Miami-Dade Law Library sees an increase in usage

first_img May 15, 2011 Regular News M iami-Dade Law Library sees an increase in usage Usage at the Miami-Dade County Law Library, Miami’s only public law library, is up 22 percent, thanks in part to a fundraising effort chaired by Lyle Shapiro of Richman Greer.Although the law library is a resource for practicing attorneys, the primary motivation of the fundraising effort was to ensure that the public, including those who cannot afford attorneys, have the resources they need to protect themselves. Shapiro said without access to a public law library for legal information, an essential element to our system of justice, equal access to the courts is denied.Shapiro and his committee recently finished raising a total of $350,000 to help keep the law library’s doors open. The library receives no state funding but does receive 25 percent of certain criminal court costs to defer expenses. The balance was raised through this fundraising campaign from local law firms and individual attorneys. Without private funds, Shapiro said, the library would cease to exist.The law library has a collection of over 80,000 volumes with Westlaw and Lexis on public terminals and HeinOnline. Monies go toward staff expenses, maintaining the library, online and print subscriptions, computer and equipment upgrades, etc.In the last year, the number of pro se users has increased 22 percent from 900 to 1,100 monthly. Approximately 2,000 attorneys a month use the library. Miami-Dade Law Library sees an increase in usagelast_img