As a selective depository for federal government documents, the Library collects government documents that complement and supplement the library's other collections. In addition to legal materials, the library collects annual reports, laws, decisions, regulations, selected handbooks, manuals and general publications of various legislative, judicial and executive branch agencies. The library's catalog also provides access to many federal government depository publications that are now only available electronically.
Drug Court Collection
Designed for pro se litigants, attorneys, advocates, and court staff, the Dane County Legal Resource Center’s drug court collection contains both legal and medical books as well as resources on rehabilitation, drug court operation manuals, memoirs, judicial education materials, and medical dictionaries. Some of these materials were donated by members of the community or have been provided through the WI State Law Library. Suggestions for new additions can be directed to Lisa Winkler.
The Media Collection has trial practice materials on family law, estate planning, real estate, business law, and other legal areas, in audio and video formats. Located near the reference area at the Wisconsin State Law Library, this collection consists of CLE seminars from the State Bar of Wisconsin and National Business Institute along with instructional materials from the American Bar Association and other legal training sources.
Prose & Cons
Looking for something a little lighter to read? You can find mysteries and crime fiction at the Wisconsin State Law Library. This donated legal fiction collection has books from such authors as David Baldacci, Patricia Cornwell, Dick Francis, and John Grisham. If you’re in the mood for a movie, the Library also has a feature film collection containing legal classics and recent motion pictures. Movies are located near the library’s reference area; the book collection is behind the Rare Book Room, on the second floor of the library. To donate to the collection, drop your items off at the library or contact Amy Crowder.
Rare Book Collection
The Rare Book Collection contains more than 1,100 items spanning over four centuries and includes English, Irish, Scottish and American law and trials. All items in the collection are non-circulating; those in good condition may be used in the library. While the library is not actively acquiring rare materials at this time, donations continue to be considered for addition to the collection.