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March 14, 2013

So Long, Blog

find_us_on_facebook_badge.gifDear loyal blog readers:

We are retiring the Utah State Law Library blog after more than four years and 800+ posts. The blog has been a great way for library staff to share library news, new forms, court resources and other law-related resources. But with a noticeable decline in blog readers we will now exclusively use our Facebook page to share news and announcements. Please 'Like' us!

As always, you can contact library staff with questions about self help resources on the Utah State Courts' website or about library resources.

Thank you for reading, and we look forward to seeing you on Facebook!

February 15, 2013

Law Library Closed on President's Day

96px-Abraham_Lincoln.jpgThe law library, and all Utah State Courts offices, will be closed on President's Day, Monday, February 18. Regular library hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) resume on February 19.

Utah city and county government offices are also closed on President's Day as well as many public libraries.

January 18, 2013

Law Library Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

440224358img1_medium.jpgThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, January 21, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular library hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) resume on Tuesday, January 22.

2013 marks the 50th anniversary since Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous I Have a Dream speech. You can watch a video of the speech online.

To learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr., visit The King Center, an online digital archive featuring the writings of the civil rights activist, including speeches, correspondence, and telegrams.

December 21, 2012

December Holiday Hours

fireworks1.jpgThe Utah State Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Tuesday, December 25th, and Tuesday, January 1st, for the Christmas and New Years Day holidays. Regular business hours (8:00 am to 5:00 pm) will resume the following day.

We will be open regular business hours on both Christmas Eve, December 24th, and New Years' Eve, December 31st.

December 05, 2012

Law Library Holiday Tree

Holiday Tree.jpgIf you visit the law library this month you'll see our holiday tree, located right behind our reference desk. The tree is composed of items from all parts of our print collection, including Utah materials, government documents, appellate briefs, reporters, and treatises.

The law library is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and is located on the first floor of the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse, 450 S. State Street, in Salt Lake City.

November 21, 2012

Law Library Closed on Thanksgiving

turkeyplatter2.jpgThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed Thursday, November 22 for Thanksgiving. Regular hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) resume on Friday, November 23.

If you're cooking the holiday turkey or bringing a dish to a family gathering, you may want to be aware of food safety. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has several resources about holiday food safety, including videos on food preparation.

November 08, 2012

Law Library at the Bar Fall Forum

logo.jpgAre you a Utah attorney? Are you attending the Utah State Bar's Fall Forum this Friday, November 9th at the Little America in Salt Lake City? If so, stop by the law library's table across from the registration desk. We will have information about our services for attorneys, including our document delivery service and databases available to use in our law library.

If you're not able to attend the Fall Forum, you can still learn more about us by visiting our website, contacting us directly, or by visiting us in the Scott Matheson Courthouse (450 S. State St., Salt Lake City).

July 20, 2012

Law Library Closed on Pioneer Day

800px-The_Mormon_pioneers_coming_off_Big_Mountain_into_Mountain_dell.pngThe law library, and all Utah State Court offices, will be closed next Tuesday, July 24th, in honor of Pioneer Day, a state holiday commemorating Mormon settlers' arrival to the Salt Lake valley in 1847. The law library will re-open on Wednesday, July 25th.

To learn more about this state holiday, visit the holiday's information page available on Pioneer, Utah's online library.

(Pictured: The Mormon pioneers coming off Big Mountain into Mountain dell. July 1847. Available from the Library of Congress' Prints and Photographs Online Catalog)

May 24, 2012

Law Library Closed on Memorial Day

American_flag_2011.jpgThe law library and all Utah State Courts will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

To learn more about Memorial Day, visit USA.Gov's Memorial Day page. Here, you will find links to sites about the history of memorial day and tips for safe memorial day celebrations.

April 04, 2012

Book Drive during National Library Week

book drive.jpgThis year the Utah State Law Library is celebrating National Library Week (April 8-14, 2012) with a book drive. The books will be donated to Books Inside, a Utah non-profit organization whose mission is "to ensure that quality books are available inside prisons and jails adding to the chance that incarcerated individuals may see other possibilities for the direction of their life experiences."

Visit your local Utah public library to learn what National Library Week activities may be in your area.

February 17, 2012

Law Library Closed on Presidents' Day

GW-portrait.jpgThe Utah State Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, February 20th in honor of Washington and Lincoln Day, a state holiday as designated by Utah Code §63G-1-101. This holiday is commonly known as Presidents' Day. Regular law library hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) will resume Tuesday, February 21st.

February 22, George Washington's birthday, was deemed a national holiday by the 45th Congress in 1879. Today, the third Monday in February is when our nation celebrates Presidents' Day - a day that some believe should still be referred to as the holiday celebrating Washington's birthday. To learn more about this holiday, see the National Archives' page on George Washington's Birthday. Or, for the longer version of this battle over when and what to call the holiday in February, read By George, IT IS Washington's Birthday by C.L. Arbelbide (available online from the National Archives).

January 12, 2012

Law Library Closed Monday, January 16th

mlk2005_noline.jpgThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, January 16, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular library hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) resume on Tuesday, January 17.

This holiday is also designated as the MLK Day of Service, part of the President's United We Serve initiative to increase community service and involvement. You can find a project to participate in. To find a volunteer project in Utah, visit the Utah Commission on Volunteers website.

December 19, 2011

Library Closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 2

winterutah.JPGThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed Monday, December 26, and Monday, January 2. The library and all Utah State Courts will return to regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Tuesday, December 27, and Tuesday, January 3.

Happy holidays!

November 22, 2011

Library Closed on Thanksgiving Day

Turkey_Pardon_2009.jpgThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving. Regular hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) resume on Friday.

Thanksgiving has been celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November since 1941. For more information about the history of Thanksgiving in the United States, visit the Library of Congress' Today in History page for November 25.

Interested in more Thanksgiving traditions? A curious holiday tradition happens at the White House the day before Thanksgiving: the presidential pardon of a turkey. On Wednesday, President Obama will pardon the national Thanksgiving turkey, just as he did in 2009 and in 2010. The text of the presidential pardons of the Thanksgiving turkey is available in the Compilation of Presidential Documents. The presidential pardoning was not a consistent tradition until 1989 by President George H.W. Bush.

November 10, 2011

Law Library Closed on Veterans Day

utahva.bmp The Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Friday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

Looking for information about benefits and services for Utah's veterans? Check out the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs website and our blog post on Federal Benefits for Veterans.

Another useful resource for veterans is the White House-sponsored Joining Forces website that provides links to veteran resources, including a job bank and volunteer opportunities. Governor Herbert also recently announced an initiative with the Utah Department of Workforce Services that aims to match Utah veterans and Utah National Guard members with civilian jobs using their military occupational specialty.

If you are looking for ways to celebrate veterans this year, the VA website lists upcoming events, including Veterans Day celebrations or check your local newspaper for event information.

October 07, 2011

Law Library Closed on Columbus Day

The Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, October 10 in celebration of Columbus Day. The designation of Columbus Day as a legal holiday in Utah can be found at U.C.A. §63G-1-301.

To learn more about Christopher Columbus and early exploration of American territory, visit the Library of Congress's American Memory page about Columbus Day resources.

August 31, 2011

Library Closed on Labor Day, September 5

Labor_Day.jpgThe law library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day. Our regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., resume Tuesday, September 7.

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, but many states, including Utah, made it a legal holiday before that. Utah declared Labor Day a holiday in 1892, four years before Utah became a state. Historically, Labor Day was a workers' holiday organized by labor unions and gave workers a chance to talk about their problems with management. While some states and local organizations still host Labor Day parades, now the holiday is often thought of as the last long weekend of summer.

For more about the history of Labor Day, check out the Library of Congress' Today in History for September 5 and the Department of Labor's History of Labor Day.

Today, all Utah holidays are codified in the Utah Code at 63G-1-301.

August 02, 2011

Library Classes on YouTube

youtube.JPGThe Utah State Law Library's classes are now available on YouTube.

These are the classes available on the Utah State Courts' YouTube channel:

  • Collecting a Judgment Basics
  • Guardianship of a Minor Basics
  • Guardianship of an Adult Basics
  • Landlord Tenant Basics
  • Small Claims Basics

If you have any questions, contact the law library.

July 20, 2011

Library Closed on Pioneer Day

pioneerday.bmpThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, July 25 in celebration of Pioneer Day.

Pioneer Day has been a legal holiday for over 100 years. In fact, Pioneer Day was designated a legal holiday many years before Utah became a state. You can read the entire law, which is codified in the Compiled Laws of Utah 1888 here. As you can see, it became a legal holiday in Utah Territory in 1882.

For more information about the history of Pioneer Day, check out the Utah History Encyclopedia.

July 06, 2011

Search Library Catalog with iPhone App

bookmyne.PNG You can now search the Utah State Law Library's catalog from your iPhone by downloading the free BookMyne app. After you download the app, search for "Utah State Law Library" or allow the app to access your location to retrieve a list of participating libraries. Don't see the law library listed? Simply enter the law library's address or name.bookmyne2.PNG Once you've selected the law library, search the catalog by keyword, title, author or subject.

If you're browsing a book store or another library and want to check if the law library has a copy of the book you're looking for, just scan the bar code using the iPhone camera. If the law library has a copy, the app will provide information about the book, including the call number.

July 01, 2011

Library Closed on July 4

4thofjuly.jpgThe Utah State Law Library and all Utah State Courts will be closed Monday, July 4 in honor of Independence Day.

The 4th of July became a designated Federal holiday in 1870. Today it is a legal public holiday that many State and private employers also recognize as paid vacations for employees.

To read about historical Independence Day celebrations, check out the Library of Congress' Today in History page.

A list of all state and federal holidays observed by the Utah State Courts is available here.

Have a question for the law library while we're closed? Email us or text us at (801) 432-0898 and we'll get back to you as soon as possible on Tuesday.

May 27, 2011

New Title: Utah Legal Research

UtahLegalResearch.jpg The first comprehensive legal research guide for Utah, Utah Legal Research, was recently published by William S. Hein & Co., Inc. This book was written by Utah State Law Librarian Jessica Van Buren, Reference Librarian Mari Cheney, and Justice Court Judge Marsha Thomas.

Topics include legislative and judicial resources, administrative law, Utah practice materials, tips for self-represented litigants and a guide to online legal resources. The appendices include a comprehensive list of secondary sources for further research and a bibliography of Utah judge memorials and profiles.

Stop by the law library to browse or read this title.

May 26, 2011

Library Closed on Memorial Day

2179841898_d33a2df4d5_t.jpgThe library and all Utah State Courts will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

According to Federal law, Memorial Day is a legal public holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday of May. See 5 U.S.C. § 6103.

For more information about the origins of Memorial Day, check out the Department of Veterans Affairs' website and the Library of Congress' page called "Today in History: May 30."

May 03, 2011

Law Library Photo Contest Winners

During the month of February law libraries across the country were invited to photograph all aspects law librarianship for the American Association of Law Libraries' 2011 Day in the Life Photo Contest.

A committee selects the three best photos in five different categories:

  • Librarians as Information Evaluators and Managers
  • Librarians as Expert Researchers
  • Librarians as Teachers and Trainers
  • Librarians as Trailblazers in New Technology
  • The Artistry of Librarianship
  • Most Humorous

We were thrilled to learn that one of our entries got second place in its category, and another won its category!

This photo - Running Down the Details - won second place in the Librarians as Information Evaluators and Managers category.
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This photo - Preparing for Parenthood - was voted the best photograph in the Librarians as Expert Researchers category.
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You can see all the winning entries on the AALL website.

We also submitted several other photos. All of our entries are posted on our Facebook page.

February 17, 2011

Law Library Closed on Presidents' Day

president.jpgThe law library, along with all Utah State Courts and other state and federal government offices, will be closed on Monday, February 21st, for Presidents' Day.

Presidents' Day, or Washington's Day, has been celebrated the third Monday of February since the enactment of the Uniform Monday Holiday Law in 1968.

For more information on the history federal holidays, see Federal Holidays: Evolution and Application, a publication by Congressional Research Service.

January 13, 2011

Library Closed January 17

mlk.gifThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, January 17, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular library hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) resume on Tuesday, January 18.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of this federal holiday. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights leader in the 1950s and 1960s. He won the Nobel Peace Prize and was influential in the peaceful protest movement to abolish segregation. To read more about him, check out the Library of Congress' page Today in History: January 15. More information about Dr. King is available online at the federal government's MLK Day of Service site and at The King Center's site.

December 20, 2010

December Holiday Hours

Poinsettia.jpg The Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Friday, December 24 and Friday, December 31. Regular court hours remain in place Monday through Thursday both of the last weeks of December from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 24, 2010

Law Library Closed on Thanksgiving

Turkey_Pardon_2009.jpgThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed Thursday, November 25 for Thanksgiving. Regular hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) resume on Friday.

Thanksgiving has been celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November since 1941. For more information about the history of Thanksgiving in the United States, visit the Library of Congress' Today in History page for November 25.

Interested in more Thanksgiving traditions? A curious holiday tradition happens at the White House the day before Thanksgiving: the presidential pardon of a turkey. Today, President Obama will pardon the national Thanksgiving turkey, just as he did last year. You can read the presidential pardons in the Compilation of Presidential Documents. The presidential pardoning was not a consistent tradition until 1989 by President George H.W. Bush.

November 09, 2010

Law Library Closed on Veterans Day

utahva.bmp The Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Thursday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Regular library hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) resume on Friday, November 12.

Looking for information about benefits and services for Utah's veterans? Check out the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs website and our blog post on Federal Benefits for Veterans. The VA website also lists upcoming events, including Veterans Day celebrations. If you're looking for other Veterans Day events, check out the University of Utah's Veterans Day Commemoration or your local newspaper for event information.

October 07, 2010

October Holiday Hours: Columbus Day

The Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, October 11 for the Columbus Day holiday.

Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1971; the first recorded celebration in the U.S. took place on October 12, 1792, 300 years after Columbus' landing.

For more information about Columbus Day, check out the Library of Congress' page about the holiday or the Library's online exhibition, "1492: An Ongoing Voyage."

August 31, 2010

September Holiday Hours: Labor Day

Labor_Day.jpgThe law library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, September 6 for Labor Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday, September 7.

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, but many states, including Utah, made it a legal holiday before that. Utah declared Labor Day a holiday in 1892, four years before it became a state. Historically, Labor Day was a workers' holiday organized by labor unions and gave workers a chance to talk about their problems with management. While some states and local organizations still host Labor Day parades, now the holiday is often thought of as the last long weekend of summer.

For more about the history of Labor Day, check out the Library of Congress' Today in History for September 5 and the Department of Labor's History of Labor Day.

Today, all Utah holidays are codified in the Utah Code at 63G-1-301.

July 19, 2010

July Holiday Hours: Pioneer Day

pioneerday.bmpThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Friday, July 23 in celebration of Pioneer Day.

Pioneer Day has been a legal holiday for over 100 years. In fact, Pioneer Day was designated a legal holiday many years before Utah became a state. You can read the entire law, which is codified in the Compiled Laws of Utah 1888 here. As you can see, it became a legal holiday in Utah Territory in 1882.

For more information about the history of Pioneer Day, check out the Utah History Encyclopedia.

June 30, 2010

July Holiday Hours: Independence Day

4thofjuly.jpgThe Law Library, as well as all Utah State Courts, will be closed Monday, July 5 in honor of Independence Day.

The 4th of July became a designated Federal holiday in 1870. Today it is a legal public holiday that many State and private employers also recognize as paid vacations for employees.

To read about historical Independence Day celebrations, check out the Library of Congress' Today in History page.

A list of all state and federal holidays observed by the Utah State Courts is available here.

May 26, 2010

Library Closed on Memorial Day

2179841898_d33a2df4d5_t.jpgThe library and all Utah State Courts will be closed on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day.

According to Federal law, Memorial Day is a legal public holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday of May. See 5 U.S.C. § 6103. In 1950, Federal law changed the date of celebration from May 30 to the current date. However, some states continue to hold Memorial Day celebrations on May 30.

For more information about the origins of Memorial Day, check out the Department of Veterans Affairs' website and the Library of Congress' page called "Today in History: May 30."

April 16, 2010

Book Drive Update

IMG_3838.jpg Today is the last day of our National Library Week celebration, as well as the last day of the Utah State Law Library's book drive for Catholic Community Services' Weigand Center. So far, over 400 books have been donated, as well as a variety of magazine titles. Thank you to everyone who has donated!

February 09, 2010

February Holiday Hours: Presidents' Day

The Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, February 15, for Presidents' Day. Regular library hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) resume on Tuesday, February 16.

In 1879, George Washington's birthday - February 22, was deemed a national holiday by the 45th Congress. Today, the third Monday in February is when our nation celebrates Presidents' Day - a day that some believe should still be referred to as the holiday celebrating Washington's birthday. For the long version of this battle over when and what to call the holiday in February, read By George, IT IS Washington's Birthday by C.L. Arbelbide (available online from the National Archives).

February 05, 2010

Classes available on DVD

DVD.jpgIf you're a regular reader of our blog, you know that we hold a variety of classes in the law library, including Small Claims Basics, Collecting a Judgment Basics and Guardianship of a Minor Basics. These classes are now available on DVD.

If you're in the Salt Lake City area, you can come to the law library and view these classes on one of our public computers. We have two pairs of headphones available for you to use, or bring your own.

You can also purchase a DVD at the law library for $2 each. If you request the DVD to be mailed, the cost is $5 per DVD, including shipping fees.

Interested in viewing or purchasing a DVD? Contact the law library for more information.

January 15, 2010

January Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

mlk.gifThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, January 18 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular library hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) resume on Tuesday, January 19.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights leader in the 1950s and 1960s. He won the Nobel Peace Prize and was influential in the peaceful protest movement to abolish segregation. To read more about this civil rights leader, check out the Library of Congress' page Today in History: January 15. The federal government also has a site dedicated to MLK Day as a day of service that includes a longer biography.

January 12, 2010

Copy Services for Prisoners

prison.jpg If someone you know is incarcerated and needs law library resources, let them know that the Utah State Law Library provides copy services for prisoners. Our brochure on services for prisoners provides information about copy and mail fees and the type of services we provide. Note that we do cannot do legal research on the prisoner's behalf. If a prisoner is incarcerated at either the Draper or Gunnison prison, we do not charge to mail the request. The only charges incurred are the 25¢/page copying fee.

Our services for prisoners are not limited to Utah. We accept requests from prisoners anywhere.

Be aware that we cannot process requests until the prisoner has enough money in his or her account to cover the costs of copying, and when necessary, mailing costs. We accept payment from prisoners by check. Friends and family may add money to the prisoner's account with cash, credit card, or check. Checks should be made out to the Utah State Law Library.

If you have any questions about this service, contact the law library.

December 21, 2009

December Holiday Hours

IMG_2936.JPGThe law library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.

For quick reference, here are the law library's hours for the last two weeks of December:
Monday, Dec. 21: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 22: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 23: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 24: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 25: CLOSED

Monday, Dec. 28: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 29: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 30: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 31: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 1: CLOSED

December 11, 2009

Call, Email, Text & Chat!

meebo.bmp Contacting the Utah State Law Library just got easier! In an effort to expand services to users both in and outside the Salt Lake City area, we've added a number of ways to contact us for legal reference questions, class sign ups and document delivery requests. Besides calling and emailing the law library, you can now also contact us via chat and text.

Chatting with us is as simple as visiting our Contact Us page and entering your question in the Ask Us box. Law library staff will answer your chat questions 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or, if you have AOL, Google Talk, MSN or Yahoo IM service, make note of our user name and send us a message through your instant messenger account.

Rather text than chat? Text us at 801-432-0TXT (801-432-0898) and we'll respond via text during business hours: Monday though Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Of course, we still answer phone calls and emails. Call us at 801-238-7990 or email library@email.utcourts.gov.

Finally -- you can also find us on Facebook. There, you'll find class and event reminders, an RSS feed of this blog, and law library photos. You can also chat with us from our Facebook page. Just click on the "Chat with Us" tab or find the chat box on our main page. We also welcome comments and suggestions on our Wall.


December 04, 2009

Happy Birthday, Blog!

x aall simple_marketing.jpgOne year ago the staff of the Utah State Law Library launched this blog. Since then we've had well over 200 posts ranging from new court forms to backyard chickens to consumer protection issues.

Thank you for joining us - we are looking forward to sharing many more posts with you in the future!

November 24, 2009

November Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving

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The Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Thursday, November 26 in celebration of Thanksgiving Day. Regular library hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) resume on Friday, November 27.

The first presidential proclamation about Thanksgiving was made by George Washington in 1789. He declared the 26th of November as the date of celebration. In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed that the last Thursday in November was a national holiday. Finally, in 1941 Congress and President Truman proclaimed the fourth Thursday of November the legal holiday that it is today.

November 09, 2009

November Holiday Hours: Veterans Day

vets.jpgThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Regular library hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) resume on November 12.

November 11 has been a legal holiday since 1938, when an Act was approved to primarily honor World War I veterans. In 1954, President Eisenhower issued a proclamation declaring that the day be set aside to honor all veterans. For more information about the history and significance of Veterans Day, check out the Department of Veterans Affairs page.

In addition, the Library of Congress has sponsored the Veterans History project and provided access to interviews, memoirs, and photographs of veterans of various wars.

Many Veterans Day celebrations are being held around the state on November 11, including the University of Utah's Veterans Day Commemoration.

October 08, 2009

October Holiday Hours: Columbus Day

The Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, October 12 in celebration of Columbus Day.

Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1971; the first recorded celebration in the U.S. took place on October 12, 1792, 300 years after Columbus' landing.

For more information about Columbus Day, check out the Library of Congress' page about the holiday.

July 21, 2009

July Holiday Hours: Pioneer Day

The Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Friday, July 24 in celebration of Pioneer Day.

Pioneer Day has been a legal holiday for over 100 years, and was even on the law books for the Territory of Utah.

For information about the history of Pioneer Day, check out the Utah History Encyclopedia.

June 30, 2009

July Holiday Hours: Independence Day

The Law Library, as well as all Utah State Courts, will be closed Friday, July 3 in honor of Independence Day.

The 4th of July became a designated Federal holiday in 1870. Today it is a legal public holiday that many State and private employers also recognize as paid vacations for employees.

To read about historical Independence Day celebrations, check out the Library of Congress' Today in History page.

June 05, 2009

Getting to the Matheson Courthouse

Traveling to the Matheson Courthouse? Parking and travel information have recently been added to the Courts' website, including a virtual map: just enter your start address and you'll get driving directions.

If you're looking for directions to another courthouse, click on Court Contact Information and select the Court you want to visit. Under each Court address, you'll see a link to "View Map," which opens up a map with the location of each courthouse. At this screen, enter your start address to get driving directions.

May 22, 2009

The Library Road Show Report

We're back from our library road show. We met with librarians, court staff, and the public throughout Southeastern Utah, with stops in Price, Moab, Monticello, and Mexican Hat.

The librarians were trained on court resources, especially those available for free, so they could become navigators of the Courts' website for their own patrons. Library patrons attended public information sessions, where we focused on resources for self-represented parties, including OCAP, other court forms, and the Self-Help Center. We encouraged librarians and patrons to call with any legal reference questions, emphasizing that we are a state-wide law library. We also met with court employees to share resources and brainstorm about how to update employees in rural areas with new forms and changes to Court resources.

One of the most interesting visits was with an attorney practicing on the Navajo Reservation near Mexican Hat. While he represents clients mostly in Navajo court, he occasionally refers people living outside of the reservation in Utah to district court. We provided him with information about the Courts' website and the Self-Help Center.

May 20, 2009

Celebrating Memorial Day

2179841898_d33a2df4d5_t.jpgThe library and all Utah State Courts will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

According to Federal law, Memorial Day is a legal public holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday of May. See 5 U.S.C. § 6103. In 1950, Federal law changed the date of celebration from May 30 to the current date. However, some states continue to hold Memorial Day celebrations on May 30.

For more information about the origins of Memorial Day, check out the Department of Veterans Affairs' website and the Library of Congress' page called "Today in History: May 30."

April 28, 2009

Say Cheese!

During the month of February law libraries across the country were invited to photograph all aspects law librarianship for the American Association of Law Libraries' 2009 Day in the Life Photo Contest.

A committee selects the five best photos in five different categories:

- Librarians as Information Evaluators and Managers
- Librarians as Expert Researchers
- Librarians as Teachers and Trainers
- Librarians as Trailblazers in New Technology
- The Artistry of Librarianship
- Most Humorous

We were thrilled to learn that two of our entries were finalists ... and one was a winner!

This photo - Blended Reference - was voted the best photograph in the Librarians as Expert Researchers category.
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This photo - Simple Marketing - won third place in the Artistry of Librarianship category.
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We submitted several photos that didn't make it to the finals. We will post these on our blog and our Facebook page soon.

February 10, 2009

February Holiday Hours

The law library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on President's Day, Monday, February 16. Regular library hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) resume on February 17.

January 12, 2009

Holiday Hours in January

The law library, as well as all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, January 19 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Regular library hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) resume on January 20.

December 17, 2008

Holiday Hours

Dec. 22: 8 am - 5 pm
Dec. 23: 8 am - 5 pm
Dec. 24: 8 am - 5 pm
Dec. 25: CLOSED
Dec. 26: 8 am - 5 pm

Dec. 29: 8 am - 5 pm
Dec. 30: 8 am - 5 pm
Dec. 31: 8 am - 5 pm
Jan. 1: CLOSED
Jan. 2: 8 am - 5 pm

The Matheson Courthouse is also open during regularly scheduled hours except for Christmas and New Year's Day.

December 04, 2008

Welcome to the Utah State Law Library's blog!

Check back often (or add us to your RSS reader) for updates on new titles; additions to Self-Help Resources, including forms; and alerts when new briefs are added to the collection. We'll also be featuring new Federal documents and discussing legal research tips.

Each week, we'll let you know what the wireless password is that allows wireless access in 11 courthouses throughout Utah.

We'll also be using the library blog to notify you when the library is closed for a Federal or State holiday.