On Monday, June 10th, 2013, the law library celebrated 122 years of service to the San Diego legal community.

We were in high spirits as we celebrated this momentous occasion at all branches with cake and good cheer!

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Established in 1891, the law library grew from a small collection of 15,000 books to our present volume of 125,000 books plus an extensive electronic database.

The law library enjoys a rich and vibrant history and culture in San Diego. Starting small in the Judges’ chambers in the courthouse in 1895, the law library collection grew and flourished under Leland Stanford’s leadership between 1951-1971.  Continuing with his successor’s improvements, the next Director, James Werner, undertook the task of re-classifying the law library’s collection following the Library of Congress’ classification system and in 1982, the law library began computerizing all library records.

Another landmark moment in our history occurred in 2011 under the leadership of current Director, John Adkins, who oversaw the successful renovation of our library building with modern technology and art. We re-opened our doors in February 2012 and celebrated with a Grand Re-opening Gala. View the recent history and photos of the law library on our website.