Welcome! The Madison County Law Library has been at its present location in the basement of the Courthouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, since September, 1994. Before that there was an informal library in the Chief Judge’s office. The Madison County Board maintains the library with advice from the Circuit Judges as defined at 55 ILCS 5/5-39001. The Circuit Clerk collects a fee on all civil cases filed to support the library. The library is a public facility, open to all.
The Madison County Law Library provides access to legal reference and research materials for the state of Illinois and Federal proceedings. To view the materials owned by the library, please check the list of materials collected on LibraryThing. The library also provides public access to Westlaw, a legal research database on three computers. Patrons can research statutes, cases, and find forms through Westlaw on a state and federal level.
All of the library materials may be photocopied, however only judges and attorneys with an Illinois license may check out materials. Photocopies are 10 cents per page. Services include call-in copying, emailing materials, monthly billing for copies, and assistance with computer research. The library is a member of Illinois Heartland Library System.
The Madison County Bar Association is a legal organization of over 400 attorneys serving the needs of the attorneys and residents of Madison County, Illinois, part of the greater St. Louis metro-area. The Madison County Bar Association exists as both a network of legal professionals as well as a legal resource for the communities and citizens of Madison County, Illinois.
Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Bar Association is the premier legal association in the state. As a voluntary organization, the Association’s primary focus is to help Illinois lawyers practice more effectively and efficiently by providing time and money-saving services.
The ISBA also engage in many important activities on behalf of the profession — among them proposing and shaping legislation, educating the public, and supporting the courts and the rule of law.