LexisNexis Digital Library

The Supreme Court Law Library’s subscription to the LexisNexis Digital Library provides access to an expansive collection of LexisNexis law eBooks you can access from anywhere. It is easy to use and available to you now. (Note: Users must be a Supreme Court Library card holder in good standings prior to receiving access.)

  • After registering, you can access the Law Library’s LexisNexis Digital Library at https://lexisdl.com/welcome/login/nmcourts
  • The LexisNexis Digital Library platform, powered by OverDrive, gives you anytime access to law eBooks, expert treatises and other content. Interactive eBooks help you research more efficiently by offering full-text search capability, shareable notes and highlights.
  • You have 24/7 remote access to this collection from anywhere via the internet.
  • You can highlight, annotate, and bookmark the text, and the notes you take are always available to you!
  • For convenient reading offline, be sure to download the LexisNexis Digital Library app from either the Google Play™ store or Apple® Store.

 Registration is easy! To request access to the Digital Library, contact the Law Library staff via phone at 505-827-4850, email at libref@nmcourts.gov or walk-in during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. You can also fill out the Registration Form and email it to the law library at the address above.


  • United States Code
  • New Mexico Statutes
    • New Mexico’s Statutes – Free, online public access to the master database of official state laws, published by the New Mexico Compilation Commission, is now available to the citizens of New Mexico. NMOneSource.com is the official legal research tool of the New Mexico courts and legislature. Search and retrieve annotated statutes and court rules, appellate court opinions, and more from the collections.


  • Federal and State Cases – All opinions by courts in the U.S.A. are available to search starting from 1950. From the Google search box, enter the citation, a party’s name, or keywords on your legal issue. (Google Scholar)
  • New Mexico Case Law – New Mexico’s Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions are available to search.


About the Law

Academic OneFile 

Find peer-reviewed, full-text articles from academic journals and reference sources. Millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, including full-text coverage of the New York Times since 1995. (State Library’s El Portal)

Criminal Justice Collection

Over 150 journals dealing with Criminal Justice. Users can browse by journal title or search over 6 million articles published since 1980 in all the the journals. (State Library’s El Portal).

Google Scholar (Articles)

Search for articles from Law Reviews and Academic Journals. Note that to get access to the full-text of the article you may have to search for the title of the journal that published the article the library’s catalog. (Google Scholar).

Newsbank Newspapers 

Search U.S. news content from local, regional, and national sources. It includes printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts, and videos. (State Library’s El Portal).

Opposing Viewpoints In Context

Research current and controversial social issues surrounded with documents that put them each into a larger context. Topic overviews that present a context to frame reading of individual texts. Texts include articles from magazines, academic journals, and news sources. Texts include primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio recordings. (State Library’s El Portal).

El Portal

El Portal is a collection of databases that provide free 24/7 access to resources such as newspapers, magazine and journal articles, and books such as encyclopedias. Materials are available for all age ranges and interests. New Mexico’s State Library provided this resource from Gale Cengage Learning to those in New Mexico. (State Library).

Legal Research Platforms

U. S. Government Information

The Government Publishing Office’s website holds digital copies of many federal laws and legislative materials, including authenticated copies of both the Code of Federal Regulations and the U.S. Code that can be searched under the “Advanced Search” screen. Because the copies are authenticated, many citation rules permit citation to these copies as the official copy.

Legal Information Institute (LII)

The LII has the U.S. Code, the Code of Federal Regulations, and a Legal Encyclopedia among other resources. The interface provides an “update“ to check the currency of statutes and regulations. (Legal Information Institute).

This list is not comprehensive: for the complete holdings of the law library check the catalog or call the reference desk at 505-827-4850.

In-Library or In-Court Use

The links below provide access to electronic resources that are only accessible from computers inside the Supreme Court Law Library and from the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals (Santa Fe and Albuquerque), and the District Courts.

Congressional Publications (Hearings)
Access to Congressional Hearings is available up to 1979. This guide explains how to use this resource (Proquest).

HeinOnline is a collection of digital libraries dealing with legal matters. It contains over 100 million pages of legal history. In addition to its vast collection of law journals, HeinOnline also contains the United States Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large, Congressional Record Bound volumes in entirety, Federal Legislative History, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, famous world trials dating back to the early 1700′s, legal classics from the 16th to the 20th centuries, the United Nations and League of Nations Treaty Series, all the United States’ Treaties and Agreements, the Federal Register from inception in 1936, the Code of Federal Regulations from inception in 1938, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, each state’s Session Laws and Historical Statutes, and much more.

New Mexico’s Session Laws
This section of HeinOnline’s Session Law Library provides access to the Session Laws of New Mexico from the Kearny Code of 1846 to within 60 days of the latest printed Session Laws. (HeinOnline)

West’s Encyclopedia of American Law
Accessed via the NM State Library’s El Portal and Gale eBooks. Once the page loads, click “Law” from the subject list on the left. Find current information on more than 5,000 legal topics. Includes completely revised articles covering important issues, biographies, definitions of legal terms and more. Covers such high-profile topics as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, and physician-assisted suicide.