Grayson County Law Librarian Shannon Teichmann stopped by the Grayson County Commissioner’s Courtroom Tuesday to tell county leaders the law library is open for business again.
The Judge RC Vaughan Law Library was moved from its former spot on the north side of the building on the second floor to a smaller space on the south side of the building on that same floor.
Teichmann said the move included downsizing the library’s physical collections because a number of the sets of books hadn’t been kept up to date in recent years.
The reason for that, she said, is that those books, and many more in the world of legal research, can now be found on the internet.
Switching to internet use of those books frees up space and makes the process of using the material easier for the non-lawyers who use the library most often.
Teichmann said there are still some attorneys who come into the law library, but most of the people she sees are lay people who need a legal document or form. She said she can provide them those forms or show them where to access them on the computer without all of the space that was available in the room across the hall.
That space, Grayson County Judge Bill Magers reminded everyone Tuesday, will soon be used to welcome the county’s Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 staff and offices across the street from the Justice Center.
The space previously used in the Justice Center by JP 1 will be used by the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office and the Grayson County District Clerk’s Office.
Magers said the moves are being paid for with one-time capital improvement funds taken from the county’s reserves. He said that is better than the county having to continually pay for new facilities as the county’s workforce grows.
The Law Library is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Teichmann said she is happy to show anyone how to access the information contained in the library or available online, however, she is not an attorney and can not give legal advice.