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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.

What's New or Timely


Safer-at-Home Advisory from

Reopening Massachusetts  

National Governors Association.  Important resource for multiple topics.

Massachusetts Attorney General's Resources During COVID-19  Rights for workers, multi-lingual resources on earned sick time, proect yourself from frauds and scams, health care and insurance, child care and other resources for families, resources for immigrant communities, students and student borrowers, protecting your civil rights, small businesses, domestic violence and sexual assault resources.

Massachusetts Attorney Generals; COVID-19 Fraud and Scam Online Resources LIst

eResource: Consumers' Checkbook has new COVID-19 scam alerts.  Use your Newton resident library card to access through the A-Z List under our eResources tab on the homepage.

Federal Trade Commission Coronavirus Advice for Consumers.  Avoid COVID-19 scams

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Fraud Alert: COVID-19 SCAMS,  Scams to be aware to avoid.

U.S. Department of Justice Coronavirus Response.  Report consumer fraud

Massachusetts Law About COVID-19 from the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries for  help with Massachusetts legal issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Financial Assistance after a Disaster

For emergency relief bills and others, go to CONGRESS.GOV.

For dislocated worker grants, workplace safety and more, go to DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.




New! Trial Court Help Line The Help Line will be staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be reached by calling 833-91COURT (912-6878)

Massachusetts Bar Association's Dial-A-Lawyer

Free legal advice is offered on the first Wednesday of each month (occasional exceptions).

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

The next Dial-A-Lawyer Wednesday will be April 1, 2020 

2020: June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2 (there may be exceptions)

When you would like to hire an attorney for a fee and need a lawyer referral


  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


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



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.


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