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Law Library Mission Statement
The Central Rappahannock Regional Public Law Library, a part of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, provides access to information about laws and legal procedures to the general public, attorneys, and the judiciary. The library develops and maintains a collection of books, legal periodicals, and online databases accessible from public computers. The law librarian offers classes to familiarize our customers with our collection, as well as instruction in the use of our online databases and the Internet for legal research.
The Central Rappahannock Regional Law Library is located on the lowest level of the Headquarters Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
The Law Librarian is available:
- Monday-Thursday 12-4 pm
- Friday 1-5 pm
Law Library Telephone: (540) 372-1144, ext. 238
Click here for the policies pertaining to CRRL's legal information services.
Top Law Web Sites
1. Google Scholar
Google Scholar is a great place to start your legal research. You can search all legal opinions and journal articles or limit your search to either specific federal opinions or specific state opinions.
Lexisone is a free legal database but you must register to use it. Once you have registered, the database is very accessible. You can search case law, statutes and more.
3. Cornell Law School
Cornell University Law School’s web site provides access to codes and other information, including the Code of Federal Regulations. The site also provides information on proper legal citation. There are links to state-specific information.
Launched in 1995, Thomas provides access to bills and resolutions, information about the way our government works and more.
5. GPO Access
The Government Printing Office provides federal information from all three branches of government. Check out the A-Z Resource list for a list of Federal Resources available on the site.
6. WashLaw Web
Washlaw Web provides links to state, federal and international legal information.
Created by members of the American Association of Law Librarians, this website provides basic information for conducting legal research. Check out the link for the Public Library Toolkit which will provide state specific information.
8. The Virtual Chase
Although the Virtual Chase is designed for legal professionals, anyone interested in learning the legal research process as well as learning resources to locate people or company information, will find the resources useful.
9. Hieros Gamos
Hieros Gamos is not just for legal professionals. Check out the articles as well as the links in the Law and Practice Center.
10. Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government for kids
Ben’s Guide is created by staff from the Government Printing Office and offers information for students that is grade specific as well as recommendations for parents and teachers.