WHEELING, W.Va. -- Thousands of books once housed in the state Supreme Court's regional law library in Wheeling have found new homes, and others soon will be turned into paper products.Court officials decided two years ago to close six regional law libraries in West Virginia because few, if any, people were still using them. Lawyers and law students now have easier, quicker access to the same information online and many law firms have their own libraries.Ohio County Circuit Court Clerk Brenda Miller said most of the Wheeling library's books either have been sold at a state surplus auction or given away.
Books that no one wanted are now being hauled away and will eventually recycled into new paper products.Miller estimates the library contained 75,000 books. The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register said judges in Brooke, Hancock and Ohio counties got first pick.Court Administrator Steven Canterbury has said the regional libraries cost about $110,000 a year to operate. The others were located in Beckley, Clarksburg, Huntington, Martinsburg and Parkersburg.The Supreme Court's main law library in Charleston remains open.