U.S. Courts Design Guide
work space for library staff, photocopy equipment, and study tables and computer
access for judges and staff. Additional secure and separate spaces and features may be
required if the satellite library is open to the public.
Unstaffed libraries are created in smaller courthouses if the following conditions
apply: space is available; judges agree to pool their chambers collections; a group of
judges (e.g., bankruptcy) has chambers outside the courthouse; and/or central library
staffing support is not available. Occasionally, an unstaffed library is created with,
but on a different floor from, a circuit headquarters or satellite library.
Programming dedicated library space requires
specific circuit judicial council approval.
Specific requirements for central court library
collections should be defined by the court in
consultation with the circuit librarian.
The library service needs of active USCA,
U.S. District Court (USDC), U.S. Bankruptcy
Court (USBC), and magistrate judges and
their staff, as well as the requirements of
judges located outside the courthouse within
the same city or a designated radius, must be
To reduce unnecessary duplication, the impact
of shared chambers lawbook collections and
coordination of central court library and
chambers collections must be considered.