Why the law library stayed open

It was impossible for the law library to provide adequate notice to those who would be using the library during the carpet installation.  We could notify the court via email and post signs for those who visit the library frequently.  However, many who use the library have never done so before and as unknown members of the public we could not contact them directly nor did we have time to publish a notice in the paper.

By remaining open, even with limited access, we were able to provide  library services to all who visited the law library.  To have turned away those who expected to use the library would have greatly inconvenienced them.  We had attorneys who needed to run child support guidelines during a trial, an attorney who needed to redo a pleading, more than one Self Represented Litigant needed information on eviction from a rental due to foreclosure,  another Self Represented Litigant needed information on  a motion to stay a foreclosure,  and another needed to find information on an administrative appeal with the deadline for filing fast approaching.  This is just a sampling of the requests we get in the library everyday and the reason we felt it important that we remain open to the best of our ability.

I am glad we were not responsible for the possibility of perhaps adding one more frustration to someone’s busy life.

By Joan Bellistri

Law Library Director for the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library

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