Evidence of collaboration between the College of Law and the Idaho Supreme Court is now on tangible display at the Idaho State Law Library. In March of 2011, the State Law Library moved from its location at the Key Bank building in downtown Boise to the 5th floor of the University of Idaho Boise Center (the “Idaho Water Center” building), which is also the home of the College of Law’s third-year program in Boise.
Under a memorandum of agreement between the University of Idaho and the Supreme Court, the College of Law has now assumed responsibility for the operation of the State Law Library. The College plans to develop and improve the library as a resource for legal education, the legal profession, the judiciary, other branches of state government, and the public. The co-location of the College’s third-year program and the State Law Library is an important step toward ultimately fulfilling the vision, shared by the Supreme Court and the University of Idaho, of an Idaho Law Learning Center(ILLC).
The ILLC is the designated future use of the old Ada County Courthouse, situated directly adjacent to the State Capitol and the Idaho Supreme Court. The ILLC is expected to become a permanent home for the College’s Boise programs, for judicial education, and for the law library – as well as a distinctive venue for law-related outreach and civic education -- upon completion of renovations to the historic courthouse.
The benefits of this collaboration are already manifest. Law students now have access to a 30,000 volume collection of legal materials to supplement their academic coursework and clinic experience. Likewise, library patrons can access a variety of electronic resources, using the publicly accessible Westlaw terminals or many of the legal and non-legal databases offered by the College of Law. The new location offers quick access to and from the “new” Ada County Courthouse. Its close proximity to other courts and to the downtown legal community will also allow the Law Library to conduct outreach programming to the bench and bar, leveraging the usefulness of the library’s materials and resources.
In addition to the physical merger of the State and University library collections in Boise, the State Law Library has completed a successful integration of its online catalog into the Washington Idaho Network in June 2011. Through this integration, the collections of the University of Idaho Main Library, UI Law Library, and the State Law Library can be easily and simultaneously searched. The law library staff in Boise also will provide assistance in requesting materials from the UI Law Library in Moscow as well as from other University of Idaho libraries on the Moscow campus.
The Boise library staff includes Rhonda Willoughby, Kris Quigley, and Nick Toennis. Professor Michael Greenlee, a member of the University of Idaho Law library faculty, who has moved to Boise and will be replaced with a new hire in Moscow, serves as the Associate Law Librarian in charge of the Boise library operation, under general supervision of Professor John Hasko, Director of the University of Idaho Law Library.
Further information is available from Professor Greenlee. Visitors are warmly welcomed to drop in and view the State Law Library location in its new location:
Idaho State Law Library
322 E. Front St., Suite 560
Boise, ID, 83702
Operating hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time),
Monday through Friday.