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Talks start on moving law books to library

The Halifax Library is being considered as a future home for the law library currently housed in the Halifax County Courthouse, according to Library Director Joe Zappacosta.

During the monthly meeting of Halifax-South Boston Public Library board members Tuesday afternoon, Zappacosta said the move is being considered but the court is hesitant about moving the law library to the Halifax branch that currently is closed on Fridays.

“We could talk about being open on half days. Maybe half a day Thursday and half a day Friday. We’ll have to weigh the pros and cons and make some decisions…We don’t have to make any decisions tonight,” the library director said Tuesday evening.

Halifax County Circuit Court Clerk Bobby Conner said discussions about moving the law library are “premature” and currently at the “exploratory stage.” 

At present, the law library is in a bad location, Conner said, and he feels moving it to the county library would help the library with funding issues.

“It could be better managed, and Judge Joel Cunningham agrees,” said Conner.

Today lawyers use computers more than they use the library, Conner said, but they can’t stop having the law library for the use of the public.

However, Conner noted the courthouse could use the space that would be freed up if the law library is moved to the Halifax branch library.

“It could be beneficial for the county library,” added Conner.

He stressed discussions are only at the exploratory stage, and the law library could stay where it’s currently housed.

Another possibility is moving the law library to the ground floor of the courthouse building if the sheriff’s office is moved to another location.

In other business Tuesday, the library director informed board members he had sent a letter to the county requesting funds and a letter to the Town of South Boston requesting allocations with costs added for a security system.

According to Zappacosta, the libraries currently have two quotes on security systems from two companies, one in Roanoke and another in Danville.

South Boston Library Branch Manager Jessika Pettit updated board members about upcoming events at both libraries including National Library Week in April and ongoing weekly events such as a needle social and Teen Tuesdays.

The library has gained volunteer help and the help of an intern from the Halifax County High School to shift books, he added.

“They seem to really enjoy it,” said Zappacosta. 

The next library meeting will be held March 12 at 4:30 p.m. at the South Boston Public Library.