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Free Law Services

Lawyer in the Library provides free one-on-one legal advice from Maryland Legal Aid lawyers. Types of issues include:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Child custody
  • Divorce
  • Expungement (removing convictions from criminal records)
  • Foreclosure
  • Government benefits
  • Landlord/tenant
  • Wills/tenants

Lawyer in the Library is available to financially eligible individuals. Learn more about Maryland Legal Aid's income guidelines.

Connect In Person

Maryland Legal Aid attorneys, paralegals, law students, and volunteer attorneys will be on site at select branches providing brief, one-on-one advice for a variety of civil legal issues.

Customers are helped on a first-come, first-served basis, no appointments necessary.

In-Person Sessions

Connect Virtually

Lawyer in the Library is available by email at virtualcommunitylawyer@mdlab.org or by phone at (443) 451-2805. Please include your name and legal issue in your email or voicemail, and your message will be returned within 48 hours.

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Social Worker in the Library


Get free, one-on-one advice on a variety of social issues, by online video or telephone.

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Government Documents


The Central Library manages the State Publications Depository and Distribution Program, including documents from all State agencies.