Tuesday, February 14, 2012
A one-stop shop for legal information and documents reopens to the public this week in San Diego. The County Law Library has undergone a $4 million makeover in the past year. You can't miss the building downtown-- its located right next to the county jail.
You don't have to go inside to see this once windowless building now has a view to the streets and eventually a public park when the county courthouse is razed in a few years. Walk inside and it smells like fresh paint and new furniture.
John Adkins has been director of the Law Library for a year-and-a-half. "I want every single person to know in San Diego County that they have a Law library and they can come here and find solutions to their problems.
This library is for anyone interested in learning how the law works. From dealing with foreclosure and eviction to starting your own business or fighting for custody of a child, Adkins said. "So what we do is take them to the resources they need, so they can actually do it themselves."
The money to upgrade this 54 year old building comes from court fees when someone files a lawsuit. There's new meeting space, upgraded computers and video projection screens that drop from the ceiling. Another fundraiser is planned February 25th to recoup some of the costs.
There are three other law libraries around the County -- Chula Vista, El Cajon and Vista.