The mission of the State Law Library is to provide access to legal information consistent with the research needs of Montana's judges and court personnel, members of the State Bar of Montana, state officers and employees, and members of the general public. We strive to provide legal information at the time and in the format requested.
The library selects and maintains resources consistent with this mission. We develop and promote a quality program of resource sharing and alternative access in order to serve the needs of local and distant users and to support the cooperative efforts of libraries in general.
This collection emerges from an effort of the Montana State Office of Public Instruction’s Indian Education Division and the State Law Library to acquire and preserve tribal legal documents. Included are constitutions, codes, court opinions, water rights and gaming compacts, fish and game regulations, and more.
The State Law Library of Montana’s Justice Under the Big Sky collection pulls together a number of facets of the Montana legal system in a never-seen-before photo ensemble. Included in the collection are group photos of the Montana Supreme Court, individual portraits of Montana Supreme Court Justices and Montana district court judges, as well as Montana Judges Association group photos and historic photos of the State Law Library. Of particular interest in the collection, are photos memorializing the groundbreaking of the current Montana Justice Building. The State Law Library strives to provide access to legal information for Montana's judges and court personnel, members of the State Bar of Montana, state officers and employees, and members of the general public.