After many months in transition, The Charlotte School of Law Library will be re-opening to our attorney members and to the public at 9:00am, Monday, March 31st.
Background: The Library closed to the public last August in preparation to move from our Suttle Avenue location to Charlotte Plaza in uptown Charlotte. Upon arrival at Charlotte Plaza, the Library was temporarily located on the 12th floor until our new space on the 4th and 5th floors was completed. After the holidays, we moved into our new space and began the setting up and settling in process. The staff worked diligently to get their offices unpacked and their work spaces squared away. The Circulation and Tech Services departments discovered that a great many books were shelved incorrectly so a major shifting project began, which was just completed earlier this month.
We are still awaiting the final touches for our grand staircase and adjacent seating area on the 4th floor, but the Library is definitely open for business. With an increased number of study rooms, two designated research zones, and additional casual seating located throughout, our students have been utilizing the space in ever greater numbers.
From the number of inquiries, which have steadily grown over the last several months, we know that many people are looking forward to visiting the Library again. For our public patrons, the process remains the same. You may visit the Library once per week, Monday – Friday, between 9am and 5 pm. You must have a valid legal reason to request access to the Library and you will need a government issued photo ID. There will be times when the Library is closed to the public, such as assessments and exams. Please check the calendar on our website to make sure we are open if you are planning to visit.
The process for our attorney members has changed slightly. As in the past, attorneys may purchase a quarterly or annual membership for a very reasonable price which has not changed over the past five years. For details, please see here. In the past, membership cards were issued, however these will no longer be recognized. Attorney members will be asked to present their NC or SC bar membership card as well as their driver license or a valid government issued photo ID. If they choose not to become a Library member, attorneys may still utilize the Library as a public patron.
We are happy to be able to share our Library again and appreciate everyone’s patience!
~ Julie Morris ~