7 J. Legal Educ. 235 (1954-1955)
How One Law Library's Perennial Problem Influenced the Building Program

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The purpose of this department is to afford an opportunity for in-
formal exchange of ideas on natters related to legal education. Typi-
cal comments will range from about 1200 to about 3000 words in length,
and may either advocate innovations in curriculum or teaching 1n eth-
od or respond critically to previously published material. As a general
rule, the authors will gladly answer inquiries and, to the extent avail-
able, upon request supply copies of vtaterials referred to.
Within the last three years the whole subject of new buildings for all
kinds of law libraries has been dealt with exhaustively. Plans, construction
work, furnishings, decorations, lighting, even the move from the old to the
new building have been thoroughly discussed in conferences, institutes, and
round tables. The subject has, furthermore, been covered by bibliographies
(including check lists) and articles both long and short. It seems that the time
has come to vary the descriptive type of article with one of another approach.
It might be more helpful now to point up how functional the new library has
proven to be after a few years of experience.
Difficulties met in the old library control the building program for the new
structure. There is one problem that is common to almost all institutions,
especially state supported institutions-that of lack of funds which results
in lack of staff. To meet all conditions, a library must be adaptable to these
financial vicissitudes presented by the variables.
When planning an addition to the Law School of the University of North
Carolina, the directives given the architects centered around the need for
adequate space and attractive surroundings, but at the same time it was made
clear that the lack of adequate staff would have also to be taken into consider-
ation. These were the specifications:
1. Make the library as compact as possible to conserve energy and
strength of staff and readers.
2. Plan a self-service library that permits the maximum use of facili-
ties for the maximum time.
3. In the work areas, consider the efficiency of the service groups.
This article will explain how these orders were executed and whether the
finished product has begun to solve the problems that were so acute under
the old order.
* Law Librarian, University of North Carolina School of Law.

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