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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 Contactless Pickup. 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.

To search for books not currently at Villanova, we recommend WorldCat.

WorldCat is accessible by either using the free link above or by connecting via Falvey library's databases link to WorldCat which requires you to first sign in with your Villanova login and password, allowing you to create lists of resources and bibliographies.

  • Note: No Villanova Law School holdings information is available after May 2012--be sure to check the date of your resource.

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 new books and government publications added to our collection is emailed to faculty and staff monthly.


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 allows any Villanova U. Law faculty to create a profile. Note that our authorization code is needed to set up a personal profile. Contact your liaison for the code. Faculty will need to use their email address and the institution: Villanova Law Library when creating a profile.

From the web page, click “Create or change a SmartCILP profile. Faculty with the authorization code or who already have a profile access SmartCILP here

  • 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.


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.


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