The law library provides materials related to practicing law, including books, journals and electronic databases.

The library is open to the public, with unlimited use of materials on site.

You can subscribe to the law library for a fee to receive additional benefits.  Find out more about subscribing.

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CLEs and other classes

The Anne W. Grande Law Library sponsors a CLE class every other month: September, November, January, March and May. Each CLE is one credit. These CLEs are free to attend and no registration is needed. This year, the series will be geared toward topics that judges in the Fourth Judicial District have indicated would be particularly helpful for law clerks. However, these CLEs are open to everyone. CLEs are held in room C-2350 in the Government Center 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  

These are the upcoming CLE classes.  For more information contact Becky Breyen at 612-348-7960 or becky.breyen@hennepin.us.


Mobile Device Security

Presented by John Carney
Thursday, May 25, 2017
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Hennepin County Government Center, room C-2350

John Carney, Esq. is Chief Technology Officer and lead digital forensic examiner at Carney Forensics where he has been assisting clients with electronic and mobile device evidence for the past eight years as an expert witness. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab with a Bachelor of Science degree and is a federally and state licensed attorney in Minnesota.

1 CLE credit approved
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Hours and directions

Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Closed Saturday, Sunday, and county holidays


The Hennepin County Law Library is located inside the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, between 3rd and 4th Avenues South.

Once inside the Government Center, go through security in the courts tower on the skyway level. Take the elevator to the 24th floor.


Light rail and bus

The blue and green light rail lines stop at the Government Plaza Station in front of the Government Center. Many downtown buses also stop along the streets surrounding the building.

Plan your route

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You must pay to park in downtown Minneapolis. You can park in nearby lots, ramps, or metered spots along the street.

Parking options

Copy, print and scan services; notary

You can make copies yourself for $0.10 per copy. Law librarians also provide document services for a fee.


A $5 handling fee applies to each order unless paying in full upon pickup. Copyright royalty fees may also apply.

  • Copy (mail or hold for pickup): $0.50 per page
  • Email (if available electronically): $10 per citation
  • Scan and email: $1 per page

Payment methods

The law library accepts cash and checks for copy/print/scan services. Non-subscribers must pre-pay for all document services.


The law library has a notary on staff. There is no charge for notorizing.

Loan periods, renewals and book return

Residents within 25 miles of the law library may check out up to two books for a refundable $40 deposit per item, twice per year. Subscribers have unlimited checkout privileges.

Statutes and digests

  • Two days
  • Three renewals allowed

Treatises, reporters and periodicals

  • One-week
  • Two renewals allowed

Minnesota reference materials (includes CLEs)

  • One-week
  • One renewal allowed

Popular library materials

  • Two-week
  • One renewal allowed


After-hours book return

Return law library books after hours using our drop box.  The box is located inside the northeast entrance by the security guard's desk, on the side of the building that faces the Government Plaza light rail station.

Computers, conference room and study room

Visitors can use law library computers for one hour per day to access the Internet, Westlaw and Lexis. Subscribers have unlimited computer access.

The law library has a conference room that can be used for no charge.  The conference room seats twelve and has a flexible table configuration.  Reserve up to 90 days ahead by calling 612-348-3022 or emailing lawlibrary@hennepin.us.

Anyone can use the law library study room at no charge (first-come, first served).  The study room is large enough for two people.

Leadership, staff, mission and history

The library gets its funds from court fees, user fees and the Hennepin County general fund.

According to Minnesota statute, a board of trustees governs the law library. View the statute (Chapter 134A). Trustees include three judges, three practicing attorneys and a member of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.

Board of Trustees meetings


The Honorable Kevin Burke, President
Fourth Judicial District Court Judge
Term expires: July 2020

Sonja D. Peterson, Esq., Vice-President
Practicing attorney
Term expires: September 2020

The Honorable Margaret Daly
Fourth Judicial District Court Judge
Term expires: February 2019

Commissioner Linda Higgins
Hennepin County Commissioner
Term expires: December 2020

Michael C. McCarthy
Practicing attorney
Term expires: August 2020

Timothy M. O'Brien, Esq.
Practicing attorney
Term expires: June 2017

The Honorable Patrick Robben
Fourth Judicial District Court Judge
Term expires: February 2019

Secretary to the board 

Karen E. Westwood, Law Library Director

Contact a trustee

To contact a trustee, write to:
(Board member’s name), care of law library director


Director:  Karen Westwood, karen.westwood@hennepin.us | 612-348-7977


Circulation:  Mary McDevitt, mary.mcdevitt@hennepin.us

Technical services:  Becky Breyen, becky.breyen@hennepin.us

Office specialists:

Law library mission

In support of access to justice, the Hennepin County Law Library ensures access to the body of law and legal materials for all.

2015 strategic plan fourth quarter report (PDF)


The law library began in 1883, when the Minneapolis Bar Association established it, using donated books from members. The library’s first home was a room in a building on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. Within its first dozen years, the library grew to 7,000 volumes, and fire destroyed it twice. The bar association rebuilt it both times with insurance proceeds.

In 1934, the bar association donated its 35,000 volumes to Hennepin County. Housed in various locations for much of its life, the library moved to its present space in the Government Center in 1976.

The law library is named for Anne W. Grande, who served as law librarian for 33 years, from 1975-2008.

Today, the library provides materials and assistance to over 13,000 people a year, both attorneys and members of the public, so they can research cases and issues related to the present-day practice of law.

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