Courthouse Libraries BC (CLBC) is pleased to announce extended hours in three heavily used branches. Nanaimo and New Westminster are scheduled to be open Fridays, and Kamloops will be open later until 4:00 pm.
Changes take effect April 3, 2018, at which time Kamloops, Nanaimo, and New Westminster will all be open full time, Monday to Friday, from 8:30-12:00 pm, 12:30-4:00 pm. Many branches are already accessible by lawyers in off-hours if they have made special arrangements. The extended official hours assures that members of the public and all lawyers have more access on Fridays, and that all clients in these locations can benefit from staff expertise for extended hours as well.
These improvements are made possible by funding from the Law Society of BC and Law Foundation of BC. CLBC’s vision is for lawyers as well as members of the public to have the legal information they need and the skill to use it. Now Kamloops, Nanaimo, and New Westminster will offer a similar level of in-person service as CLBC’s other regional libraries in Prince George and Kelowna.
Vancouver and Victoria branches continue to offer continuous uninterrupted staff assistance from Monday to Friday, from 8:30-4:30 pm.
“In person help from our law librarians is consistently ranked as one of the most valued services we offer”, said Kensi Gounden, CLBC’s Chief Executive Officer. “A lawyer can shave hours off their research time with the help of a law librarian’s expertise, and members of the public benefit immeasurably from a librarian who is trained in reference even if that guidance does not extend to legal advice.” Learn more about CLBC’s many services, including free CPD training and remote access to select subscriptions, at www.courthouselibrary.ca.