Providing Kentucky judges with legal research and reference assistance for more than a century
The State Law Library provides research and reference assistance to the Kentucky Court of Justice and houses the central collection of legal research materials for state government. It is located on the second floor of the State Capitol in Frankfort and is open for the use of state government agencies, attorneys and the public. The staff can provide reference assistance and instruction in the use of the research materials, but does not give legal advice to the public.
The State Law Library houses an extensive collection of legal materials and historical documents that can be used for legal and historical research.
There is a complete Kentucky primary legal collection that includes Kentucky Acts, House and Senate Journals, statutes, Kentucky Decisions, the Kentucky Digest, Kentucky Administrative Regulations, Kentucky legal texts and treatises, and the Kentucky Attorney General opinions. The collection also includes superseded Kentucky legal materials such as the Kentucky Statutes from 1801, Kentucky Acts from 1801, Kentucky Codes of Practice from 1850 and prior editions of secondary legal materials.
The library houses rare books, including biographies of famous Kentuckians, Kentucky histories, prior editions of Kentucky directories and the Debates of the 1890 Kentucky Constitutional Convention. The library also has statutes for all 50 states including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The library offers these electronic resources:
- HeinOnline Law Journal Library
- Shepard’s Citations Service
- Westlaw Patron Access