LIBRARY'S FINANCIAL DISTRICT BRANCH CLOSED PERMANENTLY AS OF MARCH 5, 2012
The Law Library closed its branch library in the Monadnock Building at 685 Market Street as of March 5th. Comprehensive library and reference services will continue to be provided at the main Law Library located in the Veteran’s War Memorial Building near City Hall. Hours at the main Law Library at 401 Van Ness Avenue will be extended to provide the same hours as currently available at the branch. Additional computer terminals dedicated to legal research will be added in the main library, along with new work tables to accommodate former users of the Financial District Branch.
Library trustees and staff deeply regret that the Financial District Branch must close, but the lease for the space is up this spring, and the Law Library simply cannot afford current market rental rates, while income continues to decline and legal information costs soar. The Law Library is financed by court filing fees, which have declined 14% since last year and 20% since 2009. The Law Library’s commitment to serving the public hasn’t changed, but closing the branch will enable it to conserve resources to provide comprehensive services at the main library.
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RELEASES LEGISLATIVE HISTORIES
The U.S. Department of Justice has released digitized legislative histories to the public. Formerly, they were available in print exclusively for DOJ staff. Digitized legislative histories for more than two dozen federal acts are available here.