Library in-person visits
Public appointments are offered on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern), excluding state holidays. Attorneys and those who work for Indiana state or federal government entities may request an appointment outside public hours. Attorneys must provide their attorney number, and government employees must show their current government ID.
The library is a special collection, and judicial branch employees are bound by a code of conduct which prevents the library from operating in a manner similar to a public library or assisting customers like a reference librarian might. Before requesting an in-person appointment, consider whether online services meet your needs and review these policies.
When visiting the library in person, Court staff can:
- Direct you to materials when you have a specific title, reference, citation, or court rule (including U.S. Government information through Title 44, Section 1911 as a Federal Depository Library)
- Provide you with 50 pages of paper for free copying of library materials only
- Direct you to the two library computers which provide access to Westlaw and Lexis Digital Library (services that are also available remotely). Users are required to comply with the Supreme Court Acceptable Standard Use Policy
- Provide free public Wi-Fi, which also requires compliance with the Acceptable Standard Use Policy. Staff cannot assist you with technical support on personal electronic devices.
Please note the following policies as well:
- Court staff cannot do research or interpret the meaning of statutes, cases, or regulations
- Court staff cannot offer any legal advice or help litigants with court cases, including filling out forms. If you need legal assistance, visit indianalegalhelp.org
- Library materials (such as books) cannot be physically checked out. Try searching the library catalog in advance to see what materials may be available. And note you may be able to digitally review items without coming to the library
- Guests will be required to sign in and sign out as well as show ID
- Guests must place handled books on the marked reshelving cart
- Guests must sanitize hands when handling library materials, using computers, or making photocopies
- The library is not responsible for any personal belongings
- Computers are for legal research purposes only
- The Court retains the right to ask guests to leave the library and prevent them from future visits if improper behavior is observed, including sleeping, loitering, obscene language, other disrespectful actions, or violations of library policies
Additionally, COVID precautions and expectations include:
- Face masks are required for entry regardless of vaccination status (we can provide you a mask if needed)
- Social distancing and safety procedures are to be followed
No exceptions to the policies will be made unless a request has been made to and approved by the Court's ADA Coordinator.
Appointment requests must be made 24 hours in advance (any request made on the weekend or a state holiday will not be considered until the next working day). Staff will make efforts to accommodate all requests, but the requested date/time is not guaranteed until you receive written confirmation from the library.
Supreme Court Law Library
State House, Room 316
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204