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Law Library Collection

Books in Our Collection are listed in the law library catalog

Faculty should request delivery of books in our collection by completing our Law Library Book Concierge form.

To recommend or request new book titles, subscriptions or other resources for possible acquisition by the Law Library, please contact Steve Elkins or a liaison librarian.


Villanova University Falvey Library

Law faculty have full borrowing privileges at the university’s Falvey Library

Book borrowing at Falvey may be done in person using Falvey's Pickup & Go service. Faculty can also set up a proxy so that their liaison or RA may borrow for them-contact your liaison for more information.


Interlibrary Loan

Materials not available at Villanova can be obtained from another library. Inter-Library Loan requests may be made by using this form or emailing Mary Jo Heacock.

Current Awareness

The law library offers a number of services to keep faculty informed about new publications and developments in their areas of interest.

Monthly Acquisitions List


A list of all new acquisitions can be found here.

A list of all new books can be found here.


Alert Services

Many faculty subscribe to email alerts in particular subject areas. The liaison librarians can recommend services to best suit faculty interest. Popular options include:

  • SmartCILP – an electronic version of Current Index to Legal Periodicals, subscribers set up a profile in particular subject areas and receive weekly emails announcing newly published law review articles.

Our law library subscription to SmartCILP is through HeinOnline. Contact your liaison for assistance. Faculty may also setup their own alerts by going here and putting in their Villanova email without the law domain. Ex:

To manage your existing SmartCILP notificaitons follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to your MyHein account.
  2. Once logged in, click the "Manage SmartCILP Notifications" tab.
  3. Checked boxes represent your current notification settings. To add notifications for any topics, subjects, or journals, select the corresponding box. To remove a notification, deselect the blue check mark.
  4.  Click Create/Update to save your changes.
  • Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg, and many other services allow researchers to set up searches to run at regular intervals and to designate an email address to receive the results. Contact your liaison for recommendations and assistance.
  • SSRN – Our Law School’s subscription to SSRN allows faculty to sign up to receive notification of new posting in areas of interest to them. The library adds new faculty to our institutional account at the beginning of each semester. For further information, please contact John Cannan.

  • News & Legal News - News alerts and subscriptions to services such as Legal Intelligencer, New York Times, Law360, & WSJ are available for Faculty. See the Law Databases or your liaison for more information.


Faculty Scholarly Publication Decisions

There are a number of sources that faculty find useful in making decisions about where to submit and publish their scholarship. These sources include:

Faculty Working Papers and Publications

Most law faculty post drafts of their papers and links to their publications on SSRN (Social Science Research Network) and SelectedWorks.


  • Create or log into your SSRN account


The liaisons assist faculty in creating and updating their SelectedWorks and SSRN sites. Please contact your liaison for further information.

Research Management Systems Guide

Zotero, Endnote 
& Mendeley

Reference Hours:

Academic Year:
Mon - Fri: 9 AM - 5 PM

For evening and weekend assistance, email

These hours are subject to change due to government orders or changes in university and law school policies.


Contact Us

Circulation Desk: 610-519-7020

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