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As we look back on significant events in 2015, we can mark the 200th anniversary celebration by the Massachusetts Trial Court of the legislation that created the first public law libraries in Massachusetts.

On March 2, 2015, the day that the legislation was signed into law, many of the Trial Court Law Libraries held celebrations in the individual libraries.

On March 26, 2015, a reception was held in the John Adams Courthouse in Boston, with speakers and a slide show. Our commemorative book, 200 Years of Free Legal Information: From County Law Libraries in Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries, was created for the occasion, including a history of the library system, historical milestones, chapters on how the Trial Court Law Libraries fit into the larger law library community, an article on the development of our electronic resources and individual illustrated histories of the seventeen law libraries in the system.

As our Electronic Law Librarian said at the time, “A lot has changed in 200 years, but the basic goal of helping residents of Massachusetts find the legal information they need has not. . . It is our privilege to serve you, and we are grateful for the opportunity.”

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