Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and will be closed on Thursday, November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.


Links and information about laws and legal topics.

Web Sites

Indiana Judicial Branch Self-Service Legal Center
The Self-Service Legal Center provides resources and information for individuals who are trying to navigate the legal system on their own, though consulting a lawyer is usually recommended. This site provides: assistance in finding a legal aid provider or attorney; access to online self-service legal forms; suggestions on preparing for court; links to legal research resources, etc. Go to Representing Yourself in Court: What You Need to Know  to learn how the court system works and the procedures and responsibilities you need to follow should you decide to represent yourself in court and/or small claims court.

Indiana Court Forms
Self-service legal form packets provided include such situations as divorce, child support, and name changes.  The self-service packets include instructions, forms and a checklist, but legal consultation may still be suggested. There is also information and/or forms for protection orders, Small Claims Court, appeals, and expungement. The expungement forms do not include packets because it is a more complex situation and it is highly recommended that you seek legal advice from an attorney.
This is the new website used by the civil and criminal courts that incorporates Indiana’s Odyssey Case Management System. Search by Case Number, Defendant or Party, Citation Number or Attorney in this system that manages and stores case records. In addition to court records, Odyssey connects with other state and federal agencies such as the BMV, and law enforcement.

Comprehensive legal site with features of interest to legal professionals, students, and the general public. Find out about criminal laws, request legal forms (payment required), find a lawyer, and locate federal and state resources.

Nolo Law for All
Nolo, a commercial entity and a leading publisher of self-help legal materials offers this site that enables you to get free legal information, find Tips on Hiring Lawyers, and request legal forms (payment required).

Indiana Code
Current laws of Indiana.

Indiana Administrative Code
Current regulations for Indiana.

Indianapolis/Marion County Municipal Code
Ordinances for Marion County.

Code of Federal Regulations
"The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government."

U.S. Code Online
Search the U.S. Code which is "a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States."

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions
Access recent Supreme Court opinions from 2009 to the present. Choose Bound Volumes to see the final, official opinions plus other materials going back to 1991.

Indiana Attorney General
Includes victim assistance, consumer protection, and the sex offender registry.

Indiana Judicial System
Information about the Indiana Court of Appeals, Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Tax Court and links to other relevant Indiana court information.

Marion County Circuit and Superior Courts
Information about the Circuit Court, Superior Court and the Small Claims Court of Marion County.

Office of the Marion County Clerk of the Court
Oversees filing, recording and entering orders pertaining to the civil, juvenile, probate and criminal court systems. The Clerk’s office deals with many important legal and county government forms and filings involving child support, divorce, elections, guardianship, marriage licenses, property, etc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
The Seventh Circuit is a federal court that covers the states of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Indiana is divided into northern and southern districts with Indianapolis being served by the United States District Court Southern District of Indiana .

Organization Links

Indiana Supreme Court Library
Mainly serves the judges, staff and agencies of the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Court of Appeals. The library also assists other state agencies, the Office of the Governor, the legislature, members of the bar, and citizens of Indiana.
State House, Room 316, Indianapolis IN 46204, (317) 232-2557 

Ruth Lilly Law Library, Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Research and reference assistance supports the students, faculty and staff of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Materials are available to the general public for use in the library only.
530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis IN 46202, (317) 274-4026

Indianapolis Bar Association
A professional legal organization for local attorneys that offers many useful programs and services for the public. The Ask A Lawyer program is held twice a year at numerous library branches and the Legal Line provides free legal advice the second Tuesday of each month by phone (269-2000 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.). Other resources include the Lawyer Referral Service (269-2222) and the Indy Lawyer Finder, an online resource that allows you to search and choose a qualified lawyer to fit your needs.

Indiana Pro Bono Commission
Provides information on how you can obtain a pro bono lawyer. Go to Find A Legal Aid Provider and browse by District or Indiana County. Will not assist with criminal cases. If you have a criminal case and cannot afford a lawyer, contact the Indiana Public Defender’s office at: 317-232-2475.
615 N Alabama St, Suite 122, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 269-2415

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
This federal agency has their district office in Indianapolis. Investigations involving claims of employment discrimination include the jurisdiction of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and parts of Ohio.
101 West Ohio St., Suite 1900, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (800) 669-4000

Indiana General Assembly
Access Indiana bills, resolutions, Indiana Code, Indiana Administrative Code, Acts, and the Indiana Constitution. Indiana House of Representatives, 200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 232-9600; Indiana State Senate, 200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 232-9400

American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana
Provides legal assistance to Indiana residents whose constitutional rights have been violated. This website provides an overview of current issues, litigation, new articles, and events.

Library Materials

The Quick & Legal Will Book

The Quick & Legal Will Book
Clifford, Denis
346.73054 CLI 2014

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Stevenson, Bryan
345.0127 STE