Computers & Internet
The Wisconsin State Law Library provides customers with free, extensive access to online research resources. The main library in Madison has seven computers throughout the library for use by attorneys and pro se researchers. The branch library (DCLRC) at the Dane County Courthouse has two computers available for walk-in use. The Milwaukee Legal Resource Center (MLRC), the branch library at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, has three walk-in use computers. Check our computers and internet policy or our printing & copying fees for more information.
The main library provides free wireless access to the Internet for users with their own notebook computers. Users without wireless capabilities can also connect to the library's Internet backbone using an Ethernet connection. CAT-5 cables are available from the circulation desk or you may bring your own.
The Dane County Legal Resource Center and Milwaukee Legal Resource Center provide free wireless access via courthouse wireless services.
Westlaw & WestlawNext
Westlaw and WestlawNext are available at the main library, the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center, and the Dane County Legal Resource Center. The library's subscription to Westlaw Public Access and WestlawNext includes primary law databases (case law, statutes, codes) at the Wisconsin and federal level plus all 50 states. In addition, users can access law reviews, forms, and a host of treatises. KeyCite service, a citation verification tool, is also included. Wireless users at the Wisconsin State Law Library can also access WestlawNext from their own devices.
Books Unbound is available at the main library, on all patron access computers. The Books UnBound database offers access to an extensive collection of State Bar CLE "brown binder" books, such as Wisconsin Civil Procedure Before Trial, Traffic Law and Practice in Wisconsin, Family Law Casenotes and Quotes, Wisconsin Civil Litigation Forms Manual and more. Users can keyword search the full text of each book and print selected sections.
HeinOnline is a deep archive of law reviews, federal legislation, codes, and regulations. Need a 1923 law review in electronic format? HeinOnline probably has it, as well as all back issues of the Federal Register and archived copies of the Code of Federal Regulations and United States Code. Legal Classics, English Reports, US Attorney General Opinions are just some of the additional database offered on HeinOnline. This wealth of information is available at all three locations as well as off-site to most library card holders. View available titles.
Many times, legal research begins with finding a relevant law review or journal article that explains or analyzes the law. Legal Trac is a searchable index of law reviews, bar journals and legal newspapers, covering articles published since approximately 1980. It includes over 875 titles, plus law-related articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest titles. Legal Trac is available at all three library locations as well as off-site to card holders.
League of Wisconsin Municipalities CD-ROM
This CD-ROM is available on all computers at the main library. Have a question about local government? Liquor licenses? Zoning powers? The “Legal Opinions” database from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities may have the answer. This CD-ROM includes almost three decades of legal analysis as well as league manuals on assessments, annexation, meeting conduct, and more.
The goal of the Law Library Microfiche Consortium (LLMC) is to provide economical access to a wide range of legal and law-related materials. What might you find on LLMC Digital? Full text of the Congressional Record 1874-2004 (and counting), scanned Wisconsin Reports volumes 1-200, selected federal commission reports, congressional biographies and more. Available at all locations.
Users are welcome to use library computers for research and browsing on the Internet, per the library's Computer and Network Use Policy. Because the library's focus is legal research and there are a limited number of computer terminals, Internet use for non-legal research is limited to one hour per day per person.
Printing & copying fees:
- Wisconsin State Law Library: $.15 / page
- Milwaukee Legal Resource Center: $.20 / page
- Dane County Legal Resource Center: $.25 / page