State of Vermont’s Public Law Library on “Chopping Block” Along With Other Potential Cuts to State Library Services
Vermont’s law library is one of many programs potentially on the chopping block due to the state’s nearly $113 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2016. It is the only public law library in Vermont.
State Librarian Martha Reid said Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration asked her to make about $471,000 in cuts to her department in an effort to help close the shortfall. She said one of her proposed cuts is $153,153 for the law library, which is part of the Vermont State Library located next to the state capitol in Montpelier. Other proposed measures include cutting ties with the National Library Consortium, reductions to the library for the blind, reductions to travel and mileage for staff and cuts in subscription digital resources her department makes available to the public.
“It’s really an important resource,” she said. “Not only for the legal community, and that means the Attorney General’s Office and the judiciary and any member of the bar, but also any member of the public that needs access to legal materials.”
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