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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.

Faculty Liaison Program

Instructional Support

Research Support
Publication Support

    Faculty 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). Please contact your liaison for assistance with any of the following:

    • Bibliographies: The Research & Instructional Services Librarians are available to draft annotated bibliographies on any research topic.
    • Current Awareness Services: The LRC provides faculty with access to various current awareness services, including:
      • 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 auto searches: Sets up automatic searches for articles, cases, etc.
    • Database Training: The LRC provides training for faculty members and research assistants on individual databases.
    • Desk Copies of Course Books:  The LRC will request desk or examination copies of textbooks and casebooks from publishers for faculty members.
    • Legal Research Presentations: Research and Instructional Services Librarians are available to give presentations on legal research topics in School of Law classes.
    • Research Support: Research & Instructional Services Librarians and the Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow are available to work on faculty research projects.
    • Research Assistant Training & Support: Research & Instructional Services Librarians are available to train and otherwise work with faculty research fellows on research projects.

    Instructional Support

    Research Support

    • 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 Dave Haendler (; 215.571.4776).
    • 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 Margaret DeFelice (; 215.571.4724).
    • Proxy Borrowing: Faculty assistants will be able to borrow library materials for faculty pursuant to our Faculty Assistant’s Policy.
    • Westlaw/Lexis Access: If you need assistance accessing your Westlaw or Lexis account, please contact Lindsay Steussy (; 215.571.4774).

    Publication Support

    • BePress: BePress is an electronic repository for scholarly papers covering various subject areas. Please direct all inquiries regarding BePress to Lindsay Steussy (; 215.571.4777).
    • 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 Jessica Hsin-Wilson (; 215.571.4796).
    • 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).
    • SSRN: SSRN is an electronic repository for scholarly papers covering various subject areas. Please direct all inquiries regarding SSRN to Lindsay Steussy (; 215.571.4777).