Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions at the Law Library. 

Q: Is the State Law Library open to the public?

A: Yes, the State Law Library is open to the public who are engaged in reading, studying, or using library materials or services. Children must be supervised by an adult.

Q: What computer resources do you provide?

A: The State Law Library has 6 public computer workstations. Each includes access to the internet and legal research applications. 

Q: Can I bring my laptop and get access to the internet?

A: Yes, the State Law Library provides WiFi that you can access from your laptop.

Q: Can I print from my laptop to one of your public printers?

A: No, the State Law Library does not currently have wireless printing set up. Files may be stored on a portable memory device, such as a flash drive, and transferred to a public computer for printing.

Q: What does it cost to print or make copies?

A: The State Law Library charges $0.10/page to print or make photocopies at the library. However, scanning and emailing yourself a copy doesn't cost anything.

Q: Is there a place I can meet with a client?

A: The State Law Library has a number of briefing rooms which are available for use. Ask about them at the front desk.

Q: Who can check out library materials?

A: The following individuals are eligible for a library card and may borrow materials from our libraries:

  • Current Montana State Bar members
  • Government employees (state, federal, or local)
  • Approved organization staff
  • Academic faculty or staff

Q: If I am a member of the general public, can I still access and use library resources?

A: Yes, you are welcome to visit the library in person to use our materials or database for free. You may also ask a question of our legal reference staff or ask your local public library to borrow materials on your behalf through their interlibrary loan service.

Q: Can we get one card for the law firm?

A: No, the State Law Library prefers to issues cards to individual borrowers.

Q: Can you provide legal advice?

Q: Can you recommend an attorney?

A: Library staff does not recommend the services of a specific attorney or law firm. The State Bar of Montana's Lawyer Referral Service is a good place to start.

Q: Can someone help me understand what I'm reading?

A: Library staff cannot interpret the law or determine whether or how a law applies to a particular situation. We can help you find other resources that might provide more information.

Q: I am representing myself in court, can you help me?

A: Library staff can provide legal reference services and research assistance but cannot assist you with handling your case nor can they give you legal advice. One way that we provide assistance is through the court's self-help forms, which are designed to direct you to resources that you can consult on your own as you research and prepare your case.

Q: Can you help me find a form? Can you help me fill out a form?

A: If you know which form you need, we can help you locate it. Library staff cannot determine which form(s) you need or help you fill out forms. We can refer you to the court's self-help program here at the library.

Q: Do you have a notary on staff?

A: Yes, the State Law Library does have a notary. Please call ahead before visiting us.

Q: Can I get a tour of the library?

A: Yes, we would be happy to show you around the State Law Library. Library tours for both individuals and groups are generally scheduled by appointment. Please contact us for more information.

Q: Does the library accept donations?

A: Yes, the State Law Library appreciates gifts and may accept donations of useful materials with the understanding that the State Law Librarian is free to use the gifts in the most beneficial or effective way to the library.

Q: Do you accept book suggestions?

A: Yes, we accept book suggestions. Please contact us by phone or email and suggest a title.