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Guide for First-Year Law Students: Available Remote Resources (Coronavirus)

This guide will aid new law students in preparing for and surviving the first year of law school. It includes books, audio and video resources, and websites on survival skills and first year courses. Also includes books for international students.

You can contact the reference desk for research assistance through email: and chat. If you would like to have a video conference session with a reference librarian, please enter your information through this Google form and someone will get back to you with more information: 

  1. Users can easily reach databases from home by using the A-Z database list. It will allow you to go through the proxy server. You will generally need to enter your Pace Portal username and password.
  2. Alternatively, you can access most of our databases by setting up a VPN connection. Instructions for setting up a VPN connection are available through ITS.
  3. For a database that requires a username and password, available passwords are available on the Pace Law Library TWEN page. You can access this page by adding it as a course on TWEN.


  1. Unfortunately, while the library is closed we will be unable to check out books to students. 
  2. Pace University and the law library do have some e-books within the collection. For these books, follow the links provided in the catalog record for access. You will generally have to enter your Pace Portal Username and Password in order to access such items.
    1. Many e-books are being made available to Pace University students and faculty for free for a limited period of time. You can access these collections through the database trials page.
      1. Includes E-Book Academic Collection
      2. MIT Press Direct eBooks
      3. Harvard Business Publishing Collection
  3. If you have books checked out and you would like to renew them, you can contact the Circulation Desk by email at: Please note that since all fines are being waived renewing books is not required.
  4. ALL FINES for the spring 2020 semester will be waived. If you are unable to return your book until we return to classes on campus, you will not be penalized in any way. We do ask that you return materials as soon as you can after we return to campus.
  5. You can use the Library Drop-Box outside the Gerber Glass Law Center on the porch area. We will leave this box open 24X7 if you would like to return materials.
  6. If you do not have a library barcode, you can contact the Circulation Desk. We will assign you a barcode, which you can pick-up whenever you return to campus.
  7. Also consider checking out your local public library to see what materials they have available to you online. Many have expanded offerings during the period of closures.
    Westchester Libraries:

  8. The Internet Archive has created the National Emergency Library, which will be available through June 30, 2020 or when the US national emergency ends, whichever is later. They are suspending waitlists for the 1.4 million books in their lending library.

If you are not going to be returning to campus you can always mail your books back to us:

Pace Law Library
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603

There is currently no reciprocal access at local law school libraries. 

We will not be offering in-person workshops to fulfill the Upper Level Research and Citation requirement while the Law School is only offering classes remotely. However, we have recorded some sessions and will try to offer some future sessions via Zoom or continue to record such sessions. You can find information on the website as well as here. Students who need the Upper Level Research Form signed can email the Acting Director of the Law LIbrary, Deborah Heller with information on what session was completed (including in person class sessions, law review training, etc.) your name, and the semester the session was completed. Forms will be signed and emailed back as soon as possible.

The Law Library is pleased to be able to provide you access to the Questions & Answers series and Understanding series of study aids through the Lexis Digital Library. Start by visiting: and clicking Sign In. You will then need to enter your Pace Portal username and password in order to access the digital library. Once you are in the digital library you can browse through the available titles or search for a specific title. Users may easily annotate passages within books. Users will also be able to download books for offline reading. In addition to accessing the library through a laptop or desktop, users can download the Lexis Digital Library app for use on smartphones and tablets. Some getting started guides are provided in PDF below. For any questions, you can contact the reference desk.



The Bluebook Editors have kindly provided keys for students to access the Bluebook online for a period of 60 days. Students who would like a key should email the Acting Director of the Law Library, Deborah Heller ( to obtain a key. Please email from your Pace Law email address so that we can verify your status at the law school.

Here are instructions for redeeming a key to set up a new subscription:
To redeem this key (and set up an account), enter it at where it says "Bluebook Key Redemption" and follow the on-screen instructions to set up a username (unique and active email address) and password. You only use the key once. From that point forward, you access your account with your username and password.

The subscription is active 60 days from the date you redeem this key on the website.
After you set up your account you might need to log out and then log back in again to view site contents.

  • Watch films on KanopyKanopy offers over 26,000 movies that include documentaries, theatrical releases, foreign and indie films, classics and blockbuster movies as well as training films from the collections of PBS, BBC, and more. 
  • Watch films via SWANK Digital Campus: All films listed on the Digital Campus page are available for viewing, just click on the title.