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Court of Common Pleas Law Library
The Law Library strives to fulfill the legal research needs of the judicial system at the trial court level. The Law Library is open to the public.
 
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REFERENCE: Court rules, dictionaries, directories, legal encyclopedias, etc.
 
 
STATUTES: Federal laws passed by Congress and laws passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly
 
 
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: Federal and Pennsylvania regulations issued by administrative agencies/departments
 
 
REPORTERS: Case law reporters containing the opinions of the Federal courts, the various Pennsylvania courts, and some Federal and Pennsylvania administrative agencies
 
 
TREATISES: Books containing analysis, commentary, and forms on specialized subject areas of Federal and Pennsylvania law may be found through the usage of the Law Library's online catalog.
 
 
FORMBOOKS: These books provide sample wording and/or formats for trial and appellate court procedures, and for specialized subject areas, such as contracts, divorce, etc..
 
 
JOURNALS: The Law Library subscribes to all Pennsylvania law school reviews and some publications of the American Bar Association.  Most journals can be researched by using HeinOnline.
 
 
MUNICIPAL and TOWNSHIP ORDINANCES: As of 1977, the Law Library is the recipient of the ordinances proposed and/or passed by the municipalities and townships located within Berks County. The Law Library only receives those ordinances that the municipalities and townships choose to file with the Law Library.