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California Judicial Center Library Celebrates 150th Anniversary

The California Judicial Center Library (CJCL) is nationally recognized for its collections. Today, transitions to digital services are preparing the Library for the next century.
Apr 17, 2019

Founded in 1868 by a legislative act "to provide a law library to the Supreme Court," the California Judicial Center Library (CJCL) holds more than 200,000 volumes of federal and California legal resources, and handles more than 800 in-depth requests a year from justices, attorneys, and judicial assistants.

In addition to the California Supreme Court, the CJCL now serves the First District Court of Appeal, and the Judicial Council.

The 150th anniversary was celebrated at the library's location in the Ronald George State Building in San Francisco. Looking forward, library staff will continue their ongoing efforts to digitize collections and creating more space for study areas.

We want to bring the library into the 21st century because its a place of service, and not just a storage facility.

—Donna Williams, Director of the California Judicial Center Library