Wisconsin Law Library
Have you ever wondered about why certain laws exist? If you are into Wisconsin state history, or if you want to find more about certain laws and how they passed, the Wisconsin Law Library can ease your curiosity. The Wisconsin State Law Library covers everything you need to know about the most important legal topics.
Searching the Library
If you do not have anything specific in mind, you can use the State Law Library’s “Search” function, which will allow you access down many different avenues, including:
- The judicial council
- Court records
- New titles lists
- Library catalogs
- Special collections
Offering visitors a never-ending plethora of legal history, you can learn everything there is to know about your state’s laws, in addition to federal court information. The contents of the library include information on and decisions developed by:
- The court system
- Circuit courts
- Court of appeals
- The Supreme Court
- Federal Courts located in Wisconsin
- Executive branch
- Legislative branch
- State government
- Local government
- The State bar
The Learning Center
If you have a thirst for legal knowledge that needs quenching, the Wisconsin State Law Library can provide you with much more than just Frequently Asked Questions. Here, you’ll find:
- Legal research guides
- “Start Here” guides
Visitors of the Wisconsin State Law Library are members of this educational portal. If you’re interested in more than just research, you can:
- Ask a librarian – Although librarians cannot provide legal advice, they can help you find whatever it is that you are looking for.
- Get a library card – You can obtain a library card in order to access databases that include HeinOnline. You can also request items using an interlibrary loan system and borrow materials at one of the library locations.
- Order a document – If you need a specific form, brief, case or article, you can order a document online. Note that most requests can be fulfilled during the same day they are sent. However, mailed requests may take up to two days to be delivered. Be prepared to pay any associated fees for your request.
- Borrow by mail – You can borrow library materials in the state of Wisconsin, and have them shipped directly to you if you are a judge, part of the court staff or an attorney that is licensed to practice law within the state.
- Forms for sale – You can purchase a variety of legal forms and packets, which are available through three library sources. Note that you cannot obtain forms for sale by email or fax. Instead, they must be received through mail or in person.
- Request an interlibrary loan – If the Wisconsin State Library does not house an article or a book that you need, you can request your material through another library via the interlibrary loan service.
- Suggest a purchase – Not finding what you need? Suggest an addition to the state library collection via the online form.