There will be a public hearing next Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at San Francisco City Hall to discuss whether the City will provide adequate space for the San Francisco Law Library. A couple of weeks ago, the library filed suit against the City over this problem.
I'm quoting the library's press release in full below. This is very important; if you are in San Francisco please consider participating. The library director, Marcia Bell, asks that we all RSVP to her if we can attend. See below for details.
On March 27 at 10 a.m. in room 250, the Board of Supervisors Budget & Finance Committee is scheduled to consider a proposal to lease only 20,000 square-feet of space at 1200 Van Ness Avenue. The City is proposing to move the Library here eventually after the Veterans Building closes in May.Questions? Please call us at 415-554-6821.
The Law Library had proposed leasing 30,000 square-feet as the absolute minimum the Library needs to function, house its collection, and effectively serve the public. The City proposal is grossly inadequate.
Please come on March 27 to City Hall to speak for a minute or two in support of the Library and explain why it needs appropriate funding and space to preserve public access to legal resources. The hearing will be held in Room 250, starting at 10 a.m.
This is the first ever public hearing about the Law Library’s space. Given the lack of understanding and interest on the part of the city up until this point, this hearing could make all the difference. The supervisors really need to hear from the people who need and care about the library.
If you or anyone else is interested in attending this meeting, please email the Law Library director, Marcia Bell, at marcia.bell @ sfgov.org so we can put you on the list and provide further details. We will reconfirm the time and location. We are anxious to get the word out to as many people as possible—please pass the info along to any one you can.
For additional information about the Law Library's fight for sufficient space and pending litigation against the City, please visit the Library’s homepage at www.sflawlibrary.org.