New to the Social Sciences Room: It’s the Law!

As previously mentioned, there have been some exciting changes at Central, and specifically in the Social Sciences room where we have expanded our holdings which used to run from #Dewey 001-339, now include ALL of the 300s. To help familiarize our patrons with the new (to us) subject areas, we plan to feature one or another from time to time in a blog post and/or a book display, starting with this post on THE LAW.

Books about the law are generally found in the #Dewey 340 range, where you will find information about the underpinnings of the U.S. (& other countries') legal structure, the U.S. Constitution and many of its amendments, the U.S. Supreme Court and many of its famous cases and Justices, and practical guides to real-life issues like divorce, Copyright, contracts, wills, and bankruptcy.


In addition to the books (check out this list and explore the SLPL catalog to find more, & don't neglect the reference section!), SLPL provides digital access to Missouri legal forms through Gale Legal Forms - access it remotely or from any SLPL reference computer by going to SLPL A-Z Resources, selecting "G" & clicking on the link.

And if you need more legal resources than SLPL can offer, or just want to explore another really cool space in downtown St. Louis, we recommend you visit our neighbor, the Law Library Association of St. Louis, which we usually refer to as the Civil Courts Law Library. Located (guess where?) in the Civil Courts building, its mission is "to provide legal research materials, education, support services and facilities to the bench, bar, its members and the public".  The Civil Courts Law Library is a combination public/membership library and offers reasonably priced (or free for members) CLE programs, usually over the lunch hour. Grab their flyer from the kiosk in the Social Sciences room, follow them on twitter (@llastlouis), call them at 314 622-4835, or just take the elevator up to the 13th floor next time you report for jury duty in St. Louis City.

Ignorance of the law excuses no man; not that all men know the law, but because 'tis an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to confute him.

-John Selden (1584-1654) (found in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, #Dewey 082)

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