Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Quick Tips for Ordering Legal Materials: Looseleafs & Release Collections

Looseleafs and Release Collections

Some legal titles are looseleaf publications and require a subscription. These titles are also known as ‘supplemented’ titles. There is a cost for each update/supplement and they need to be filed regularly to keep the title current.

Publishers on LBL that may have supplemented titles include Carswell and Continuing Legal Education Society of BC (CLE).

In the LBL list, these titles have the following note in the notes field:

Please note that this is a looseleaf subscription: updates cost extra and must be filed to keep the title current. Please contact the publisher for pricing models.

Generally, there will be information on the publishers' website either in the title information page or in your shopping cart that will indicate that the title is a subscription title.

For example, in Carswell's title information, the anticipated cost per supplement and estimated number of supplements (per year) are listed:

If you decide to order a looseleaf title keep this in mind. There are other pricing models such as Carswell’s Release Collection option (see information under “Subscriptions & Standing Orders”). Carswell does not have an option to ‘opt-out’ of looseleaf subscriptions as they do with Standing Orders, so you may need to contact them directly.

CLE, on the other hand, has the same opt-out option as they do with ordering their other subscription titles.

For more information on how Courthouse Libraries has chosen to approach these types of titles see the blog post: Courthouse Libraries Looseleafs To Receive Annual Physicals

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