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Library Services for Law Faculty

The Research & Instructional Services Librarians at the Legal Research Center are available to help you with a variety of research-related tasks, detailed below. Each RIS Librarian has both a law degree and a masters in library science with extensive research experience and knowledge.

Please contact your library liaison if you would like to make use of any of these services. If you have any general questions or do not know who your library liaison is, please contact Becka Rich, Director of the Legal Research Center (; 215.571.4770). Adjunct faculty interested in any of the below services should contact Becka Rich or any of the contacts listed under specific services.

We can also be reached by phone at 215.571.4772, email at, or you can stop by the reference desk. Research & Instructional Services Librarians are generally available during business hours Monday through Friday.

 Research Support

 Instructional & Teaching Support

Publishing Support & Faculty Scholarship
Current Awareness & Routing Services

Research Support

Bibliographies: The Research & Instructional Services Librarians are available to draft annotated bibliographies on any research topic.

Collection Development: The LRC will add materials to its collection that support faculty members’ research interests.  If you have any suggestions for additions to the collection, please contact your library liaison or Joan Mazuchowski, Head of Collection Services (; 215.571.4781).

Database Training: The LRC provides training for faculty members and research assistants on individual databases.

Document Delivery: The LRC will help faculty members obtain books, articles, and other materials needed for research purposes. If the material is the in the LRC collection, it will be checked out, delivered, and (upon request) renewed for the faculty members. If the materials are not in the LRC collection, we will try to acquire the materials through interlibrary loan or document delivery. Please direct all inquiries regarding interlibrary loan to Access Services (215.571.4772).

Faculty Research Support: Research & Instructional Services Librarians and the Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow are available to work on faculty research projects.

Library Liaison Program: Every faculty member is assigned a Research & Instructional Services Librarian as a library liaison. The liaison can answer any questions about LRC services or the LRC collection. If you need the contact information for your faculty liaison, contact Becka Rich (; 215.571.4770).

Proxy Borrowing: Faculty assistants will be able to borrow library materials for faculty pursuant to our Faculty Assistant’s Policy.

Research Assistant Training & Support: The Research & Instructional Services Librarians are available to train and otherwise work with faculty research fellows on research projects.

Westlaw/Lexis/Bloomberg Access: If you need assistance accessing your Westlaw, Lexis, or Bloomberg account, please contact Lindsay Steussy, Research & Instructional Services Librarian (; 215.571.4774).

Instructional / Teaching Support

Course Reserves:  The LRC will place items on course reserves for School of Law classes. Please direct all inquiries regarding course reserves to Margaret DeFelice, Collection and Access Services Assistant (; 215.571.4724).

Desk Copies of Course Books:  The LRC will request desk or examination copies of textbooks and casebooks from publishers for faculty members. Please submit requests to Joan Mazuchowski (; 215.571.4781).

Legal Research Presentations:  Research and Instructional Services Librarians are available to give presentations on legal research topics in School of Law classes.

Past Exams Database: The LRC maintains an electronic database of past School of Law exams. For more information, or if you would like to submit an old exam for publication, please contact Lindsay Steussy, Research and Instructional Services Librarian (; 215.571.4774).

TWEN Support:  LawTech provides faculty members with training and support on TWEN (The West Education Network).  Please direct all inquiries regarding TWEN to LawTech. 

Publishing Support / Faculty Scholarship

BePress: BePress is an electronic repository for scholarly papers covering various subject areas. Please direct all inquiries regarding BePress to Lindsay Steussy, Research & Instructional Services Librarian (; 215.571.4777).

Faculty Publications Display: The LRC maintains the faculty publication display on the second floor. If you would like to add something to the display, please contact Access Services (215.571.4772). 

Current Awareness / Routing Services

Current Awareness Services: The LRC provides faculty with access to various current awareness services, including:

  • Bloomberg News and Reports: Provides analysis, news, practice tools, and guidance in a variety of practice areas, including tax, bankruptcy, corporate and business law, and securities;
  • SmartCILP: Provides automated email alerts of the Current Index to Legal Periodicals. Subscribers can limit by subject and/or journal to create a personalized alert system;
  • SSRN eJournals: Provides access to SSRN's Legal Scholarship Network Subject Matter eJournals; and
  • Lexis/Westlaw/Bloomberg auto searches: Sets up automatic searches for articles, cases, etc.

Please contact your library liaison if you would like any of these services set up for you.

Faculty Lounge Publications: The LRC routes selected print publications to the faculty lounge for faculty use. Please direct any requests for Faculty Lounge publications to Joan Mazuchowski (; 215.571.4781).

New Books: The LRC notifies faculty members when it receives titles that may be of interest to faculty members. Suggestions for new books to add to the LRC's collection can be submitted to your library liaison or Joan Mazuchowski (; 215.571.4781).

Routing of Electronic Periodicals: The LRC subscribes to several periodicals that can be distributed electronically to faculty members. If you would like a periodical routed to you, please contact your library liaison or Joan Mazuchowski (; 215.571.4781).

Routing of Print Periodicals: The LRC will route any print journal in the LRC’s collection to faculty members. Faculty members should contact their library liaison for a complete list of LRC print journal titles available for routing.