SERVICES: Since 1976, librarians in the Reference Center have assisted Montana's legislators and legislative staff by answering reference and research questions, obtaining and circulating materials such as research reports and state and federal legislation, and providing interlibrary loan services. Resources in the Reference Center focus on issues of current concern to the Montana Legislature.
CLIENTELE: In addition to serving the Legislative Branch, the Reference Center helps other state agencies and the general public with questions about Montana's legislative process. The public is welcome to use the collection for legislative research. Non-legislative researchers can contact the State Law Library (406-444-3660) for legal research assistance. Historical material, such as information about former legislators, is housed at the Montana Historical Society Library (406-444-2681).
LEGISLATIVE MATERIALS: The Center's collection includes the Montana Code Annotated (1895-), House and Senate Journals (1879-), Session Laws (1889-), papers of the 1972 Constitutional Convention; Montana legislative rule books (1925-), Lawmakers of Montana "Copper Books" (1957-), and session committee minutes (1979-).
PERIODICALS: More than 500 periodical subscriptions provide up-to-date information on economics, criminal justice, economic development, education finance, environmental policy, federal-state relations, health care, human services, state and local government, tax policy, and utilities. Click here to see a list of our current titles.
STAFF MEMOS: Memos written by Legislative Services Division (LSD) staff and selected memos from the Legislative Environmental Policy Office (LEPO) and Legislative Fiscal Division (LFD) comprise an archive of past research. Memos from 2000 forward are stored electronically on the Legislative Branch's Publications web page.
SUBJECT FILE: We have an extensive subject file of newspaper clippings and reports of current and historical interest. Search our online clippings index for articles dating back to 1995.
ONLINE CATALOGS: Online databases include our book catalog and periodical, newspaper, and memorandum indexes. We have access to MONTLAW, WESTLAW, and LEXIS for searching legal information, and also subscribe to the Montana Library Network (with access to OCLC's WorldCat) and other commercial databases to facilitate locating information held elsewhere.
The Legislative Reference Center is one of several state agency libraries. The Montana State Library maintains a list of other agency libraries.