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Case Study: Suffolk University Offers eBooks in a Digital Library to Reduce Student Costs while Increasing Access to Information

LexisNexis® Digital Library provides value for students, faculty and alumni

Suffolk University places a high value on technology and innovation that prepares students for the future of the legal profession. For example, the University offers a legal technology and innovation concentration and has an Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation where students learn how to develop software and apps for streamlining legal practice.

When Ron Wheeler was hired as director of law library & information resources, technology helped him reduce the footprint of the John Joseph Moakley Law Library, decrease the size of the collection without reducing access to information, and innovate to create a more modern experience for faculty and students. In pursuing these objectives, he had service and savings in mind.

Wheeler sought to give students access to study aid material from anywhere. “I wanted to find a solution where students could read their course reserve materials on the train or at lunchtime at the law firm where they work or while they’re on the beach at the Cape,” says Wheeler. “Since we have the technology to provide those remote resources, it was time to just do it."

Suffolk adopted the LexisNexis® Digital Library, giving students and faculty access to authoritative legal eBook content on a variety of major mobile devices and desktop platforms. Right now the subscription includes more than 2,000 volumes, including full-text LexisNexis casebooks, study aids like the Understanding series and Questions and Answers series, books published by the American Bar Association (ABA) and numerous stand-alone titles.

Access the PDF to discover how Suffolk improved affordability for students and expanded access to information in the face of a shrinking acquisitions budget and reduced physical library space.

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