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I am not a lawyer, I am the nation’s only Judgment Broker. This article is my opinion, and not legal advice, based on my experience in California, and laws vary in each state. If you ever need any legal advice or a strategy to use, please contact a lawyer.

Most people are not lawyers and do not work at law firms. Many judgments are too small to be cost effective to hire a lawyer to recover them. Recovering judgments can require non-trivial legal procedures and paperwork, and when people want to research their own legal matter, law libraries can be very useful.

Many counties have law libraries, that are usually either part of, next to, or near a courthouse. Most are sponsored in some way by a local bar association. Law libraries are usually not crowded, especially in this economy. While law libraries are designed for lawyers and mostly lawyers use them, almost all of them allow nicely dressed, polite, and quiet mortals to have access to everything.

Usually, there is just one or two workers on duty at law libraries. While they can answer questions, they are not there to train you. Law libraries are designed for you to show up, do your research, then leave when you are done. Almost always, the workers are very polite. When they have time to be, they are usually very helpful.

Law libraries have a vast quantity of legal resources, that allows you to get information and answers for many questions related to any legal matter, including judgment recovery. Many have judgment recovery books for every state. Most libraries have computers where you can (at least on a limited basis) access Westlaw, Lexis Nexis, and similar sources. This lets you locate public records that may show your judgment debtor’s assets. Expect to pay a nominal charge to use their printer.

Libraries have information on a vast number of topics including bond claims and what it takes to collect against them, Rutter’s BK Practice guide, sample motions, laws, and the case law that discusses them. In California, the Pleading And Practice books are very useful. Most have thousands of books that would cost a fortune to buy.

There are a few judgment enforcers that discreetly and primarily run their judgment enforcement business mostly at law libraries. When needed for meetings, some enforcers rent rooms there for a nominal rate. Sometimes they meet judgment owners and judgment debtors at the courthouse or the recorder’s office, which are both usually very close to a law library.

If you use a library to do your business on a regular basis, you need to be quiet and respectful, and perhaps bring donuts or bagels at least once a week. If there is a time limit for how long you can stay per day, you could find another law library near you.

Libraries always have copy machines you can use for a nominal fee. If you bring your laptop, some even have a printer connection so you can print out your agreements and documents. At (e.g.) 50 cents per page, it is probably cheaper than driving back and forth to your home or office. One can meet people at a law library, and there is usually a nearby place to get documents notarized.

Because many libraries are very close to a court, in places where parking next to the court is difficult to find or too expensive, some people park at a law library when they need to make a short visit to the court. That is usually not allowed, however it happens every business day. Law libraries are underutilized and very valuable for everyone with a legal matter to research.

Importance of Libraries

Man’s quest for knowledge has led to the creation and accumulation of tremendous amount of information. This quest for knowledge knows no bounds and limits and is never satisfied. It has continued since the dawn of civilization to the modern age. This hard-earned knowledge and information is valuable for the entire mankind and therefore liable to be preserved. With the invention of paper man has been able to convey this knowledge to others by writing books. Thousands of manuscripts have been written by the wise men of the earlier times but many of them were destroyed due to the lack of proper means of preservation.

Libraries are established for the systematic collection, organization, preservation and dissemination of knowledge and information. It is very important for man to preserve and maintain the valuable knowledge and information contained in the books and documents because we want to preserve our knowledge and wisdom for the coming generations. By preserving the documents in a library this knowledge can be made available to others so that they can benefit from it. Establishment of libraries is not a new concept. The oldest library dates to around 2700 years ago in Sennacherib’s Palace in Nineveh which shows how long ago the concept of leaving a piece of your wisdom behind started being formed into the organized collection to preserve the work.

With the invention of printing press, it became easier to preserve the knowledge in the form of printed documents. This led to the generation of a large number of books. The need for the preservation and dissemination of information led to the establishment of more and more libraries. Thus libraries acquired a great importance in the civilized society for education and research. Libraries play a vital role in the development of any society by enhancing the cause of education and academic research. They cater to the information needs of thousands of peoples.

The development of Science and Technology (S & T) in the last two centuries has led to an information explosion. Rapid changes have taken place at a great pace. In order to meet the growing needs of users the library system has been greatly improved and upgraded to meet the new challenges. The services offered by libraries have also undergone a great change.
With the advent of new technologies in the field of computers and telecommunications, revolutionary changes have taken place in the field of Library and Information Science. The shape of traditional libraries containing a large number of printed documents is in the process of being transformed to paper less libraries containing a large number of digitized documents. The facilities offered by networking have not left libraries untouched. Modern libraries are not only digitized but networked also. This has led to the creation of virtual libraries i.e. libraries without walls through which the user has access to information at any time, anywhere in the world by using the modern tools of communications, such as computers and Internet facilities.

User demand is ever increasing and putting a great pressure on the librarians. Therefore, there is an imperative need for the modernization of libraries in order to keep pace with the modern times. The new challenges in the field of Library and Information Science can be met by adopting the process of digitization and networking. In the present age the Librarians have to face many problems due to the limitations of time and space. User satisfaction is the main objective of a good library. It cannot be achieved without adopting the modern tools and techniques rendered available by the modern technologies available in the field of Information and telecommunication. These developments have led to the creation of Digital and Virtual Libraries, which have great advantages over the traditional libraries. Therefore, digital libraries are becoming popular due to the advantages and facilities, which are offered by them to their users.

What Do Libraries Smell Like?

Every Christmas when I was small, I was given amongst other things a collection of books. I think my love for reading started when I learned how to read at 5 years old. Since then I have read many books on all different subjects – fact, fiction, how to’s, how don’ts; a wealth of knowledge can be obtained from reading. As I child, I was known as “the book worm”.

I always had my head in a book – I would go to sleep and wake up in the morning with crumpled pages and book corners poking my eyes out! Enid Blyton was my favourite author. I would read all about the magic of fairyland and dolls coming to life to make mischief! Then I discovered “The Secret Seven” from my father’s book case which happened to be the first in a series of Secret Seven Mysteries! Oh what joy! As I got older, “The Naughtiest Girl in the School”, again by Enid Blyton, was a series of books that I was absolutely fascinated with.

At school I would spend my lunch hour in the library studying and boy, did I get bullied for that! On a Saturday I would browse through the art shop, across the street to the book shop and then straight to the library! It was a wonderful old library; dark wooden book cases that stretched from the floor to the ceiling, filled with books on all subjects! Files of little drawers with cards in them, documenting all of the books in the building – what they were, where they were, who the author was and numbered – so many numbers! The large old Victorian staircase with lovely polished oak rails stretched to the first floor that was filled with works of art. Amongst the maze of bookcases, tables and chairs were laid out for one to sit and read or study. And the smell! The smell of old books was the most wonderful smell that I will never forget!

Nowadays however the e-book seems to have taken over from traditional books. If you don’t know what an e-book is, it’s an “electronic” book that one can download from the internet and read immediately. You don’t have to go to the store to buy it or to the library to borrow it. E-books don’t weigh anything, they only take up space on your hard drive – they can be printed out if you so wish – anyone can write an e-book! However, there is something lacking in an e-book that normal books have. The feel of a leather bound book in your hand, the smell of the paper – nothing can take away the thrill of that!

Do you know what a library smells like? I do!