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County Law Libraries Program

The Minnesota State Law Librarian is required by Minn. Stat. 134A.16 to advise and assist development of county law libraries throughout the state. The State Law Librarian or his/her designee makes on-site visits to the libraries, submits recommendations for solving problems or addressing issues confronting the boards of trustees and provides training in law library management and develops cooperative programs.

Annual Subscription Rates

Tier 1: $300 per year

  • Provide print copies of Minnesota Statutes (market value $300) and Minnesota Rules (market value $310), to be sent as they are published. This includes interim year supplements.
  • Brief phone and/or email assistance with any or all of the following: collection development/maintenance, fees, policies and procedures, hiring, vendor questions, billing issues, and other related library management issues.


Tier 2:

3% revenue from prior fiscal year not to exceed $2000. (Minimum fee is $400.) 

  • All tier 1 services
  • One annual on-site visit to a County Law Library location by the State Law Librarian or designee.
  • Evaluation of library’s print and electronic resource contracts. Recommendations will be provided.
  • Evaluation of existing print collection. Recommendations for additions or weeding will be provided.
  • Guidance on a law library move or remodel.
  • Advice on setting up and maintaining a legal clinic, if desired.
  • Advice on law library budget, including a review of current expenses.
  • Guidance on whether to and how to change fees.
  • Creation of, or the annual updating of, a resource list of free and trustworthy internet legal research resources for Minnesota, including local municipalities.  
  • Creation of, or the annual updating of, a social and legal service provider list specific to the area. 
  • Access to a toll-free phone number to the State Law Library reference desk, which can be posted in the County Law Library for use by County Law Library patrons and/or staff.
  • If desired, assistance collaborating with the local public library for shared collection, shared services, research training or other cooperative partnerships.
  • Attendance at a Law Library Board of Trustees meeting – via phone, or during in-person visit.   
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