Working from home can be challenging for an attorney who is trying to research a legal topic without access to any print resources. In fact, since COVID-19 has forced many of us to work remotely, several of the questions the reference staff have gotten involve access to print resources. Even though we cannot currently pull books due to the restrictions on our physical space, there is still a lot we can do for you. Don't hesitate to contact us!
Many of the library's databases provide access to treatises, and these can be searched 24/7. Check out Law Journal Press*, LexisNexis Digital Library, Treatises on Fastcase, and West Academic Digital Library. Together, these databases offer hundreds of titles in major practice areas. You can use them to find treatises related to Insurance, Labor and Employment, Intellectual Property, Commercial Law and more! They include classic titles, such as Corbin on Contracts (LexisNexis Digital Library), Bromberg & Ribstein on Partnership (Treatises on Fastcase) and Dobbs' Hornbook on Torts (West Academic Digital Library).
The Restatements & Principles of the Law are available through HeinOnline. This database also includes older treatises in a few of its collections, like Legal Classics, as well as law review articles in its Law Journal Library and ABA periodicals in its ABA Law Library Collection Periodicals.
And for those researching consumer law, NCLC Digital Library** can be a terrific source. It includes treatises on topics such as Fair Debt Collection, Consumer Fraud, Consumer Bankruptcy and Mortgage Lending.
In addition to all the resources mentioned above, the librarians have access to titles through Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law and Cheetah (CCH/Wolters Kluwer). Although we can't 'lend' these titles, we would be happy to help you find a section of interest or to send you a table of contents to help you narrow down what you need.
If you are trying to determine if a specific title is available, check with us to save time. We should be able to point you in the right direction quickly or offer helpful alternatives.
During the current pandemic, our reference staff remains ready to help with your research requests. You can reach us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a voicemail at 215-574-1505. We will be monitoring these during our current hours, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*A 24/7 member benefit for sole practitioners and attorneys in firms with less than 50 attorneys.
**A 24/7 member benefit for sole practitioners and attorneys in firms with less than 10 attorneys.