Allegheny Co. Law Library celebrates 150 years

The Allegheny County Law Library (ACLL) celebrates its 150th anniversary at an invitation-only event on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Managed by the Duquesne Center for Legal Information, the public law library is located on the 9th floor of the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh. It is free and open to legal professionals and the general public.

The library began in 1867, when Act. No. 1211 provided for "the purchase and support of a county law library to be kept in, or near the courthouse for the use of area citizens." The ACLL was located in the first Allegheny County Courthouse until a fire in 1882, and then the rebuilt courthouse until 1918, when it moved to the City-County Building.

A 1999 agreement between Duquesne University and Allegheny County created a model partnership between Duquesne's law school library and the county law library. The agreement now allows the two libraries to offer expanded legal research collections and services to meet the needs of the legal community and the public throughout western Pennsylvania.

As part of its service to the public, the ACLL is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code).

The Allegheny County Bar Association supports the ACLL's mission by consistently approving use of filing fees to support the library's operation.

The November 15 anniversary event will feature tours of the recently renovated and remarks by Duquesne University's president, Ken Gormley, and associate dean of legal programs, Frank Liu, among others.

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