Continuity of Library Services

Lillian Goldman Law Library Reading Room
March 13, 2020

4/3/2020 UPDATE

We have published a guide for accessing online books while the physical library collection is unavailable.

Although the law library is not accessible at this time, the law library staff will continue to support our faculty, students, administrators, and staff with their research needs. We have developed a robust set of operations in order to continue to provide remote library services, as follows:

Course Reserves & Casebooks

As the law school moves to remote teaching for the upcoming weeks and understanding that some of you may be separated from your casebooks, the law library has been working with major academic publishers in an effort to provide free remote access to casebooks and other materials. This is what we have arranged thus far for our community:

  • West Academic is offering free eBook access (which includes Foundation Press and many of the casebooks we use at YLS) and West Academic Assessment (formative self-assessment questions on about 20 different subjects) to the Yale Law School instructors and students for the rest of the semester. To access to these platforms, you must call West Academic at (877) 888-1330 and speak with a customer service representative, who will help you get access to their material.

  • Separately, West Academic is providing complimentary access for the semester to their online study aids, incuding Nutshells, Hornbooks, flash cards, Sum & Substance audio lectures, and more. You will need to register for an account using your email address here:, and you will need to be connected to the Yale network to access the platform. Here are set up instructions.

  • LexisNexis is also providing free access to their digital library of eBooks (which includes their casebooks) through May 9 to our students and instructors: For setup instructions, please refer to this user guide: Getting Started. PLEASE NOTE: Any notes yuo take on your casebook will expire on May 9. If you have trouble accessing this platform, please call LexisNexis Customer Support at (877) 516-8256.

  • We expect other vendors to have solutions available soon and will update this section as soon as we information from those vendors.

Getting Research Material

  • We will be unable to satisfy requests for scanning or paging of print material. We will do everything in our power to get requested material in some electronic format.

  • If you receive overdue notices for items checked out on your account, please be aware that we will not be enforcing fines for the period you are unable to return books through no fault of your own.

Research Support

  • Our Librarians are committed to helping you with your research even if you are not on campus. We are available from 9-5 Monday-Friday.

  • You can contact a Research Librarian via email at or speak to the Librarian on duty via our virtual reference desk ( A librarian is on duty for research and reference help from 10-1 and 2-5 Monday-Friday.

  • You can also reach out to individual Librarians or make an appointment to meet via zoom at a day/time that is convenient for you at /research-help-0.

  • Please do not call the reference desk. We are unable to answers phone calls or respond to phone messages at this time.

General Support

  • If you need general library support or you don’t know who to contact, please email:


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