May 17, 2022

San Francisco: “Law Library Supporters Lose Space Debate”

Note: Here’s an update to an infoDOCKET post about the San Francisco Law Library on October 19, 2012 and a Library Journal article by Meredith Schwartz from February 15, 2013.

From the San Francisco Chronicle’s “City Insider” Blog (March 27, 2013):

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance subcommittee approved a resolution stating that 20,000 square feet is enough space for the law library at a new location on 1200 Van Ness Ave., after hearing at least two hours of public comments from lawyers and library patrons supporting the library’s demands for 30,000 to 35,000 square feet of space that the site could provide.

The new lease would cost the city nearly $560,000, more than double what the library pays at its current home in the War Memorial Veterans Building across from City Hall.


San Francisco lawyer Mary Catherine Wiederhold was one of several attorneys who said the library’s services are an essential alternative to online legal resources that can cost hundreds of dollars a month.

“Not everything legal is online, we need the books,” she said. “I need the law library to research specific issues.”

Read the Complete Report 

San Francisco Law Library–SF Board of Supervisors, Budget and Finance Subcommittee (130227)

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