About the Fourth Circuit Libraries

Mission Statement

The mission of the Fourth Circuit Library system is to meet the research and information needs of all federal judicial and court staff within the five states of the Fourth Circuit. The library staff located throughout the Circuit perform and assist with research, provide training with online resources and services, and evaluate, select, organize and provide access to resources and services in print, online, and multimedia formats.

The Fourth Circuit Libraries were established to fulfill the research needs of the federal courts located within the five states of the circuit: Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Fourth Circuit Libraries support over 180 circuit, district, magistrate, and bankruptcy judges; and nearly 2000 personnel within the courts. In addition to serving the federal courts, we provide limited services to federal agencies, state and local courts, and members of the bar.

Certain locations are open to the public. Please call any individual library for more information.

Library locations are:

Lewis F. Powell U.S. Courthouse  
1000 East Main Street, 1st Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219 
(804) 916-2319
Walter E. Hoffman U.S. Courthouse 
600 Granby Street, Room 319 
Norfolk, Virginia 23510 
(757) 222-7044 
Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse 
401 Courthouse Square, 1st Floor 
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-5718 
(703) 299-3300 
Terry Sanford U.S. Courthouse 
310 New Bern Avenue, Room 776  
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 
(919) 645-1798
Edward A. Garmatz U.S. Courthouse 
101 West Lombard Street, Room 3625 
Baltimore, Maryland 21201 
(410) 962-0997 

Links to Government Resources

  • Understanding the Federal Courts
  • United States Courts:  court rules; policies and procedures; statistics; forms; fees; court records; resources for teachers, students, the media, jurors, legal professionals, researchers, and the government; court news; PACER information
  • Federal Digital System: U.S. Courts Opinions; Congressional and Presidential documents; Federal Register; U.S. Code; Code of Federal Regulations; and more in an official, authenticated system
  • Federal Judicial Center:  judicial biographies; court histories; and other court educational materials
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