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Reference & Research Assistance
Library staff are here to help you. Although staff are prohibited from doing direct legal research, offering legal advice, or interpreting statutes, we can suggest library resources to assist you in your research. These include resources that you can use in the library, such as our large collection of treatises and New Mexico law section, as well as resources that can be checked-out, such as Nolo self-help books. We can also direct you towards free online resources that may help you with your research if you are unable to visit us in person.
If the Supreme Court Law Library does not have a particular title in its collection, we can request to borrow it from another library as a courtesy to our library cardholders. This is an interlibrary Loan (ILL). If you would like to make an interlibrary loan request, please complete and return the provided ILL form in person or by email with the title, author, ISBN, publication date, page numbers if applicable, and any other information on the title that is available. Library staff will then process the ILL request and inform you about its progress.
New Mexico residents 18 and older can borrow select titles after signing up for a library card. To apply for a library card please complete and return an application with proof of residence and photo ID.
Public Computers & Wi-Fi
The Law Library has public computers and free Wi-Fi that are available for use, which helps ensure access for all. Contact the Reference desk for more information.
The Law Library has access to many forms on various legal topics. Some of these forms are official, or created by the Courts, and others are samples, or non-official forms to be used as templates for lawyers and/or litigants to revise to fit their situation and relevant rules, statutes, and court orders. Library staff cannot tell you which forms to use or how to complete these forms. However, we are more than happy to direct you to books of forms, court websites with information on forms, and other relevant resources.
Document Delivery Services
The Supreme Court Law Library can convert documents from tangible to digital form and vice versa. If a document is in our collection, we will determine how many pages it contains and send an invoice for document delivery services. The Law Library requires prepayment at a cost of $0.15 per page, plus postage if the document(s) are to be mailed. Such costs will be calculated and included on the invoice. Once payment is received via cash, check, money order, or credit card, the document will be sent in the manner requested.
Copying & Printing Charges
The Supreme Court Law Library can provide copies or scans of most material in our collection. Copies and scans are 15 cents per page. All copies and scans are black and white. We have a Jamex (Self Service Cash) machine connected to our Patron Copier and this machine accepts Nickels, Dimes and Quarters. At the Reference Desk we accept Cash, Checks, Money Orders or Credit Cards.
Please note: We do not accept bills larger than $20.00. We do not make change. If using a $5.00 bill or larger, 50% of the total amount must be spent on copies and/or scans. 2.4% Service charge on all cards.