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This article discussed about the use and awareness about the open access legal resources in the state of western Maharashtra region in India. Researcher tried to find out the awareness, sources of awareness, among law students about open access legal resources i.e. JUDIS (Judgment Information System), Bombay High Court Judges Library, Supreme Court Judges Library (SUPLIS), India Code Information System, Indian Kanoon Legal Information Institute of India. Then researchers revealed the data about the frequency and purpose of using these resources. Research finds out the user perception about quality of open access resources from users’ point of view and subsequently, discussed the satisfaction level of users and problems being faced by the students during use of these resources. Study reveals that (44.5%) respondents were from LLB program and 60.7% respondents were aware about these resources. It also reveals that (65%) respondents were using India kanoon, 77 (20.8%) users using National Digital Library portal, 74 (19.9%) respondents using Bombay High Court Judgments, 67 (18.1%) Supreme Court Judges Library. social media, Teachers and Library Staff are main sources of knowledge. 191 (46.5%) responses mentioned as Less awareness about open access legal information resources. Henceforth, law librarians should be taking initiatives for making awareness among law students by conducting more library orientations and extra library lectures and 44.9%) respondents replied with good comment for quality of open access resources in users point view and 61.7% respondents were satisfied. Most of users using open access resources by as and when required.