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Membership Benefits

The benefits of membership are highlighted in this LibGuide.

Membership Fees

Please also see this overview of our resources and services for recent law graduates.

An annual borrowers’ fee will be charged to each user for checking out library materials for home or office use. The amount of fees charged is consistent with the norms practiced by other similar public law libraries in the country (e.g. Minneapolis, Seattle, and San Diego).

The fee structure is based on the total number of attorneys in the firm’s Allegheny County offices. All attorneys in a firm must be a member.

Fees depend on the size/nature of the law firm or applicant:

  • 1 (Solo Practitioner) $105
  • Small  Firm (1-24) $105/attorney
  • Medium  Firm (25-60) $2,625
  • Large Firm (61-100) $5,250
  • X-Large Firm (101+) $7,875
  • Retired Attorney $95 (must be listed as having Retired status with the PA Disciplinary Board)
  • Nonprofit Organization or Emeritus Attorney $85
  • Attorneys outside of Allegheny County: $155 per person.
  • General Public of Allegheny County: $105 per person.
  • General Public Outside of Allegheny County: $155 per person.
  • Judiciary/Government Attorney $0
  • Recent Law School Graduate $0 (Complimentary for 1 year from date of graduation; proof of graduation required)

Judges (federal, state, and local) will not be required to pay borrowers’ fees. Other governmental law departments are not excluded.

Databases

Members will have access to the following:

  • Lexis Advance
  • Westlaw Patron AccessCore Plan plus Analytical Plus, Litigation, Practical Law and the NRS images
  • American Law Institute-CLE
  • Fastcase, including LoisLaw Treatises – Remote access, available to law firms with 60 or fewer attorneys
  • HeinOnline – Basic plus U.S. State Package, Bar Journal Library and ABA Library; remote access, for law firms with 60 or fewer attorneys
  • LegalTrac (remote access available)
  • LLMC Digital (remote access available)
  • eCode 360
  • Making of Modern Law (remote access available)

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses are available throughout the year for both substantive and ethics credits. Please check ACLLWire, the library website, or PA CLE Board for schedule. Discounts are available for cardholders.

CLE Fee Schedule:

  • Members $10 / credit
  • Non-members $25 / credit

Room Rentals

Library members can use our Consultation Room and Conference Room for free, and can rent the ACLL Classroom computer lab for a reduced cost.

Borrowing Materials

Library members have the privilege of borrowing books and other materials from both the County Law Library and from the Duquesne Law Library – the Duquesne Center for Legal Information – for two weeks at a time with additional renewals.

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Policies & Instructions

The ACLL’s membership fee structure is based on the premise that research performed by one attorney in a firm benefits the entire organization.  Therefore, law firms and corporate legal departments are required to join at the 100% level.  Participation at the 100% level means that the borrowers’ dues are paid for every attorney in the local office of the firm.  In addition, vendor contracts require us to report a total number of local attorneys at the membership firm. Similarly, a recent law school graduate employed by a non-member firm will not qualify for our complimentary membership unless the other attorneys in that firm also become ACLL members.

Membership fees run on a calendar year.  All individuals will receive his/her own library card.  Payment is due by January 31st.

Reduced price cards are available for $50 from August 1st to October 31st and expire January 31st of the following year.

Report lost or stolen cards immediately; a $5 fee will be charged for a replacement. 

Please complete our online application form. When you submit the form you will be re-directed to our secure payment site to complete the payment with a credit/debit card or e-check.

Borrowers' dues are based on the total number of lawyers in the law firm's local office.
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