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Law Library Services

The law library is staffed by an experienced law librarian who can assist you with print and online legal resources.

You may visit in person, call, or email her. You may also call for an appointment to assure that she is available when you make an in-person visit. The law librarian does not give legal advice but she can help you conduct legal research.
 
Contact Law Librarian:
Brenda Wolfe

COMPUTER SERVICES
  • Access the Internet on our four public computer terminals. 
  • Self-Help Center Computer provided by the State of Minnesota.
  • The Law Library computers are fully equipped with the Microsoft® Office 2007 , including Microsoft® Access, Microsoft® Excel, Microsoft® PowerPoint, Microsoft® Word, and Microsoft® Picture Editor.  

 
COPIERS, PRINTERS & FAX MACHINES

  • The Law Library has a self-service copier which costs 10 cents per page. The machine takes currency or coins and makes change.
  • We have one laser printer and we charge 10 cents per page for printing. There is no charge for printing Minnesota Court Forms.
  • We have one fax machine. The cost is $1.00 per page for local calls and $2.00 per page for long distance calls.
  • The copier, printer, and fax are owned by Carver County Law Library and proceeds go towards maintaining the machines, ink, and paper.
 
ONLINE DATABASES
  • Minnesota Courts Records Inquiry - MNCIS
    Check the criminal, civil, family, probate, and judgment records from many Minnesota counties, including Carver County.
  • Lexis
    The Carver County Law Library maintains an online subscription to Lexis, a legal electronic research database. Our Lexis subscription includes Dunnell's Minnesota Digest, annotated Minnesota Restatement cases, all Minnesota law reviews, Minnesota federal and state cases, Minnesota statutes and bill tracking, Minnesota Rules, Minnesota Register, and regulation tracking, Minnesota administrative and agency decisions, all 8 th Circuit cases, Supreme Court cases, USCS, Public Laws, Federal Rules Annotated, Martindale-Hubbell with U.S. listings and U.S. law digest and full jurisdiction Shepard's.
  • Shepard's Citator
    Case law is based upon precedent or authority. In order to find out if a case, statute, or other document can be used as authority, check to see whether it has has been followed, distinguished, limited or questioned in subsequent court cases. This is done by "Shepardizing", using Shepard's Citations to see how and when another court has cited the first decision. The Carver County Law Library maintains an online subscription to full jurisdiction Shepards with links to full-text cases and statutes (all 50 states and federal jurisdictions). This database is integrated with our Lexis subscription.
  • Carver County Library Databases
    Access to all the Carver County Library online subscription databases is available in the Law Library.
  • Print Collection
    The Law Library owns primary and secondary legal materials including Minnesota case law and statutes, federal statutes, U.S. Supreme Court cases, legal encyclopedias, digests, and dictionaries, self-representation materials, law-related fiction and non-fiction books, legal form books, local law school journals, legal magazines and newspapers, and local and national newspapers and magazines.
    Our print materials are cataloged in the Carver County Library Catalog
  • Circulating Collection
    The law library maintains a collection of self-representation materials by Nolo Press, Sphinx, and other publishers. We also have a small collection of law-related fiction and non-fiction books. All of our books are cataloged in the Carver County Library catalog.