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The Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library is established by
statute as a nonpartisan service office of the Maine Legislature. The
Library serves the public interest by providing legal and governmental
information services without discrimination to the people of Maine,
their government and the legal community.
Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section
171 establishes the
library and places it under the authority of the Legislative Council and
its Executive Director. Section 173 specifically provides for use by all
agencies of State Government and the citizens.
The Library combines the functions of a legislative reference
bureau and a state law library. Collections
and services are fully integrated, and both collections and services are
accessible to the public either on site or remotely to the fullest
The Library is funded by state General Fund appropriations. Moneys collected from users for photocopying and mailing and faxing services are returned to the General Fund.
The Legislature provided funds for the purchase of books for
its use in 1826. The law
collection continued to grow as a section of the Maine State Library
until 1971, when the Law and Legislative Reference Library was created
as a legislative office. Also
at that time the Maine State Library moved to the newly-constructed
Cultural Building, and the Law and Legislative Reference Library moved
into space in the State House formerly occupied by the State Library.
The library collection now houses about 111,000 volumes and provides electronic access to many
The library fills the second floor of the north wing of the
Statehouse. The library itself is comprised of a main floor and a
mezzanine. A map of the floor layout is
The library houses six historical portraits of
former legislators, judges and members of Congress. The Reference staff
also keep a binder of information about the portraits and their
The Library is a selective depository for federal government
documents and conforms to the requirements established by the Government
Printing Office. The
Library also selects state documents distributed by the Maine State
Library through the state documents depository program.
The Library is a member of the Central Maine Library
District, the Maine Library Association, the Law Librarians of New
England, and the American Association of Law Libraries. The State Law Librarian is an ex-officio member of the State
Court Library Committee, which oversees the county law libraries.
Barden, John R. Director
Apostola, Elaine. Deputy Director
Beane, Susan . Library Associate
Burnett, Alex. Associate Law Librarian
Dyszlewski, Nicole. Senior Law Librarian
Jones, Ryan. Associate Law Librarian
Locke, Jennifer. Library Associate
Lupo, Gianine. Library Assistant
Ouellette, Amanda. Library Assistant
Sullivan, Donna. Library Associate
Vorpagel, Diane. Administrative Secretary
Williams, Jon. Library Assistant
Wright, Sue. Senior Law Librarian
We value your input. If
you have comments or questions regarding the Library, our services, or
our polices, you may contact:
John R. Barden, Director
Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library
43 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0043
- If you have a reference question, please use our Reference Request Form.
what our patrons say about us
We have gathered excerpts of comments received from users of our email reference service.