- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The once-busy Black Hawk County law library is being dismantled as the Internet provides information once available only in law books.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1CZ5lLV ) the library on the third floor of the courthouse used to be heavily used by judges and lawyers, but it’s now rarely used.

“With the online accessibility of information these days, it has made this library a little obsolete,” said District Court Administrator Linda Nilges. According to the county auditor, the library may be used as extra office space once the books are removed.

The Board of Supervisors voted last week to let the district court dispose of the law books and legal publications that fill high shelves. Officials are offering the books to the Waterloo Public Library, local governments and attorneys.

Waterloo City Attorney David Zellhoefer told the paper that “In the old days it was necessary for the benefit of everybody to have a large law library,” and “Judges did their research there, and it was open so members of the public could research their own (issues) if they wanted.”

When he was president of the county bar association in 2004, the Board of Supervisors threatened to cut funding for the library. The bar covered half of the costs to keep the library open.

Ultimately, they could be given to recycling centers.

Assistant County Attorney Pete Burk says, “nobody wants them.”

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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