Libraries and Access to Justice


“As you may know, Pro Bono Net completed a webinar series entitled “Libraries and Access to Justice” where we explored tools and collaboration models between civil legal services, law libraries and public libraries. The series highlighted statewide websites as key resources for connecting library patrons with legal resources and referrals. We had 396 participants, representing over 40 states.

In case you missed the webinars, you can view them on our Libraries and Access to Justice resource site. Here you will also find a list of the resources and links provided by the presenters and volunteered by participants.  There is also a “Frequently Asked Questions” section- reflecting questions participants posed throughout the series.  You can also view summaries of each webinar through our blog posts.

If you are interested in continuing the dialogue this series started, the Public Libraries and Access to Justice list serve is open to webinar participants and other interested parties.  Sign up information can be found on the Libraries and Access to Justice resource site under “Other Training and Partnership Resources.”

We hope to continue providing trainings and discussions on the variety of collaborations models throughout the country; if you would like any help identifying and connecting with the stakeholders in your community or thinking through possible colorations, do not hesitate to contact us.  Regardless, please let us know of any legal services/library collaborations in your state, so we can share them with others in the community.”

By Joan Bellistri

Law Library Director for the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library

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