Membership Benefits

Firm size Solo Other 2-25 26-60 61-100 100+
Cost $105 Varies $105/attorney $2,625 $5,250 $7,875
Lexis (onsite) Y Y Y Y Y Y
Westlaw (onsite) Y Y Y Y Y Y
FastCase (remote) Y Y Y Y N N
HeinOnline (remote) Y Y Y Y N N
LegalTrac (remote) Y Y Y Y Y Y
Gale Legal Forms (remote) Y Y Y Y Y Y
LLMC Digital (remote) Y Y Y Y Y Y
eCode 360 (remote) Y Y Y Y Y Y
Making of Modern Law Y Y Y Y Y Y
Document Delivery Half price Half price Half price Half price Free Free
Reduced CLE Cost Y Y Y Y Y Y
Free use of conference room Y Y Y Y Y Y
Reduced classroom rental cost Y Y Y Y Y Y
Borrow library materials Y Y Y Y Y Y
Consult materials in-library Y Y Y Y Y Y
Research assistance Y Y Y Y Y Y

Borrowing Materials

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

Databases

In addition to the databases all ACLL users have access to, such as Westlaw and Lexis, Members have remote access to:

  • Fastcase* with selected Wolters Kluwer treatises

  • HeinOnline* – U.S. State Package, American Law Institute, Law Journal Library and ABA periodicals

  • LegalTrac

  • LLMC Digital

  • eCode360

  • Making of Modern Law

*Remote access available to law firm memberships with 60 or fewer attorneys

Continuing Legal Education Credits

The ACLL provides Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses are throughout the year for both substantive and ethics credits. Library members receive a $15 per credit discount. Please see the events calendar for upcoming CLEs or the prerecored CLEs page for information on remote CLEs with flexible enrollment options.

Membership Fees

Individual patrons may choose to pay the annual membership fee to access the many benefits of ACLL membership.

For law firms, the fee structure is based on the total number of attorneys in the firm’s Allegheny County offices. All local 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 (2-24) $105/attorney

  • Medium Firm (25-60) $2,625

  • Large Firm (61-100) $5,250

  • Very Large Virm (101+) $7,875

  • Retired Attorney   $95

  • Emeritus Attorney $85

  • Nonprofit Organization $85

  • Judiciary/Government Employee $0

  • Nonresidents of Allegheny County $155/person

  • Recent Law School Graduate $0 (Click here for details)

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 the total number of local attorneys at the membership firm. The membership fee structure at ACLL is consistent with other comparable public law libraries in the country (e.g. Minneapolis, Seattle, and San Diego).

Membership fees run on a calendar year.  All individuals will receive his/her own library card.  Memberships expire on January 31st.

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

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

Please complete the online application form [LINK] and securely pay with a credit/debit card. Payment can also be made in person at the ACLL in cash, credit card, or check made out to “ACLL”.

Recent Graduates

Law school graduates working in Allegheny County receive a complimentary ACLL membership, unless they are employed by a non-member firm. Complimentary memberships last for one year from the date of graduation. Proof of graduation is required.