Library resources

The Library holds more than 50,000 items in various formats.  In pursuit of our mission to assist constituents in finding relevant information regardless of its physical location, we provide access to an increasing number of external electronic resources through our online catalog.   

In 2004, the Librarians undertook a digitization project of NCSC’s publications as PDF’s. The result is the eCollection, which is a digital repository for NCSC employees, ICM students, judges, court administrators and clerks, legal researchers, and others interested judicial administration. The 20 collections in the eCollection highlight the unique and critically important work of NCSC employees, initiatives, and projects. To orient you to searching and discovering content in the repository is the eCollection User Guide.

As dictated by the Center's Records Management Policy, the Library is the official repository of all official National Center for State Courts publications, reports and studies.

State Justice Institute

In 2011, the State Justice Institute (SJI) selected the NCSC Library as the official repository for all SJI grant - funded reports and products. Therefore, SJI materials are a significant portion of the collection, and can be accessed both via the catalog and the eCollection.

Library services

In addition to serving the information needs of the Center's staff, the Library also loans resources and provides photocopy services directly to members of the court community, such as judges, court administrators, court clerks, and other court personnel. Please contact the library regarding photocopying fees and postage.

Others are encouraged to request library resources using the interlibrary loan service available through their employer’s library or another library with which they are affiliated.

We are also happy to provide basic reference service to court personnel. Please bear in mind that our staff is small and must strictly limit the time spent on reference requests.


To request use of any NCSC materials please contact the librarian.

Library policy

For faster service when submitting a request, please be prepared to provide the author and title of any resource you wish to borrow and the author, article title, journal title, volume, and page numbers of any article you wish to have photocopied. 

Loans are granted for a period of thirty days and may be renewed for an additional thirty days on or before the due date.  Materials are generally shipped via UPS Ground, although photocopies may be delivered by fax.

Individuals assume all responsibility for resources loaned to them, therefore, we ask that you do not loan items you have borrowed from the Center's Library to others.  The borrower of record may be held financially responsible for any lost or damaged items.

Renewals may be requested via telephone or e-mail.  Materials should be returned via UPS, FedEx, or U.S.P.S. Insured Mail with Delivery Confirmation.  If using insured mail, please insure each package for at least $100.00.The Library reserves the right to recall any item prior to its due date.Pleased be advised that resources loaned by the National Center for State Courts Library may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States of America (Title 17 U.S. Code) which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Collection development policy

Recently, the Library adopted a Digital Collection Development Policy (April 21, 2017), which supports its continued efforts and objective of enhanced accessibility to digital resources. This Digital Collection Development Policy is associated with the Collection Development Policy but it directly concerns collections in the digital collections. These are collectively called the eCollection.

NCSC Library Features:

The Library begins a new series featuring NCSC publications produced and/or written by employees.  We feature three publications from NCSC employees:

  1. Cheesman, F., S. Graves, K. Holt, T. Kunkel, C. Lee, and M. White (2016).  "Drug Court Effectiveness and Efficiency: Findings for Virginia." Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly 34, no. 2: 143-69.
  2. Raaen, N. (2015). "The Caseflow Management Maturity Matrix: A Self-Assessment Tool for Trial Courts." U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.
  3. Raaen, N. (2017). "Open and Transparent Judicial Records in the Digital Age: Applying Principles and Performance Measures." In C.E. Jiménez-Gómez and M. Gascó-Hernández, eds., Achieving Open Justice Through Citizen Participation and Transparency. Hersey, PA: IGI Global.