COVID-19 - Law Student Resource Toolbar

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Library Hours and Contact

For the health and safety of the law school community, the law library is closed until further notice.

Please note: The 5th and 7th floors of the library will remain open to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as always (there is a printer and scanner available on the 5th floor); however, circulation services (i.e. loaning physical library materials, laptop and cell phone chargers, headphones, etc.) will be unavailable at this time.

Delivery+ (Inter-Library Loan) services are still available for materials available electronically, but requests for print items cannot be fulfilled until further notice. Please visit this website for more information on delivery services.

Should you require research assistance for the remainder of the Spring Semester, reference services will be available remotely at the following times:

Remote Reference Hours
Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m.  – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Unavailable

Since we will not be physically located at the Information Desk, please feel free to contact us via email at asklaw@buffalo.edu, via chat  (use box on right side of page), or by calling 716-645-2047.

Class Materials

CALI Resources

The Charles B. Sears Law Library is a member of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), an organization that offers lessons created by law faculty and librarians, free e-texts for law school courses, and much more.

For assistance in setting up lesson links or to obtain a faculty or student registration code, please contact Library Director Beth Adelman (eadelman@buffalo.edu) or Law Librarian Brian Detweiler (briandet@buffalo.edu). 

Free E-Books/Casebooks for Students

Gale/Cengage created a COVID-19 Support page.

Lexis is willing to give access to their trial platform for 60 days. It includes all of their e-books (including casebooks). In order to gain access to the platform Beth Adelman will need the faculty member to furnish a list of email addresses. This list will be turned over to Lexis. Each person will get an invite to the platform via email. Because of FERPA, students must give you their permission to have their email addresses used in this way. If you supply her with a list of emails, she will assume each student has given their permission to distribute their email address for this purpose.

Oxford University Press - Given the ever-increasing rate of college and university closures, we want to do what we can to support your institutions and students as you adapt to distance learning. We know that many of you do not have access to our academic online book content which is creating barriers for students and staff. We’d encourage you to contact Brian Detweiler to see how we can arrange access to the key resources that you require at this time. Find your representative online.

We are also pleased to share that our colleagues at Epigeum, part of Oxford University Press, have made their courses on Teaching Online and Blended Learning freely available until the end of May in order to help those tackling distance learning for the first time. For more information, please visit Epigeum's website.

West Academic is offering students at schools that are being moved from face-to-face classes to online classes access to electronic casebooks through June 1st. Students must own a print copy to be eligible.  Students can call (877) 888-1330 and speak with a customer service representative for help getting eBooks.

West Study Aids:
Law students and faculty will continue to have free online access to all current study aids published by West Academic.

Wolters Kluwer and Carolina Academic Press  – If assigned a Wolters Kluwer or Caroline Academic Press textbook and your book is not listed below, please email briandet@buffalo.edu with the Title, Author(s), Edition, and ISBN # at your earliest convenience and he will forward the information to them. (The ISBN can be found on the reverse side of the title page.)

Once your coursebook information has been processed by the publisher, which may take 24-48 hours, students will need to sign up for an account through their VitalSource interface using their buffalo.edu email addresses. Please note: if students attempt to sing up with a personal email address through Gmail, Yahoo, etc., they will not be able to access the materials. 

Here are their instructions for creating an account:

  1. To get started, students should visit Vitalsource and create a Bookshelf account with their buffalo.edu email address.
  2. Once students create an account with an institution-provided email address, they should log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen. This tab provides access to the freely available e-textbooks.

For a complete list of VitalSource frequently asked questions regarding access to the VitalSource Helps Program, please visit their site to learn more.

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