CARLISLE — The Cumberland County Law Library will move from the courthouse to nearby Bosler Memorial Library thanks to an agreement the county commissioners approved Monday.
“We’re really excited about this — probably more excited than people should be about something like this — but we really feel like this is going to open the law library for the citizens,” Court Administrator Melissa Calvanelli said.
Some books have disappeared from the library because of lack of supervision at the courthouse, and maintaining the library takes court staff time that could be better spent elsewhere, Calvanelli said.
Now, Bosler’s information services staff will be trained to help users navigate the collections of legal volumes, Bosler Executive Director Jeff Swope said.
“For us, it’s a very exciting opportunity to expand what we have in a very reasonable way,” Swope said.
Books will now be accessible through interlibrary loans, and the Cumberland County Library System will provide access to the Westlaw legal research database online, he said. The physical law library will be accessible whenever Bosler Memorial Library is open.
The county will provide the library with $25,000 in start-up costs, such as staff training and physically moving the books, Calvanelli said. There will be no effect on the county’s general fund because of cost-savings in other areas, she said.