In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all Law Library locations are currently closed to the public. If you need legal research assistance, reference librarians are still available to serve you. Please e-mail your inquiry to or call 312.603.5423 and leave a message for the reference department.

Para evitar la propagación de COVID-19,  Cook County Law Library (la Biblioteca de Derecho) está cerrada al público. Si necesita asistencia de investigación legal, los bibliotecarios de referencia están disponibles para servirle. Envíe su consulta por correo electrónico a o llame al 312.603.5423 y deje un mensaje para el departamento de referencia.

Resources for Self-Represented Litigants

Note: This page offers free internet resources for people representing themselves in court. In addition to highlighting free legal resources available on websites, the Cook County Law Library offers free access to excellent legal resources at the Daley Center location and at our five branch locationsTrò chơi bắn cá. Check the to find specific titles.

Trò chơi bắn cáSelf-represented litigants in Cook County can also access free legal information, advice, and referrals by calling the  (CARPLS) Legal Aid Hotline at (312) 738-9200.

  •  - The Reference Center contains books, written in plain English, about the law and how to handle legal situations. General legal forms are also included. This subscription service is available for you to use at home or office, 24/7. Login info is provided.

Topical Information

  •  - A web-based resource for information about your legal rights and responsibilities. Search for articles and forms for all types of frequently encountered legal issues in over 25 areas of law. Includes resources organized by practice area and a comprehensive . Online assistance is available. Also includes .
  •  - 12 topics ranging from business to disaster services. From the Illinois State Bar Association.
  •  - Links to lawyer referral services, free legal assistance and legal information. 
  •  - Includes information on family law, autos, consumer law, real estate, workplace, and healthcare law.
  •  - Legal information arranged by topic. Includes useful charts and articles. From National Center for State Courts.
  •  - Links to the sources of the law and , a legal dictionary/encyclopedia.


  •  - Searchable and fillable Cook County Circuit Court forms.
  • - From the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC)
  •  - Written in plain English with accompanying administrative and litigation related forms.

Court Procedure

  •  - Information about court procedure and evidence. Provided by Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO).
  •  - Forms, guide, and instructions for filing case in federal court.
  • - Information on fee waiver procedures. From Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO).

State Legal Information

  •  - Chapters on how to read a legal citation, basic legal research techniques, and a glossary of legal terms with emphasis on Illinois law. From the Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL).
  •  - Lists nonprofit legal aid providers in other states to help find information related to housing, work, family, bankruptcy, disability, immigration and other topics.

How to Research Legal Issues

  •   - Provided by the Legal Information Service to the Public Special Interest Section, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
  • : - State-specific information on how to conduct legal research. Provided by the Legal Information Service to the Public Special Interest Section, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
  •  - Provided by the Legal Information Service to the Public Special Interest Section, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).
  • - A guide from the University of Chicago D'Angelo Law Library providing an overview of the United States legal system, resources for legal research, and bibliographies of helpful titles.
  • - A collection of free resources including links to more than 50 topical research guides. Provided by the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library.

Attorneys: Help Desks, Legal Assistance Providers, and Referral Services

  •  is a free, online legal advice clinic where qualifying low-income Illinois residents can ask a volunteer lawyer a question about a civil (non-criminal) legal problem. 
    Visit for more information and to see if you qualify to use the service. 
  •  - Resources on how to get free or reduced cost legal aid in Cook County.
  •  - Selection of links to legal aid providers in Chicago, suburban and downstate areas compiled by the Illinois Attorney General’s office.
  •  (pdf) - Chicago Bar Foundation guide to legal aid in the Chicagoland area.
  •  - Legal self-help center staff can help you find useful information on your legal problem, but cannot provide legal advice. Links to agencies in counties outside of Cook.

Courthouse Help Desks

Trò chơi bắn cáThere are many free help desks in Chicago and suburban courthouses.

    • (Skokie)
    • (Rolling Meadows)
    • (Maywood)
    •  (Bridgeview)
    • (Markham)
  • Chicago Bar Foundation Legal Help handouts
    •  (PDF) - Chicago resources including those in and near the Daley Center
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If you believe you need the professional legal assistance of an attorney and want to hire an attorney, there are services to help you find legal representation. The following is a selected list of lawyer referral services and directories. The bar association referral services will match the caller with an attorney working in caller’s particular area of interest. Generally, the initial meeting involves a minimal cost to cover the administrative costs of the referral service. Before the meeting, check with the lawyer if there is any fee for their time/service. During or after your initial consultation, the lawyer will discuss the legal fees required to handle your matter. With these services there is generally no obligation on your part or the lawyer's to go beyond the first initial telephone contact or meeting.

  • - (312) 554-2001
  • - (312) 546-3282
    • A network of independent lawyers offering lower cost services, often including fixed fee or flexible representation options
  • - (312) 630-1157
  • (Illinois State Bar Association) - (800) 922-8757
  • North Suburban Bar Association (224) 935-6016
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association (224) 404-4845
  • South Suburban Bar Association (708) 633-9700
  • Southwest Bar Association of Chicago (708) 371-4930

The following sites are searchable directories of attorneys:

  •  - Search for law firms by location and practice area. Provided by U.S. News & World Report and American Lawyer.
  •  - The official source for checking on the registration and disciplinary background of attorneys licensed to practice in Illinois.

Disclaimer: The Cook County Law Library website is a public resource of general information which is not intended to be used as a source of legal advice. Consult a licensed attorney from your state for legal advice.

Trò chơi bắn cáCompiled by Jean Wenger

Trò chơi bắn cáUpdated March 2019 by David Sanborne

Revised August 2020 by Jenik Nichols