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Update September 8: We are now open by appointment. See the blog post for details. As of July 3, Philadelphia is in a modified, restricted green phase, so we have begun implementing our reopening plan. We are preparing the library space for reopening. We have installed plexiglass around the...
Jenkins' librarians are here to help. This week reference coverage will be from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and we will keep you updated as we continue to expand hours and services. Librarians are working remotely during the pandemic and have access to many resources that can assist you with your...
Jenkins has temporarily closed our physical library through April 30, 2020, but our reference staff is still working remotely, ready to help with your research requests. You can reach us by emailing research@jenkinslaw.org or by leaving a voicemail at 215-574-1505. We will be monitoring these...
Whether this is the first time you are logging in to Jenkinslaw.org or if you've forgotten your password, these instructions should help all Jenkins members log in to access our Member Databases from their home or office. First, from the top of our website, click on "LOG IN". On the next screen,...
Coronavirus
The Philadelphia First Judicial District has issued a significant but limited closing of the Philadelphia Courts through Friday, May 31 . Jenkins’ policy as to operational hours has historically been guided by the decisions of the Court. When the Court closes, so does Jenkins. As such in light of...
Coronavirus
In order to properly and fully maintain the ability to provide services to our membership and the public without interruption, we have determined at this time, that it is in the best interest of our staff and users to reduce the library’s operational hours from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. The library will be fully operational with email, phone and staffing during these hours. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation on a weekly basis.
Each resource in the Jenkins' Catalog is assigned a specific location noting where the item can be found. If you are unfamilar with the new library space or our catalog, this quick guide will help you find the location of most of our library resources. General Collection - Located on the North side...
As a Jenkins Law Library member, you gain access to content that is uniquely valuable to Pennsylvania legal researchers. Our collection contains many hard to find materials such as historic Purdon’s Pennsylvania Statutes, Pennsylvania records and briefs, Pennsylvania House and Senate Journals,...
Regina L. Smith, Executive Director of Jenkins Law Library for more than 36 years, officially retired last week. She imparted a little of her extensive knowledge to us at her retirement ceremony: All you need to know to be the director of a law library (in 22 seconds.) pic.twitter.com/PxDRUEgs0L...
Our official opening at 1801 Market Street on April 10, 2019 included a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by many members of the Philadelphia legal community. Our board president, Theodore "Ted" Simon, was the Master of Ceremonies. Our great members meaningfully cut the "official ribbon."