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Affordable Law School Course Materials: Home

This guide is intended to help faculty identify affordable course materials. Please contact your library liaison for help locating subject specific course materials.

Law Library Databases

Brooklyn Law School Library provides students with access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw. In addition to these resources, faculty may assign materials from the Library's licensed databases. These resources include scholarly articles, legislative documents, and e-books. Our license agreements allow you to post links to these sources on your Canvas course websites rather than to download/post the items. Please contact your librarian liaison or email for assistance. 

Finding Books & Other Resources at the BLS Library

OneSearch allows you to search the range of Brooklyn Law School Library's electronic resources from one simple interface.  This great tool is a one stop shop that simplifies and consolidates the process of research. The results come from a variety of databases, including HeinOnline, Academic Search Premier, Business Insights: Essentials, Business Source Premier, JSTOR and the SARA catalog.  Searching OneSearch is more efficient than searching within each individual database to determine what the indivual database contains on a given topic.

When you access Brooklyn Law School Library's webpage and run a search in the box located near the top of the screen, you are searching in the OneSearch discovery platform.

Note: If you are researching off campus, you need to first implement the BLS Proxy Server Instructions in order to link directly to the sources identified. 

Semaphore Press

Semaphore Press was founded by Lewis and Clark Law Professor Lydia Loren in an effort to produce quality casebooks at affordable prices. Semaphore operates on a business model to provide compensation to casebook authors and still offer low-cost casebooks for law students. A blog post in the LawProfs blog commented on the Semaphore Press publishing model.

Open Textbook Library: Law

A curated collection of open textbooks either in use at multiple higher education institutions or “affiliated with a higher education institution, scholarly society, or professional organizaton.” While some of the legal titles are relisted casebooks from the eLangdell Bookstore, there are several original titles in this collection. The platform allows for user reviews that faculty can reference when considering whether to adopt a particular textbook.



The LiveCarta catalog includes free or low-cost digital casebooks written by law professors.  Students have the option to purchase low cost print copies as well as to purchase individual chapters.  Hint: Use the subject filter on the left to limit to course books to Law.

Academic Used Bookstores

If you would like to suggest second hand online sellers to your students, the three online bookstores listed below sell law school course books. Books often sell at a much lower price than found on Amazon.

When Was This Guide Last Substantively Updated?

This LibGuide was last substantively updated:

On: Sept. 18, 2023

At:  2:03 PM

By: Kathleen Darvil

Harvard H2O Project

H2O is a suite of online classroom tools developed  by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society in collaboration with the Harvard Law School Library. 

H2O allows professors to freely develop, remix, and share online textbooks under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License (per the Terms of Service). H2O is based on the open-source model: instead of locking down materials in formalized textbooks,  course books should be free (as in “free speech”) for everyone to access and to build upon. H2O is geared primarily toward law professors, though the platform can be used across intellectual domains. Professors and students can create, edit, organize, consume, and share course materials that are open and free for everyone to access and build on to create additional resources. There are currently 330 casebooks on a wide range of subjects available for reuse and modification.


Brooklyn Law School is a member of CALI (Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction). Faculty and students have access to CALI resources. Before accessing these resources, you will first need to register with CALI.  Email for registration information.

CALI's eLangdell® Press publishes free, open access eBooks for legal education. In addition, the CALI casebooks are compatible with devices like smartphones and e-readers.

Educators can adopt and edit eLangdell's Creative Commons licensed casebooks without charge. Students and faculty can use any eLangdell casebooks for free.

Open casebooks available through CALI:

Appellate Procedure


Constitutional Law


Civil Procedure

Intellectual Property

Legal Research

Land & Environment