State Library to consolidate its print collection and making unwanted volumes available to the public
Matt Roberts, Director of Communications
Phone: (602) 542-2228
PHOENIX – In its continued effort to modernize the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records into the 21st century, the State Library of Arizona is consolidating its print law journal collection to a core collection of materials relevant to Arizona. The Library will be discarding the non-Arizona related law journals that are currently available online as well as its collection of international law materials.
The library will be offering the materials removed from its collection to the public free of charge beginning October 17. The books will be displayed in the Con Cronin Commons, just outside of the library. The books available cover a wide range of topics, including Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, and numerous other topics. The public is welcome to take any of these books for free.
The law journals being discarded will remain available to Library patrons digitally through the library’s Hein Online subscription, or through other online resources.
“We are excited to continue our effort to embrace the digital future,” said Holly Henley, Arizona State Librarian. “These print books have outlived their usefulness in the law library, and we are pleased to make them available for others to fill gaps in their collection, or repurpose for decoration or book art.”
The removal of these books marks a transformation of the library collection, which will focus on digital resources to better meet the needs of the legal community. Currently, the library subscribes to Hein Online, Westlaw, ProQuest Congressional, and many other online databases. The State Library of Arizona has also recently completed a large-scale digitization project of the Journals of the Arizona House and Senate and the Arizona Session Laws. These unique Arizona materials are freely available through the Arizona Memory Project.
The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records is a division of the Secretary of State.