National Library Week

This week, the Robert S. Marx Law Library joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise.

April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.

Library programs encourage community members to meet to discuss civic issues, work together using new technologies like 3D printing or learn along side one another in English language classes. Library staff also partner with other civic and service organizations to actively engage with the people they serve, always striving to make sure their community’s core needs are being met.

At the Robert S. Marx Law Library helps lead the community by providing access to e-books and other e-resources; making faculty scholarship available through our digital repository (180,435 downloads and counting); online legal research guides that are available 24/7; video tutorials on legal research for a variety of subjects that are available 24/7; and expert instruction in finding and using legal resources no matter what the format. Libraries advocate for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning. Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life.

Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.

Libraries are cornerstones of democracy, promoting the free exchange of information and ideas for all. They also foster civic engagement by keeping people in formed and aware of community events and issues.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information, visit us on the third floor of the College of Law, call 556-3016, or visit the library’s Web site at  Libraries hours are Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 5:00PM. Law students, faculty, and staff have 24/7 access to the library and its many resources.


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