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The paperless chase

Online research, budget squeezes threaten future of court-funded law libraries

Online research, budget squeezes threaten future of court-funded law libraries

Up on the 13th floor of the St. Louis Civil Courts Building, under high ceilings decorated with rose medallions, the law library is filled with some 75,000 volumes of legal standbys. Members can use the William Buder Room, which overlooks the Arch and is supplied with coffee and furnished with plush couches and chairs. The library, intended to be a thing "of lasting comfort and beauty" when it opened in 1930, appears to have everything - except patrons.