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Law: QuickStart Guide

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for finding legal information and is intended for public library users and librarians.

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When Can I Sign Up for the Benefit?

As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting

Congressional Record Daily Digest

Most-Viewed Bills | Top 10

If you didn’t get the full Economic Impact Payment, you may be eligible to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit

American Rescue Plan Act Provisions: What It Means for States / prepared by NCLS (National Council of State Legislatures) . Topics: State and Local Aid; Direct Payment to Citizens; Tax Provisions; Expanded Unemployment Benefits; Small Business Provisions; Health and Human Services Provisions; Medicaid/Medicare Policy Funding; Nutrition Provisions; Homeland Security Provisions; Agriculture Provisions; Transportation and Infrastructure Provisions; Education Provisions;  Environmental Provisions; Energy and Utility Provisions; Consumer Protection Provisions; Housing Provisions; Veterans; Technology, Broadband and Cyber

Governor Baker-Polito Administration VIDEO Updates - current and previous live-stream events

SHNS Coronovirus Tracker

Daily COVID-19 facts for Massachusetts from the State House News Service is currently free. Click here.

City of Newton COVID-19 Vaccine 



Get the answers you need!   It's Free.  Confidential.  Multilingual. Dial 2-1-1 or search online.

COVID-19 VACCINATION LOCATIONSSearch by zip code or by map.

COVID-19 WEEKLY PUBLIC HEALTH REPORT.  Alphabetical list town-by-town, color-coded.  Updated each Thursday by 5 p.m.


COVID-19 RELIEF BILLS in the Massachusetts Legislature

COMMUNITY TRACING COLLABORATIVE -  Getting a call and other information.  Click here 

How can I verify MA COVID Team or my local health department is calling? Calls from the MA COVID Team will use the prefix 833 and 857 and your phone will say the call is from “MA COVID Team.” Calls will be made daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Your local health department will use their local phone numbers to contact you.

City of Newton Health & Human Services Department information, orders, guidance and more 

Form to report COVID-19 compliance concerns.  




Massachusetts Bar Association's Dial-A-Lawyer

Call (617) 338-0610 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Dial-A-Lawyer is monthly on the first Wednesday

2021: May 5 ; June 2 ; July 7 ; August 4 ; September 1


  • What legal problem are you facing? 
  • Click here to use Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder.

Example: Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder  Guide Me - I have a housing problem interactive guide

Example: Housing Topic.  Find RAFT Program (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition)

New! Trial Court Help  Call 833-91COURT (833-912-6878)  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 


If you need to hire a lawyer:

  1. Get an instant online referral here
  2. Call us to speak to a trained LRS representative*
  3. (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.) at (617) 654-0400 or (866) 627-7577

Massachusetts: Virtual Court Services court users can receive face-to-face virtual assistance from court staff while remaining in the safety of their own homes.  Help with Housing, Land, Middlesex  Juvenile, Probate & Family Courts and much more.

American Association of Law Libraries.  Public Library Toolkit. Beginning with a section on general legal research, scroll down for STATE-SPECIFIC PUBLIC LIBRARY TOOLKITS.  Click on the state you need, example: Massachusetts, for listings with links to resources.



If you would like to use Ask a Law Librarian a question, you may chat, send an email, or request a document.

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries Document Delivery Service 

Locations and Contact Information for Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

Social Law Library

New! Ask  your Massachusetts public librarian to search Social Law Library databases

Massachusetts Public Libraries: LIBRARIANS LOGIN ONLY.


MASSterList - your go-to source for Massachusetts political news and commentary. Every day.

MASSterList.  News stories from Beacon Hill.  ALSO: Job Seekers: On Mondays, check the Job Board Listings!