State Law Library

 Main Library

​​The library serves the reference and research needs of the bench and the bar. As a publicly funded institution committed to access to justice, the library is open to all.​​​​​​​​​


​​Founded in 1827, the Rhode Island State Law Library provides research and reference service to the bench and the bar, to state agencies, to students throughout the area as well as to self-represented litigants and the general public. The library is open to all, and we encourage the use of and access to the library’s many resources. These include the laws of Rhode Island and other jurisdictions, case law from throughout the country, general reference materials, and state and federal government documents.

The main library is located in the historic Licht Judicial Complex, on the river’s edge in downtown Providence, an area that is rich in history and architectural heritage. Thanks to the generosity of The Champlin Foundations, a renovation project restored ​the former brilliance to the library and ensured that the library has a proper place in a building envisioned by the founders in 1933 as a “place not of splendor, but of quiet dignity.”

No longer just bricks and mortar, the library is a 21st century repository of print and electronic resources. We offer patrons a number of premier legal databases. Westlaw and Lexis are both available at all libraries.

Our reference staff is there to help you find the material you need. Please do not hesitate to call or ask at the reference desk for professional assistance. Please note that library staff cannot interpret material or give legal advice.​

 Contact and Hours

Licht Judicial Complex
250 Benefit Street 
Providence, Rhode Island 02903 
(401) 222-3275 telephone
(401) 222-3865 facsimile

​Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.​​