Remote Access to Casebooks and Texts

Information current as of  March 27, 2020.

The publishers of law school casebooks and texts recognize the current health emergency, and have agreed to make these books available electronically to our students. The Mendik Library is working out the details of remote access with the publishers.

The starting point for determining whether your text is available is knowing its publisher. If you’re not sure which company publishes your book, go to our Course Reserves Page. You can search by course or professor’s name. Once you’ve found your course and section, click on the title of your textbook. The resulting catalog record will indicate its publisher.

Our goal is to make this list as inclusive as possible. While these are the major publishers of law texts, your text may not be included. We’ll be adding and enhancing this information continuously, so check this page frequently. If you experience difficulty with remote access, or have any questions, contact us at

VitalSource: This platform aggregates textbooks from several publishers, including Aspen, Carolina Academic Press, LexisNexis, Oxford University Press, and Wolters Kluwer, Law & Business. Even if your publisher is not among these, you should still check VitalSource. Click on this link, to access the VitalSource login page. You MUST use your New York Law School email address to create a VitalSource account. Then click on the “Explore” link to search for your casebook or text. Choose your texts carefully, as you are limited to 7 items.

LexisNexis Digital Library: Many course texts from LexisNexis and Carolina Academic Press have also been added to our LexisNexis Digital Library as ebooks. Click here to access, and enter your NYLS Network username and password. You may then search for your texts by title. Choose your texts carefully, as you are limited to 10 items.

West Academic and Foundation Press: If one of these is your text’s publisher you should call 877-888-1330 and identify yourself as a student at a coronavirus-impacted school. You’ll be connected with a customer service representative who will give you access instructions.

The Bluebook – a Uniform System of Citation: The Bluebook’s publishers are offering online access, at no cost, to members of the NYLS community who do not have access to a print copy. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please email the Library at Your request must come from a NYLS email address.