Help Save Connecticut’s Courthouse Libraries

Over the last few months, AALL and the Southern New England Law Librarians Association (SNELLA) have been working closely together to oppose funding cuts and the announced closure of six of the fifteen courthouse libraries in Connecticut. We urgently need your help to save these law libraries.

On December 23, AALL and SNELLA sent joint letters to Connecticut’s Governor Rell and to the leadership of the Appropriations Committee strongly opposing the decision to close the law libraries. Judge Quinn, Chief Court Administrator, explained in testimony before the Appropriations Committee that the closures had become necessary because the Executive Branch cut $12.9 million from the budget for the Judicial Branch.

AALL and SNELLA are sponsoring online petitions to save the courthouse libraries in Bridgeport, Hartford, Litchfield, Milford and Norwich. The sixth library, at the Willimantic Courthouse, is unstaffed and its small collection will likely be moved to the local public university.

The closures of Connecticut’s courthouse libraries will prevent attorneys, judges and members of the public from accessing the up-to-date legal information they need. It will also place a heavy burden on pro se litigants, who may not be able to get to another courthouse library if the one closest to home is closed. We need your help to demonstrate that there is broad support for keeping these libraries open.

If you live in Connecticut, please sign each one of these important petitions. If you’re not a Connecticut resident, please pass this message along to your friends, family and colleagues who live in the state.

Thank you in advance for spreading the word and helping to save Connecticut’s courthouse libraries!

[Posted by Mary Alice Baish and Emily Feldman]

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