November 2012 Bar Bulletin
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November 2012 Bar Bulletin

Law Library

Public Law Library Trims Collection

By Rita Dermody


King County Superior Court civil filings from which we derive our filing fee income are down 4.34% over the same time last year. Over the years, there seems to be a pattern that when the economy begins to recover, filings decrease. This creates a dilemma for the Law Library.

The Law Library receives $20 for each civil filing fee paid to King County Superior Court and $7 for each civil filing fee paid in King County District Court. These filing fees represent 72% of our income. In 2012, we are experiencing a 9% drop in income. As the filing fees decrease, the library must consider cuts in other areas in order to continue to provide necessary services.

We regularly examine how often titles are used and how much they cost. Recently, we took a close look at the cost of maintaining the statutes for all U.S. states. We determined that many state statutes receive little or no use. Consequently, we have cancelled our subscriptions to the print version of these statutes.

Access to the statutes is still available in the library through our Lexis and Westlaw subscriptions and through the Internet. We will continue to subscribe to Washington, of course, as well as Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New York, Ohio, Oregon and Texas. The remaining statutes will remain on the shelves for a short while.

We continue to examine the collection for areas that are not being used, as well as titles that we should purchase in order to serve our users. Your comments are appreciated. You may contact me at 206-296-0940.


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