Ask the County Law Librarian — Law Library Closing for Move; Re-opening March 1

Q. What’s going on at the Law Library? There is yellow caution tape across the stairs to the second floor, which is closed to the public, and there’s a whole lot of banging and clanging going on up there!

Ted D.

A. Sorry about the noise and disruption, Ted! We’re doing our best to keep it quiet, but the sound you hear coming from the second floor is the result of having workers dismantle our rather large shelving units–we’re preparing for our move to a new facility about two blocks on the other side of the courthouse.

The Law Library and Civil Self-Help Center will be closed starting at noon on Friday February 10. We expect to open in our new location at 609 9th Street (corner of 9th & “F”) on or about March 1, 2012. Until February 10, if you need any material on our second floor, please don’t hesitate to ask a reference librarian—we’d be happy to run upstairs and get it for you!

While we’re closed, you can still visit our website at for a wealth of information, including sample forms and instructions for navigating a variety of common legal procedures. Our website may be down for a couple of days while we move our computers, but you can “like” us on Facebook or “follow” us on Twitter for the latest details on when that might happen, and exactly when we will re-open.

You may also visit the Witkin State Law Library of California or the Yolo County Law Library, which are the two nearest law libraries open to the public in the Sacramento area. The Yolo County Law Library has graciously volunteered to remain open an extra hour, until 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday for the month of February to accommodate our patrons.

Again, we apologize for any disruption in service, but we sincerely hope you will visit us in our new location and that the many amenities of 609 9th Street (including abundant street parking!) will make you think it was worth the wait!

Do you have a question for the County Law Librarian? Just email If your question is selected your answer will appear in next Thursday’s column. Even if your question isn’t selected, though, I will still respond within two weeks.

Coral Henning, Director
@coralh & @saclawlibrarian

  • William Burg

    Is there a plan in place for future use of the old Law Library/Hall of Justice building? It would be a shame to see such a beautiful treasure of a building sitting vacant.

  • Bill Burgua

    Coral, hope your move goes smoothly and you new location works even better for your folks to serve the public


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