What Kinds of Members Do We Have?
We're not "One Size Fits All".
Jenkins' members are very different in size and their range of interests and requirements, but one thing they share in common is their understanding and appreciation of the benefits of their Jenkins membership. We have a broad range of members that come through our doors and visit us on the Web.
Small Law Firms. Jenkins levels the playing field for solos and small law firms (1-10 attorneys). It provides access to the same tools available to those who practice in large firms. Solos and members of small firms regard Jenkins as their personal law library, and use the services of the Reference Librarians as larger firms might use the services of their in-house law librarian. Membership in Jenkins enables them to use Jenkins' resources without leaving the office through remote access to databases such as Fastcase, HeinOnline and more.
Medium-sized Firms. Firms with 11-50 attorneys utilize many of the services offered by Jenkins including Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan (ILL), research support, and borrowing of books. They frequently search databases they would not normally subscribe to such as Fastcase and HeinOnline.
Large Firms. Firms of more than 50 attorneys often have their own law library and law librarian; they rely on Jenkins to supplement their collection. Their librarians call our research department on a regular basis for assistance in finding obscure and hard-to-find information. They also use the Document Delivery and ILL Services and utilize databases such as PA Legislative Histories, Records & Briefs, HeinOnline, ProQuest Congressional and NewsBank.
Satellite Offices. Satellite offices of Philadelphia member law firms join Jenkins so that they can contact us directly, without having to go through their main office first.
Firm Subscribers. Firms without a Philadelphia office rely on Jenkins for the same excellent level of resources and services that local firms do.
Corporate Legal Departments. Organizations with legal departments often are members of Jenkins and use the library and our website for their legal research needs.
Government Agencies. Many government agencies rely on Jenkins as a resource for legal and law-related subjects in gathering background for their programs and initiatives. Many use the facility and the Jenkins website for research on environmental law, federal and state labor laws, workers' compensation, etc.
Public Agencies/Non-Profit Organizations. Jenkins offers the same services to public agencies/non-profit organizations as our medium-sized firms, but at a reduced rate of $135 per attorney. A letter of verification is required at sign-up.
County Law Libraries. County law libraries benefit from a Jenkins membership for access to databases to which they are not able to subscribe.
Retired Attorneys. For retired attorneys, Jenkins provides a membership for the low rate of $50 a year. In order to qualify, the attorney must be listed as "Retired" on the PA Disciplinary Board website.
Students. Law school/paralegal students join Jenkins for a quiet place to study and for access to our on-site resources. Rates are $25 per year for law school students and $20 annually for paralegal students. Valid school ID required at sign-up.
The General Public. Individuals who are not attorneys (or affiliated with a law firm) often join Jenkins to familiarize themselves with the law, for general information or to represent themselves in a court of law as a self-represented litigant. They may use Jenkins' on-site and online resources to research subjects such as family law, discrimination, estate planning, business and real estate transactions, etc. The general public may also elect to use the library on a daily basis for $5 per day. However, computer time for daily users is limited to 1 hour per day.