The end of law libraries?

Almost three years ago, I wrote about the evolution of law libraries. Many people I spoke with believed the law library would never go away, although the physical space might shrink as more and more research is done online.

Kresge Law Library, University of Notre DameBut a New York law professor believes law school libraries, at least, are going the way of the dodo.

“Legal education in the United States is about to undergo a long-term contraction, and law libraries will be among the first to go,” writes James G. Milles of SUNY Buffalo Law School in a paper published last week.

Milles attributes the decline of law school libraries to “the dual crises facing legal education”: the economic crisis affecting the job market and “crisis of confidence in the ability of law schools to meet the needs of lawyers.”

Milles does not believe libraries will disappear overnight but instead will erode over time as law schools continue to face budget issues.

What do you think—will future law school students have a library to visit?

(HT: The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog)

One thought on “The end of law libraries?

  1. As retired judge sitting at least 6 months per year on trial and appellate courts, I I would rather read from a book than a computer.

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