Mission:  In support of access to justice, the Hennepin County Law Library ensures access to the body of law and legal materials for all.

The law library provides materials related to practicing law, including books, journals and electronic databases.

The library is open to the public, with unlimited use of materials on site.

Here is a map showing the location of materials in the law library.

The law library invites you to consider subscribing:  subscribers receive additional benefits.  Find out more about subscribing.

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Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Closed Saturday, Sunday, and the following county holidays:

Holiday Observed
New Year’s Day Friday, December 31, 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 17
President's Day Monday, February 21
Memorial Day Monday, May 30
Juneteenth Monday, June 20
Independence Day Monday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 5
Veterans' Day Friday, November 11
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24
Thanksgiving Friday Friday, November 25
Christmas Day Monday, December 26
New Year's Day Monday, January 2, 2023


The Hennepin County Law Library is located inside the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, between 3rd and 4th Avenues South.

Once inside the Government Center, go through security in the courts tower on the Skyway level. Take the elevator to the 24th floor.


Light rail and bus

The Blue and Green light rail lines stop at the Government Plaza Station in front of the Government Center. Many downtown buses also stop along the streets surrounding the building.

Plan your route

Visit MetroTransit


You must pay to park in downtown Minneapolis. You can park in nearby lots, ramps, or metered spots along the street.

Parking options

You can make copies yourself for $0.10 per copy. Law librarians also provide document services for a fee.


A $5 handling fee applies to each order unless paying in full upon pickup. Copyright royalty fees may also apply.

  • Copy (mail or hold for pickup): $0.50 per page
  • Email (if available electronically): $10 per citation
  • Scan and email: $1 per page

Payment methods

The law library accepts cash, checks and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover; $5 minimum for cards) for copy/print/scan services. Non-subscribers must pre-pay for all document services.


The law library has a notary on staff. There is no charge for notarizing.

Residents within 25 miles of the law library may check out up to two books for a refundable $40 deposit per item, twice per year. Subscribers have unlimited checkout privileges.

Statutes and digests

  • Two days
  • Three renewals allowed

Treatises, reporters and periodicals

  • 14 days
  • Two renewals allowed

Minnesota reference materials (includes CLEs)

  • 14 days
  • One renewal allowed

Popular library materials

  • 14 days
  • One renewal allowed


  • You can renew materials by phone
  • Subscribers can also renew online using their barcode (request your barcode by calling or emailing the library)
  • Renew online (please call 612-348-3022 to renew overdue materials)

After-hours book return

Return law library books after hours using our drop box. The box is located inside the northeast entrance by the security guard's desk, on the side of the building that faces the Government Plaza light rail station.

Visitors can use law library computers for one hour per day to access the Internet, Westlaw and Lexis. Subscribers have unlimited computer access.

The law library has a conference room that can be used for no charge.  The conference room seats twelve and has a flexible table configuration.  Reserve up to 90 days ahead by calling 612-348-3022 or emailing lawlibrary@hennepin.us.

Anyone can use the law library study room at no charge (first-come, first served).  The study room is large enough for two people.

The library gets its funds from court fees, user fees and the Hennepin County general fund.

According to Minnesota statute, a board of trustees governs the law library. View the statute (Chapter 134A). Trustees include three judges, three practicing attorneys and a member of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.

Board of Trustees meetings 


The Honorable Patrick D. Robben, President
Fourth Judicial District Court Judge

Michael C. McCarthy, Vice-President
Practicing attorney

Lisa Marie Buck
Practicing attorney

Commissioner Angela Conley
Hennepin County Commissioner

The Honorable Joseph Klein
Fourth Judicial District Court Judge

The Honorable Nelson Peralta
Fourth Judicial District Court Judge

Tom Walsh
Practicing attorney

Secretary to the board 

Karen E. Westwood, Law Library Director

Contact a trustee

To contact a trustee, write to:
(Board member’s name), care of law library director


Director:  Karen Westwood, karen.westwood@hennepin.us | 612-348-7977

Reference and Outreach:  Marlena Okechukwu, marlena.okechukwu@hennepin.us


Office specialists:


Law library bylaws (amended February 25, 2016) (PDF)

General Rules

General Rules of the Anne W. Grande Law Library (approved April 4, 2017) (PDF)


The law library began in 1883, when the Minneapolis Bar Association established it, using donated books from members. The library’s first home was a room in a building on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. Within its first dozen years, the library grew to 7,000 volumes, and fire destroyed it twice. The bar association rebuilt it both times with insurance proceeds.

In 1934, the bar association donated its 35,000 volumes to Hennepin County. Housed in various locations for much of its life, the library moved to its present space in the Government Center in 1976.

The law library is named for Anne W. Grande, who served as law librarian for 33 years, from 1975-2008.

Today, the library provides materials and assistance to over 13,000 people a year, both attorneys and members of the public, so they can research cases and issues related to the present-day practice of law.

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