San Mateo County: Law library in crisis over inadequate funding

From The Almanac

” Financial problems stemming from an unreliable funding mechanism are threatening the viability of county law libraries in California, including the 100-year-old San Mateo County Law Library in Redwood City, according to a recent report by the county’s civil grand jury.That library, located at 710 Hamilton St. in downtown Redwood City, is free and open to the public. The library’s collection and its staff are resources for legal professionals and students, but also for those trying to navigate the legal system without a lawyer.Along with cutbacks on subscriptions to legal publications and databases, the library is no longer open on weekends or evenings, a full-time employee was cut to part-time, and four part-time positions were eliminated as was the library’s lecture series and an in-library lawyer assistance program.”