Explore the Legal Information Reference Center

Maybe Gomez Addams, lawyer and patriarch of the ghoulish Addams Family, wouldn't have been voted "Least Likely to Pass the Bar" if he'd had access to the Legal Information Reference Center.

With this handy database, anyone with a legal issue (and a Denver Public Library card) can find the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to address a wide range of topics including:


  • Business law
  • Financial planning
  • Family law
  • Property & real estate
  • Rights & disputes 
  • Intellectual property

You'll find over 13,000 state-specific legal forms and over 310 full-text publications such as Beat Your Ticket: Go to Court & Win, Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees, Boundaries & Noise, and The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System.

I was thrilled to see all 485 pages of Getting Permission, an invaluable tome that answers, in simple language, copyright and fair use questions pertaining to photographs, art, music, images and trademarks.

You can print out basic forms, such as rental agreements, wills and patents, and you can also access checklists for starting a small business, filing for bankruptcy or carrying out executor duties.  

DPL cardholders also have access to Gale Legal Forms, downloadable, printable forms that comply with the laws of Colorado, as well as Legal Trac, an index to articles in major law reviews and journals, legal newspapers, federal and state cases, and laws and regulations.

All of these have apps available for iphone and Android.

Please contact Reference Services, located on the third floor of the Central Library, for all of your information needs: 
•Phone: 720-865-1363; TTY: 720-865-1480
Ask Us (virtual chat reference) 
By Appointment

Written by Lisa on December 6, 2013


Anonymous on December 6, 2013


Wow, that sounds like a fabulous resource, Lisa! Thanks for sharing!

Leigh Ann on December 9, 2013


Great blog, Lisa--thanks for sharing. However, please note: DPL librarians cannot advise, recommend or answer what legal form(s) or course of action one needs to follow, fill out, submit, and so forth--for specific legal information, please contact an attorney, or for free legal assistance, contact the Colorado Law Project at www.law.du.edu/clp

FrankW on December 11, 2013


Gomez Addams was an attorney?!?! Never knew!

Anonymous on January 29, 2014


I like this a lot. They are a lot easier to obtain than many other options available to attorneys. court of protection lawyer

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