Law Library

Main Library – Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:
Wednesday, November 25: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 26: Closed
Friday, November 27: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 28: Closed
Suburban Courthouses are closed Friday, November 27.



The Cook County Law Library serves the legal information needs of the legal profession, judiciary, self-represented litigants, and the public. The Law Library provides an exceptional staff and extensive collection of practical legal materials in print and electronic format.

The Cook County Law Library has a main library in the Daley Center and five branches in the outlying courthouses. Specialized collections include government documents, foreign & international law, and a rich, contemporary and historical federal and state law collection.

Download our revised brochure highlighting our services, hours, and locations. Read the Library’s rules for use.

Timely, authoritative legal resources promote access to justice for all.

Electronic Research

The Law Library offers free onsite public access to the following subscription databases at the main library and branch locations.

  • WestlawNext
    Case law, statutes, administrative codes, and court rules for the federal system, all 50 states and selected U.S. territories. Illinois treatises, jury instructions, jury verdicts and Public Employee Report-Illinois (PERI) available. Extensive collection of treatises on many topics. Also find selected administrative decisions plus jury verdicts & settlements from state and federal courts.
  • Lexis
    Case law, statutes, court rules, administrative codes and decisions for the federal system and all 50 states. Use Shepard’s to verify and check citations.
  • HeinOnline
    A collection of searchable, full-text images that includes over 2000 law journals, ABA and state bar journals, CFR, Federal Register, U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S. Code, U.S. Supreme Court opinions, federal agency decisions, historical state statutes, all state session laws (Illinois: 1809 to present), federal legislative histories, and U.S. treaties.
  • EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center
    Free onsite and remote access to the EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center containing more than 320 full-text publications (including NOLO Press titles). Written in plain English with accompanying administrative and litigation related forms. Select
  • LegalTrac
    Indexes over 900 English-language legal periodicals, legal newspapers, and bar association journals.
  • Foreign Law Guide (main library only)
    Identify sources of foreign law, including complete bibliographic citations to legislation, the existence of English translations and selected references to secondary sources.
  • LLMC Digital
    An image-based collection of legal materials from the 18th century forward. Collection consists of federal and state laws, legislative history, cases, treatises, government documents, and foreign law.
  • National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) – Consumer Law on the Web
    Include full-text NCLC treatises including appendices, eReports (articles) plus extensive collections of pleadings, agency forms and discovery materials.
  • ALM Legal Intelligence
    Includes syndicated surveys & studies on law firm billing, compensation, demographics, staffing, and hiring. Includes current year data and data archives.

WiFi Available at all Library locations. Select Law Library for your wireless connection.

Self-Help Resources

See our Self Help Resources for information about going to court, finding law, and where to get assistance.

CARPLS Hotline Phone available in Law Library, Room 2934 Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Law Library staff is available to assist in using the service.