Chicago, IL 60602
The Law Library offers on-site public access to electronic resources like Westlaw, Lexis and HeinOnline, which helps expand access to Illinois practice materials such as law reviews, journals and out-of-state primary law resources. The Daley Center location also has a wide variety of historical and international materials. Free public Wi-Fi is available at all locations.
Legal research guides on specific topics can be found on the right side of this page, under Additional Information and under Downloads. The guides are updated on a regular basis but are for information only and do not constitute an endorsement by the Cook County Law Library. Please independently verify the accuracy and currency of all information.
Reference law librarians can assist in locating materials to help with your legal problem or issue, help develop research strategies and explain how to use our print materials and the electronic legal databases available in the library. However, librarians cannot give legal advice or a legal opinion of any type, including opinions as to the applicability of a particular case or law to a particular problem or advice regarding the drafting of legal documents.
On-site use of materials in the Law Library is free to all residents. In addition to legal research assistance, the library provides the following services:
Printing, copying and scanning costs 15¢ per page. Copies from digital microform readers are 20¢ per page.
Coin changing machines are available and Access Services staff can make change for bills of $20 or less.
Library resources are available to all visitors for on-site use. Borrowing privileges are subject to the Law Library Borrowing Rules as laid out in the Cook County Code of Ordinances, summarized below.
Library cards are available to patrons who qualify under one of the following categories:
Library card applications are available at the Daley Center Main Library Access Services desk.
Attorneys must present a copy of a current Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) card and current Illinois driver's license, state ID or Cook County Sheriff Attorney ID card with their application for an attorney card. Application for employee cards also require a copy of the attorney's ARDC card. Government officials must submit a current photo ID issued by their employer. Resident borrowers must present a current Illinois driver's license, state ID or Matricula Consular showing a Cook County address.
There is a $12 charge for replacing a lost library card.
You can find out if the library has a specific resource or find out what we have on your subject by searching our catalog. You can access our catalog 24/7 from your computer, tablet or phone. Search by:
We are in the process of adding records to our catalog for law reviews and journals available through HeinOnline. To find out if we subscribe to a specific journal, check the list of HeinOnline Law Journal Library titles. Access to HeinOnline is only available on-site.
The Law Library offers free public access to the following subscription databases at the main library and branch locations. All resources are available only while in the library.
WestlawNext - Provides information on case law, statutes, administrative codes and court rules for the federal system in all 50 states and selected U.S. territories. Illinois treatises, jury instructions, jury verdicts and Public Employee Report-Illinois (PERI) are also available. Extensive collection of treatises on many topics. Selected administrative decisions plus jury verdicts and settlements from state and federal courts are also available.