Law Libraries

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Law Library Resources

The Cumberland County Law Library (Cleaves Law Library) in Portland and the Penobscot County Law Library at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor serve as regional ‚Äčlaw libraries. ‚Äč Each of those libraries has a computer with public access to Westlaw, and each is staffed.  Cleaves is staffed full-time, and Penobscot is staffed part-time.  

Results ‚Äčfrom Westlaw research at the regional law libraries ‚Äčcan be e-mailed to your own computer or printed for a small fee. Hardbound materials updated at all locations include the Maine Revised Statutes, the Maine Reporter, and several Maine specific treatises. These are for reference only and are not to be taken from the library.

‚ÄčIn addition, the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library in Augusta, a division of the Maine Legislature, is the state's public law library.  The library is staffed full-time, provides reference services over the phone and via email, and mails materials to Maine residents.

If you need legal advice, you should contact an attorney.

Resources and Guides

A brief guide is designed to offer effective methods for locating Maine statutes, annotations, opinions, and rules on computers located in county law libraries.

Questions about the libraries should be directed to the Judicial Branch Webmaster at