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7 Law Sch. Bull. 1 (1937-1938)

handle is hein.journals/lwsbdu7 and id is 1 raw text is: LAW SCHOOL BULLETIN
DUKE UNIVERSITY
VOL, 7, NO. 1       Edited by the Law Library Staff        OCTOBER, 1937
LAW SCHOOL LIBRARY SERVES WIDE AND VARIM) PUBLIC
According to the annual report of Mr. Roalfe, the Law School Librarian
recently made public, the Law School has continued to hold its lead .ith' the
largest law school library in the South. Over 4,000 separate items (exclu
sive of periodicals currently received and items of temporary value) were
acquired during the past year, bringing the total for the collection to
57,406 bound volumes. In addition to the regular current growth, consider-
able progress was made in strengthening the Library's holdings in several
important classes, among which are the collections of American statutory
materials, legal periodicals, bar association publications and state attorney
general reports. The Library is now fairly well equipped for most ordinary
legal research work, but much remains to be secured for various special
fields of study, as well as for the upbuilding of an adequate legal histori-
cal collection.
The report this year calls special attention to the fact that the Li-
brary serves a much wider public than is usually suspected, for although
it is a law library and a department of the Law School, the fact should not
be lost sight of that the Library is open for service during the entire
summer, although the Law School is not in session. Thus the Library is a
department that must function effectively every month in the year, and a
number of weeks in the ummer are among the busiest, for it must respond
to the demands of (1  Law School faculty members, several of whom do inten-
sive work each summer; (2) students preparing to take the examinations for
admission to the bar and those doing independent work; (3) the Legal Aid
Clinic, which is in continuous operation; (4) Law and Contemporary Problems,
for which some work must always be carried on in the summer, and finally.
(5) the Library staff itself for, regardless of the limited extent to which
the library is being used at any given time, its development requires an
unbroken continuity,
But the foregoing list accounts only for the extension throughout the
summer of the more usual demands of the regular academic year. Mention
should also be made of several classes of persons embraced within the larger
group that is served by the Library, namely, (1) non-Law School faculty
members and students who use the legal collection in connection with
specific courses requiring reference work in the Law Library; (2) graduate
students doing advanced work dependent in whole or in part upon the use of
legal materials, and (3) such members of the legal profession as find the
Library useful to them in connection with their practice.
During the past year 42 persons have given books, pamphlets., and other
materials to the Zibrary, thus materially assisting in its development
through the addition of valuable individual books, important reports, in-
teresting pamphlets, and periodical numbers helpful in completing sets.
In order to facilitate the work of the reference department the Library
carries on an aggressive cataloging program. To date over 170,000 separate
catalog cards have been prepared and filed in the public catalog in the Law

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