Recent Blog Posts

Time for a New National Holiday?


The celebration of Juneteenth this year felt different in light of social events sweeping the country.  For those of you unfamiliar, Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in America, as the Union army finally reached the slave state of Texas and announced the end of the Civil War there on June 19, 1865.  There has been a groundswell of calls for the date to be federally recognized as a national holiday. 

And while I wholeheartedly support the move, our job as reference librarians is to give you the tools to make the case, which I’m sure you’d do a better job of anyway!  The research process always starts with asking the right questions.  In this case, things like… What is the mechanism for declaring a national holiday?  And how would you even go about making the case for inclusion of this date?

Summer and Post-Graduate Access to Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg, and Other Library Databases


Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis and Westlaw all have summer access provisions and usage policies for continuing and graduating students.  Read below for more information!


Returning Students
You may use your Westlaw account through the summer for noncommercial research, such as law school activities, research assistant assignments, work for a nonprofit, or in an unpaid internship.

Drop It Like It's Hot: Announcing a New Book Drop


Congratulations! You made through another long and tough semester. Now that you’re starting to recover, you may look around your home and see that pesky pile of library books that you don’t know what to do with. Well, wonder no longer! The library has placed an outdoor book drop by the library main doors. Any books that you currently have checked out from the law library may be returned here.

Please do not return any books you checked out from another library, unless you obtained it through our interlibrary loan (ILL) process. If you checked a book out from your local public library, you will need to check that library’s website for information on how to return the book.

The Home Stretch: Successfully Studying for Exams


As we reach the last few days of classes, minds begin to turn to studying and preparing for exams. You may be wondering how to prepare and study for your exams without access to the library, nutshells, Examples & Explanations, and other study resources you usually have at the tip of your fingers. But fear not! The library offers many resources that you can access from the comfort of your home. Below are some of the most popular resources, as well as some fun things to do during a study break.

In Honor of National Library Week


In honor of National Library Week, we thought we’d highlight some of the ways that your local public library can help you pass the time while in quarantine. Beyond the obvious e-books that are available, public libraries often offer access to a number of databases that can deliver on that quarantine hobby you never knew you needed, but are now desperate for. Whether you want to learn how to bake, do yoga, or speak Spanish, now that you’ve got a little extra time on your hands, your local library can make it happen. Below are a few select databases that you can access with a Hartford Public Library card: