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Members of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) conducted a survey in April to learn how law libraries across the country are assisting Self-Represented Litigants(SRLs). Check out the video that describes how law libraries strengthen communities by providing resources to Self-represented litigants.
AALL members Sara Galligan from the Ramsey County Law Library and Joan Bellistri from the Anne Arundel County (MD) Law Library contracted with SRLN consultants to produce a story map and the video. The information was drawn from a 2019 survey of law librarians across the country.

Survey results highlighted such findings as:
•Law libraries serve over 70,500 self-represented litigants per month
•80% of law libraries are involved in partnership; 60% have court partners
•38% of law libraries have a self-help center or limited legal advice clinic in the library
•100% of libraries are within a 30-minute drive time of some portion of low-income population (defined as incomes below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level)

Questions can be sent to Sara Galligan (
Funding for this research project was provided by the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis®).