Law librarians around the world share their experience moving from printed law books to eBooks and digital law libraries.
When Marta Hernández Alvardo, who runs the Legal Information Center at Cuatrecasas (a law ﬁrm with more than 900 lawyers in 26 ofﬁces in Spain and worldwide), began moving her ﬁrm from printed law books to digitised online versions of them, she had a surprise: no complaints from the lawyers.
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The benefits of digital libraries:
- Advanced search capability
- Ease for end-users
- Consistency of access and lawyer training across multiple offices
- Personalised links and annotations
- Current legal materials
- Less real estate needed for book storage
“For those who were responsible for library services over many ofﬁces, we have seen that digital books have a lot of advantages in administrative cost, availability without our managing a lending system, cost savings on photocopies and policing of the licensing” – Jennifer McNenly, Director of Library and Information Services, Fasken Martineau, Toronto (Canada)