TRIAL COURT SIGNS LEASE FOR WORCESTER LAW LIBRARY
Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan today announced that the Trial Court has signed a ten-year lease to locate the Worcester Law Library at 184 Main Street across from the new Worcester Trial Court.
The library’s 18,000 square feet of space will cover four floors and include a computer training room and conference space for up to 30 people, in addition to library, research, and administrative space. This site will be the first Trial Court Law Library to provide a secured area for historical and rare books.
The process to finalize a location for the Law Library was delayed by an unexpected change in building ownership after this site had been selected through an RFP process.
“I am pleased that we have secured an ideal location for the Trial Court Law Library in Worcester after an extended RFP process,” said Chief Justice Mulligan. “I sincerely regret the disruption that the delay may have caused the constituents and staff of the Law Library. They have been very patient, working in less-than-optimal conditions at the former courthouse for the past year.”
Construction planning has been ongoing and demolition will begin this week. Gorman Richardson Architects of Hopkinton and Vantage Builders, Inc., of Waltham have been hired by the building owner to complete the renovation, which is expected to take approximately five months. While construction is underway, the Law Library will remain open at 2 Main Street, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The 17 Trial Court Law Libraries operate statewide, serving the court, the legal community and the general public. Approximately 300,000 patrons visit the libraries annually and the Law Library website draws over 50 million visitors. In addition to a wide range of reference materials, the electronic databases Westlaw and Lexis are available to the public at the Law Libraries free of charge.