dedicated to using law for social justice. All of their attorneys have chosen to be part of this service to provide quality legal representation to Massachusetts residents, especially those with low and moderate incomes. Referrals are free.
  • Mass Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
    Find a lawyer online or by phone. There is no cost to utilize LRS, but referrals are made to fee-charging attorneys, who may charge you no more than $25 for the initial half-hour consultation.
  • Lawyer Directory from Martindale
    Browse lawyers & law firms by practice area, and read client/peer reivews.
  • Massachusetts Bar Association: Lawyer Referral Service
    Looking for assistance with a legal question? Use this service to find the right attorney to answer your questions and help resolve your legal problems.
  • Dial-A-Lawyer
    Since March 1991, the Massachusetts Bar Association has sponsored a monthly Dial-A-Lawyer program encouraging members of the public to call with their legal problems and questions. This program was created in order to assist the people of Massachusetts that have fallen through the cracks of the legal and criminal justice system. To use Dial-A-Lawyer, call (617) 338-0610 or (877) 686-0711 on the first Wednesday of the month between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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