If you are interested in access to justice, that is, justice and fairness within our legal system, then you might think about ways public law libraries can be put to use to help people. There are two articles (PDF files) you should read: The Evolution of the Public Law Library and The Future for Public Law Libraries.
A colleague of mine, Laureen (Adams) Kelly, co-authored The Evolution of Public Law Libraries. Laureen is a lawyer and law librarian who has pioneered a wonderful public law library found in the local courthouse in Albany, Georgia. After you read her article, visit her public law library website where you will see her words in action:
Through our online legal subscriptions, patrons who visit the Library can access legal materials from all states and all federal jurisdictions at no charge. The library has many form packets for self-represented litigants that can be purchased at the library or downloaded from our website for free.
The Dougherty County public law library sits about 1 city block from the local office of Georgia Legal Services Program, the free legal aid provider for low-income Georgians. Laureen connects users of her law library to legal aid and other help resources.
How does your courthouse law library compare?