The Radium Hot Springs Public Library is excited to announce that we now have a robust legal collection thanks to the LawMatters 2019 grants to libraries program. The LawMatters program at Courthouse Libraries BC, made possible with the funding from the Law Foundation of BC, works directly with public libraries in British Columbia to provide collection support and guidance for librarians. Each year LawMatters administers collection grants to participating libraries for the purchase of print legal materials. They work to help individual libraries build and maintain their legal collections. This year, the annual grants were increased substantially, owing to additional funding from the Law Foundation of BC to enhance the program. In addition to collection support, libraries in our area also received additional training and educational tools so that we are better able to serve our communities’ legal information needs with the goal of improving access to justice.
The Radium Public Library is now equipped with a great selection of up-to-date legal books and resources relevant to our area. Legal collection subjects at our library include: Taxes and Finance, Wills, Estates and Personal Planning, Civil Law, Employment and Labour Law, Aboriginal Law, Cannabis Law, Pensions, Benefits and Welfare, Family Law, Government and Legislation and many more! We also have information pamphlets and legal handouts available for patrons to take home.
In addition to our recent in-print collection, we also have a plethora of legal resources available on our website. Visit https://radium.bc.libraries.coop/research/information-by-subject/law-and-government/ to get a glimpse of the databases available online. All you will need is internet access and your library card to sign in! We can also direct you to forms and guides online; however, keep in mind that we cannot tell you which specific form to fill out, or fill in a form for you.
As libraries, our goal is to direct patrons to legal information and resources online and in-print. We can show patrons how to search for the material, but individuals will need to decide for themselves what is needed for their research or legal issue. We cannot, and do not, provide legal advice – we are not trained legal professionals, and we are not able to make recommendations about specific lawyers or law firms.
The Radium Public Library would like to thank Courthouse Libraries BC, LawMatters and the Law Foundation of BC for their support and funding. We are very excited to showcase our new legal collection, and hope to achieve the goal of improving access to justice in our community.
Please stop by the Radium Library, or call 250-347-2434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about our legal collection!
This week’s column was written by Jacqueline Wagner, director of the Radium Public Library, which is located at 4683 Stanley Street. Call 250-347-2434 for more information.