Beginning the week of March 23, all law classes at the University of Richmond School of Law are going to be held online.  Read below for tips on how to get access to electronic texts to prepare for your classes, wherever you are located. We updated this on March 25. There is also a guide to various related issues here on our website.

In response to the public health crisis, several publishers are providing access to their textbooks for students who cannot return to campus to get books.  The Richmond Law Library already provides access to many study aids, hornbooks, audio lectures and flashcards that all enrolled students can use.

Electronic Textbooks and Casebooks

Wolters Kluwer, Carolina Academic Press, and others

A group of publishers, including Wolters Kluwer and Carolina Academic Press provide access through the VitalSource platform. This access is for anybody who lost access to books as a result of the shift to online classes.  Here are some example covers:

  1. To get started, go to and log-in or create a Bookshelf account with your email address.
  2. Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account for both students and instructors.
  3. Log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen to search for and check out textbooks.

Note: On this platform, individual students have a limit of seven titles to download.  This temporary access ends May 25, 2020.

West Academic

If West Academic publishes your textbook or casebook, here are instructions for getting online access for required materials when you cannot access the print textbook:

  1. Set up an account with West Academic, using your email:
  2. Call West Academic customer service at 877.888.1330 (ext.4) to setup course eBook access
  3. If you cannot get through on the telephone, email them at:

Additional Publishers

If you do not find your textbook from one of the first two services, the service RedShelf also provides limited access to content for students unable to access physical books.  These include publishers such as Pearson, McGraw Hill, Elsevier, Sage, University of Chicago Press and other publishers listed on this page.

Following are the steps to create an account with RedShelf and look for eBooks available on their platform:

  1. Create an account at:, using your email
  2. Go to this page: and scroll to the bottom.
  3. Click on the link “Access Free eBooks”
  4. Search for your book and add it to your shelf.

RedShelf titles available through this emergency service will be available through May 25, 2020.

Carolina Academic Press and Lexis Titles

The law library continues to provide access to books from LexisNexis through their eBook platform.  This collection now includes titles from Carolina Academic Press.  Information on the LexisNexis titles (which includes statutes, Michie’s and many other titles), is found on this blog post with access details.

To view materials from the Carolina Academic Press collection, use this link to the set of materials available through the end of exams.  This includes nearly fifty titles, including some required for current classes.

Study Aids, Hornbooks, Nutshells, Flashcards, Audio Lectures

The library continues to provide access to numerous study aids, available to the entire Richmond Law community.  Book titles include series such as: Nutshells, Sum & Substance, Glannon, Gilbert, Short & Happy Guides, Emmanuel.  For audio, you can access the Law School Legends as well as Sum & Substance recordings.  There are also flashcards and supplemental lessons.

Here are direct links to both collections, which require VPN (Virtual Private Network) access away from campus:

If you need help with research materials, or you’re not able to find what you need, here are options for remote legal research and reference support.

Remote Access to Textbooks and Study Aids – UPDATED

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