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Internet research guides designed to assist practitioners, self-represented litigants, the judiciary, government officials and members of the public in locating and accessing quality, free web-based legal resources.



Local Government Resources
Locate important Cook County and Chicago government links, including the Cook County Code of Ordinances and the Chicago Municipal Code. Includes links to municipal codes and collar county information. 


Illinois State Legal Resources
Links to Illinois Compiled Statutes, Illinois Supreme Court and Appellate Court cases, and Illinois regulations. Find information on constructing an Illinois legislative history online using the General Assembly site.


Federal Judicial Resources
Links to United States Supreme Court decisions, federal court of appeals, district courts and bankruptcy courts, including the Seventh circuit and Northern District court. Find court rules, Manual for Complex Litigation Third, Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence.


This guide provides links and information to resources from Cook County, the State of Illinois, and the federal government on veterans' issues, including benefits and other services.
Legal information is available on many topics. Plain-English guides, handbooks, reference manuals, and brochures. Useful information for the lawyer and non-lawyer. Topics include adoption, automobiles, bankruptcy, business law, consumer, copyright, courts & procedure, criminal law, disability law, discrimination law, domestic violence, education law, employment law, family law, finding an attorney & legal fees, franchises, health law, home repair, housing, ID theft, landlord-tenant, legal encyclopedias, legal research techniques, legal service providers, military personnel, minors, moving, online legal guides, predatory lending, personal injury, privacy, real estate, senior citizens, telephone, traffic court, travel law, wills and estates, and issues affecting women and many more.

Family Law Resources
A guide for finding statutes, cases and relevant administrative agencies on Illinois family law. Guides on family law, divorce, self-help guides, state law compilations, child support and international family law resources.


Litigation Resources
Links for court rules, expert witnesses, forms, evidence sources, jury instructions, jury verdicts and publications.


Taxation and Revenue Resources
Federal tax resources, tax information from all fifty states and selected international and foreign tax resources.


Bankruptcy Resources
Links for the bankruptcy code, rules and forms, bankruptcy courts nationwide, bankruptcy sites including international bankruptcy/insolvency resources.


Reference Shelf
Reference resources including citation manuals, law reviews and journals, dictionaries, encyclopedias, quotations, acronyms, library catalogs, telephone directories, uniform laws, attorney locators, embassies, maps, health-related information, public records, statistics, and internet search engines.


Legal News
Where to find legal news, legal technology updates and general news sources online.



Treaties and Conventions
Multilateral treaty collections, regional collections, US treaties, topical collections, and information on conducting treaty research.


Convention for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)
Research guides and text of CISG convention.

Agency Contact Information Portlet  
Contact Information
Contact Information

Bureau Name:

Administration, Bureau of

Main Office:

50 W. Washington St. Room 2900
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Telephone: (312) 603-5423
Fax: (312) 603-4716

Montell Davenport, Executive Law Librarian


M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Open Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for attorneys presenting a current ARDC card and current photo ID, and for litigants presenting official court papers stamped within a year and current photo ID.

Sun: Closed

See below for branch locations and hours of operation.

Bridgeview Branch:
10220 S. 76th Avenue 
Bridgeview, IL 60455

Telephone: (708) 974-6201

Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat-Sun: Closed

Criminal Court Branch:
2650 S. California Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60608

Telephone: (773) 674-5039

Hours: M-F: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun: Closed

Markham Branch:
16501 S. Kedzie Parkway 
Markham, IL 60426

Telephone: (708) 232-4125

Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun: Closed

Maywood Branch:
1500 Maybrook Drive 
Maywood, IL 60153

Telephone: (708) 865-6020

Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun: Closed

Skokie Branch:
5600 Old Orchard Road 
Skokie, IL 60077

Telephone: (847) 470-7298

Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun: Closed