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About the Dougherty County Law Library  


Why do we have a law library?  Law libraries offer services by talented professionals whose expertise can be accessed at any time and from any place.  Libraries are not just a place to store print volumes.  Instead, they offer:  access to legal research experts with specialized skills, access to specialized information that is not available free on the Internet, access to special collections tailored to users in a particular geographic area, in-depth training on how to do online legal research, and relief from the information overload caused by the information age.  The public law library is the access point for equal justice under the law.  The free and open availability of legal information is essential to a free society.

The Law Library is located in the Judicial Building, at 225 Pine Avenue, Albany, Georgia, in Room 212.  The library owns an excellent collection of Georgia cases, codes, digests, legal encyclopedias and other materials, both in print and on legal research databases. Through our online legal subscriptions, patrons who visit the Library can access legal materials from all states and all federal jurisdictions at no charge. The library has many form packets for self-represented litigants that can be purchased at the library or downloaded from our website for free.

The library is open to the public for research from 9:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 4:45 on Monday through Friday.  The library is closed for the following holidays:  New Years, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  For more details, read the library's policies.

Laureen Alford Kelly, J.D., M.L.I.S, has served as the Library Manager since 2004.  She is an expert at helping researchers find appropriate materials and resources. However, she is not permitted to give legal advice or to interpret specific legal situations for library users.  You may reach her at 229-431-2133, or via email at   


* Dougherty County Law Library Newsletter


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