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    Supreme Court Library
    500 South Duval Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    850.488.8919



    In addition to more than 117,000 volumes, the Supreme Court Library houses many historical documents related to the development of the Florida Supreme Court.


    On August 13, 1974, the Florida Supreme Court Library became a designated federal depository library.

    “This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)”

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    The Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

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    A comprehensive datatbase of law journals, reviews and legal periodicals.

    Hours and Location:

    The Supreme Court Library is open to the public Monday - Friday, excluding Court Holidays, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    The Court is located in downtown Tallahassee, Florida, directly across from the Capitol building. The mailing address is:

    The Supreme Court Library
    500 South Duval Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399

    History:

    Early court records indicate the Florida Supreme Court Library, which is now located in the south wing of the Supreme Court Building, has been in existence since 1845. The oldest state-supported library in Florida, it is primarily one for legal research.  It was originally designed for the use of the Supreme Court and the attorneys who practice before it and continues to have that as its primary purpose.

    Until the 1885 Constitution was amended in 1956, the clerk of the Supreme Court also served as librarian. Since 1956, under section 25.341, Florida Statutes, the Supreme Court has had a librarian whose sole responsibility is administering the library.

     

    Materials:

    The library has more than 130,000 print volumes.  The books circulate only to the offices of the Supreme Court justices.

    The library’s collections include an extensive selection of primary Florida legal materials, going back to before statehood, and a large selection of secondary Florida materials, including treatises and encyclopedias.  The collection also includes primary and secondary federal materials, and secondary materials dealing with the law in all 50 states.  The library has been designated a federal depository library for legal materials published by the Government Printing Office, and also has an extensive collection of historical law of the United Kingdom. 

    Public terminals are provided with access to online legal-research materials. The Library subscribes to Westlaw and HeinOnline to assist the public with legal research.


    Staff Contacts:

    Librarian
    Billie J. Blaine
    Reference Librarian
    Teresa Farley

    Catalog Librarian

    Jeffrey Spalding
    Administrative Assistant
    Jill Harrell
    Archivist
    Erik Robinson
    Library Main Number
    850.488.8919
    Library Fax Number
    850.922.5219
    Library E-Mail library@flcourts.org