Who Does What
Each court of appeals maintains a library at its headquarters, and those circuits that cover a large geographic area have branch libraries at other locations. Although court libraries are primarily for the use of judges and their staffs, they generally are open to members of the bar, employees of other government agencies, and the public.
Each library is managed by a librarian. In addition to the usual responsibilities involved in managing a library, some librarians publish a periodic newsletter describing new publications and listing books and articles of particular interest to their court. They may also make recommendations for new acquisitions and provide or arrange for training in legal research for court employees. Some librarians do research for the judges. In some circuits, for example, the library staff will prepare a legislative history of a statute for a judge on request.