Law and Government


Apply online to receive a Library Card Number that you can use immediately to access our eCollection and public computers.  This card number is good for 2 years.  Visit any Memphis Public Library with your documentation requirements listed below to check out physical items. (Customers age 13 and up are invited to apply online.)

Visit our Start Here page for more details on obtaining a Library Card.

law and legal resources

This resource, managed by the Business/Science Department of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, links to Codes, Court Decisions, Free legal assistance and Self-Help guides. Visit HERE and browse the various pages.

government publications

The Memphis Public Library is part of the FDLP (Federal Depository Library Program).  It includes material in paper, microfiche, DVD, and electronic documents.  The documents are located in the Central Branch Departments and in a storage facility on site.  Please ask a reference librarian if you need more help in finding a particular document or the information that you need. We also have a wealth of information online HERE.

immigration and citizenship

Find information about the Library’s Citizenship Corners located at select libraries as well as links to frequently used forms, resources for citizenship practice tests, and more. Click HERE for more information.

informed voter

We have pulled together this information in the hopes of creating a clearer picture of just who we vote for and when we vote for them. For each office, we aim to answer a few questions. Who? Area Served? Term Limits? Next Election? During election season, we’ll also include links to campaign websites and facebook pages. Visit HERE to browse this resource.


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