Law Library

The Madison County Law LIbrary and Legal Self-Help Center is available for in-person appointments or remote assistance. If you need to make an appointment or require assitance, please contact the Law Library staff at 618-296-4900 or email us at

You may now do your legal research from home. Westlaw is available through a free trial to all patrons by registering here:
*Temporary access provides patrons with 20 hours of legal research time over 45 days.  Patrons will have access to resources from our primary, secondary, and litigation collections on Westlaw Edge. Temporary Access Instructions can be found here.

The Madison County Law Library has been at its present location in the basement of the Courthouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, since September, 1994.  The Madison County Board maintains the library with advice from the Circuit Judges as defined at 55 ILCS 5/5-39001.  The Circuit Clerk collects a fee on all civil cases filed to support the library.  The library is a public facility, open to all.

The Madison County Law Library provides access to legal reference and research materials for the state of Illinois and Federal proceedings. The library also provides public access to Westlaw, a legal research database on three computers.  Patrons can research statutes, cases, and find forms through Westlaw on a state and federal level.

All of the library materials may be photocopied, however only judges and attorneys with an Illinois law license may check out materials.  Photocopies are 10 cents per page.  Services include call-in copying, emailing materials, monthly billing for copies, and assistance with computer research.  


Angela Wille
Madison County Law Library
155 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Monday – Friday  8:30am – 4:30pm
(618) 296-5921