MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Eastern West Virginians in need of valuable legal resources and research assistance literally have been locked out of a publicly funded regional law library for more than a year, according to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals' top librarian.
"Since we are without a librarian at the moment, I am reluctant to leave the library open," Kaye L. Maerz said Thursday in an interview at the library in the Berkeley County Judicial Center in Martinsburg.
Maerz could not explain why the high court last year stopped her effort to fill the full-time position, which has been vacant since January 2007, when former librarian Deborah Hillyard resigned to work for federal Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.
Yet she doesn't believe that filling the vacancy would strain the state court system's budget.
Located on the Judicial Center's second floor, Maerz said the 23rd (Judicial) Circuit Law library is the most beautiful of the state's six regional libraries. The court system's other regional law libraries in Cabell, Harrison, Ohio, Raleigh and Wood counties remain staffed full time and typically are open during regular business hours, Maerz said.