Allegheny County Law Library - Circulation Policies

Borrowers' Fees

With the approval of the Law Library Committee and the Board of Governors the following circulation fee structure as been implemented:

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 borrowers' fee structure is based on the premise that research performed by one attorney in an organization benefits the entire company. Therefore, law firms and corporate legal departments are thus required to pay the annual borrowers' fees for the total number of attorneys in the company, if it intends to check out library materials from ACLL and Duquesne law libraries.

Schedule of Annual Borrowers' Fees

  1. Attorneys of Allegheny County (both private and governmental):
    Firm Size Fee:
    X-Large (101 +) $6,950
    Large (61-100) $4,625
    Medium (31-60) $2,300
    Small (1-30) $75/attorney
  2. Attorneys outside of Allegheny County: $130 per person.
  3. General Public of Allegheny County: $75 per person.
  4. General public outside of Allegheny County: $100 per person.
  5. Judges (federal, state, and local) will not be required to pay borrowers' fees. Other governmental law departments are not excluded.

Borrowers' Privileges and Services

The library has implemented a single, online catalog and circulation system for both libraries.

  • Card holders may borrow materials at both Allegheny County Law Library and the Duquesne University Center for Legal Information.
  • Checked out materials may be returned to either library location.
  • Check out up to seven books at a time.
  • ACLL and DCLI materials are checked out for 14 days


  • ACLL materials are fined at $1 per day late
  • DCLI materials are fined at $.50 per day.
  • A patron who loses checked-out material(s) must pay the market value of the material(s), plus a processing fee of $50 per book.

Application Form

Library Card Application


If you have any questions, please call Dr. Joel Fishman or Mr.Paul Recht at 412.350.5353.

ACLL Facebook Page

Keep up-to-date with Allegheny County Law Library's Facebook page. To find it, go to Facebook, and type in “ACLL”. If you like what we have, please apply the “LIKE” link to your Facebook page. Richard Hovis and Suzanne Elliott will be in charge of our page and will add information about the library, new acquisitions, new CLE, and non-CLE classes.

New Pennsylvania Bar Institute Publications Available at DCLI/ACLL

Forensics for the criminal practitioner : CSI at PBI. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Pennsylvania Bar Institute, c2011. KFP580.A75 F672 2011

Firearms and ballistics / submitted by Carl A. Leisinger, III -- Sexual assault and rape kit investigation / submitted by Patricia A. Roussel and Troy H. Wilson -- Crime scene processing and forensic DNA analysis / submitted by Arthur W. Young -- Cross examination and case law / submitted by Troy H. Wilson -- Fingerprint science / submitted by Charles J. Walsh.

Handling the failure to disclose case. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Pennsylvania Bar Institute, c2011. KFP539.R4 H36 2011.

Evaluating the "failure to disclose" case / Blair H. Granger, David J. Scaggs, Carrie J. Lonsinger -- What possible causes of action exist / Blair H. Granger, David J. Scaggs, Carrie J. Lonsinger -- Who is liable, statute of limitations, burdens of proof and unique discovery issues / Blair H. Granger, David J. Scaggs, Carrie J. Lonsinger -- Defenses to failure to disclose / Brett M. Woodburn -- Joinder of additional defendants / Charles F. Perego -- Expert reports -- Remedies and damages / Blair H. Granger, David J. Scaggs, Carrie J. Lonsinger -- Mediation as an alternative to litigation / Blair H. Granger, David J. Scaggs, Carrie J. Lonsinger -- Hypothetical case scenario with discovery and preliminary objections / James L. Goldsmith -- Critical issues in the use of the unfair trade practices and consumer protection law / James S. Tupitza.

Current issues in medical malpractice. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Pennsylvania Bar Institute, c2011. KFP196.2.A75 C87 2011.

Update on current issues in medical malpractice / Peter J. Hoffman -- Liens. Liens and subrogation / Gerald A. McHugh Jr. ... [et al.] -- Current issues with Medicare and Medicaid lien resolution / Charles L. Becker -- Analyzing medical malpractice claims from a plaintiff's perspective / Gerald A. McHugh Jr. -- ADR in medical malpractice claims / Richard P. Kidwell.

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