The number and variety of law books now in use is so great that lawyers can not hope to possess relatively more than a very few. Law school libraries and bar association libraries can not afford the purchase of but a small fraction of those available for the use of the profession. The publication of new law books continues to grow from year to year. Several thousand appear each year, most of which can be made available for the use of the legal profession only through the facilities of the larger law libraries. Thus has come about the development in the larger libraries of library services and library facilities designed to assist those lawyers whose office libraries are limited to the bare necessities of practice, and whose limited materials for research constitute a serious difficulty to them. While law school and bar association libraries may not be able to supply all of the desirable research materials, they do provide most of the important ones. Books are to be found there which the lawyer, himself, cannot afford to own. The law library performs its first service in collecting and preserving the basic materials of legal research, common as well as rare, popular as well as scientific, and in making these books available to all who may have need of them.
Service Through Books,
10 Wash. L. Rev.
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