The Social Law Library was incorporated by a Special Act of the Legislature in 1814 to fulfill the need for a comprehensive law library available to officials of the Judicial, Legislative, and Executive Branches of state and federal government as well as to its dues-paying members. Although any member of the public may join the Social Law Library in much the same way that any member of the public may use the public transportation system, it is a specialty practice library the resources of which are rarely needed or used by members of the general public. As authorized by the 1814 Act, membership dues are intended as "user fees" for those who rely on the Social Law Library's unique collection and services. Membership dues underwrite approximately seventy percent of the Library's operations. Members of the bar are expected to join. The Library extends daily courtesy passes to non-members.
View the Social Law Library's Policy Governing Non-Member Access and Usage