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By Paul George

Paul George As director of the Biddle Law Library, I am frequently asked two questions by our alumni: Do you still need all those books and can I use the library? The answer to both question is yes. We’ll save the first for another day and use this brief article to invite you to take advantage of the Biddle Law Library, either while you are in Philadelphia or from your offices in other cities and states.

At Penn Law we are proud that the Biddle Law Library has one of the best academic law library collections in the country. Our collection includes more than 760,000 volumes with strengths in numerous areas of American law, legal history, and foreign and international law. We hope you will find a way to take advantage of our collection and services, either in person or electronically. The library’s catalog, LOLA, is searchable through the internet, and you may find it on the library’s home page at http://www.law.upenn.edu/bll. For a minimal fee, you may borrow materials through inter-library loan, as part of our Ex-Libris program, which is also accessible through the home page.

One of our unique strengths is our collection of materials from the American Law Institute and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. The NCCUSL materials, located at http://www.law.upenn.edu/bll/ulc/ulc_frame.htm, provide you electronic access to drafts, amendments and different versions of numerous uniform and model laws. The ALI collection consists of materials drafts and documents relating to the various restatements of the law issued by the American Law Institute and materials on uniform laws and legislative activities such as the Uniform Commercial Code. While the archives themselves are housed in Biddle and are not available electronically, aids to find these resources are available at http://www.law.upenn.edu/bll/specoll. Frequent users of these materials include attorneys seeking to find the intent of particular sections of a model law or restatement. If you need assistance with these materials, please contact our archivist at (215) 898-5011.

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