HeinOnline + Your Library = Unlimited Possibilities

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From all of us at William S. Hein & Co., Inc. & HeinOnline, we would like to officially wish you Happy Library Week!

The theme for this year is “Unlimited Possibilities at your Library”. With the changing needs of users and how information is accessed we feel this is a very appropriate theme.

The Washington Post recently published an article on their website discussing the cultural and technological changes that come with being a librarian.

After “American Sniper” was released in theaters, numerous young men approached us for information on Navy SEALS. Legal hypochondriacs lurk in almost every library, usually wanting to know how to get divorced, but sometimes seeking legal opinions on polyamory or the age of consent. When the recession hit in 2008, we learned to become résumé-builders. Many people laid off in the following few years were from a generation not born and raised in the era of LinkedIn; we provided free classes on how to write résumés, create LinkedIn pages and use online job boards. When Obamacare passed Congress, many people came to us with their questions or sought our opinions. Later, we helped people get online to sign up for coverage.

Read the complete article here.

William S. Hein & Co., Inc. has been serving the library community for nearly 90 years and was founded with one goal in mind: to satisfy the needs of the law librarian and make his or her job easier. Throughout the course of our history as a company we have also had to adapt with the changes in the industry. Stay tuned for more information on the History of Hein & Libraries later this week.

Hein is proud to offer libraries numerous possibilities for bringing information and resources to their patrons  through HeinOnline, our premier online resource product. HeinOnline was first launched in 2001 and has grown into a comprehensive powerhouse of legal research materials and contains more than 9 centuries of legal history. With nearly one million pages added each month, HeinOnline continues to grow and develop to meet the changing needs of the library community.

So, what does HeinOnline have to offer?

Law Journals

HeinOnline is known for it’s Law Journal Library as it contains more than 2,100 law and law-related periodicals. Coverage for this collection is from the first issue published for all periodicals and goes through the most-currently published issues allowed based on contracts with publishers.


Many collections in HeinOnline include bibliography sections where we have identified any additional related publications that are not included in our online collection. We include the list with links to resources to find the titles in your organization or a nearby library.

Bibliographies are included in the following HeinOnline collections:


The following HeinOnline libraries are or contain valuable indexes.

Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S.

This collection contains the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Precedent Decisions, containing up-to-date opinions and decisions of the U.S. Department of Justice concerning U.S. immigration policy and practice. BIA Precedent Decisions is a working index to the Administrative Decisions Under Immigration and Nationality Laws , which contains decisions which have been selected and designated as precedents in accordance with Title 8, Code of Federal Regulations section 3.1 (g) and 103.3 (c). It includes all opinions and orders of the Attorney General, Board of Immigration Appeals and the Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization Service. The index also gives access to Hein’s Interim Decision Service to Administrative Decisions Under Immigration and Nationality Laws, giving you the most up-to-date opinions and decisions of the BIA.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals is the preeminent multilingual index to articles and book reviews appearing in more than 500 legal journals published worldwide. It provides in-depth coverage of public and private international law, comparative and foreign law, and the law of all jurisdictions. The IFLP also analyzes the contents of about fifty individually published collections of legal essays, Festschriften, Mélanges, and congress reports each year.

World Treaty Library

This collectin includes the most comprehensive indexes available:

  • Hein’s U.S. Treaty Index (1776-present)
  • United Nations Treaty Series (1948-present)
  • League of Nations Treaty Series (1920-1946)
  • Rohn’s World Treaty Index (1900-2000)
  • Historical Treaty Index (1648-1919)
  • Multilateral treaty Clendar (1648-1995)
  • Martens’ Treaties (1761-1944)

Government Documents

Government documents are found in the following HeinOnline libraries:

Case Law

With a new partnership with Fastcase, a leading next-generation legal research service that features powerful “best-case-first” tools that make research faster than ever, allows Hein to provide federal and state case law powered by Fastcase to HeinOnline Core subscribers via inline hyperlinks.

The federal case coverage includes the judicial opinions of the Supreme Court (1754-present), Federal Circuits (1924-present), Board of Tax Appeals (vols. 1-47), Tax Court Memorandum Decisions (vols. 1-59), U.S. Customs Court (vols. 1-70), Board of Immigration Appeals (1996-present), Federal District Courts (1924-present), and Federal Bankruptcy Courts (1 B.R. 1-present). The state case law covers all fifty states, with nearly half of the states dating back to the 1800s. Coverage for the remaining states dates back to approximately 1950.

Learn more about case law in HeinOnline here.


The Legal Classics collection in HeinOnline includes more than 6,000 works from some of the greatest legal minds in history including Joseph Story, Jeremy Bentham, William Blackstone, William Holdsworth, Henry Maine, Federick William Maitland, Frederick Pollock, Benjamin E. Cardozo, and many more! In addition to many “classics” this collection also includes rare items that are found in only a handful of libraries around the world.

Librarian’s Corner

We recognize and support your efforts to promote the use of HeinOnline in your library, community, and to your end users. To assist you with these efforts, we have created different promotional materials and digital files of our logos that you can download to use in newsletter or other print materials, blogs, emails, on webpages and other online materials.

Check out the Librarian’s Corner here.


We understand how important it is for you to communicate to your users that HeinOnline is a valuable resource that is being made available to them with support and funding from your organization.  We have developed an easy, no-cost way to help you get this message out to your users by offering free branding of your HeinOnline account. Branding allows you to display your logo on the HeinOnline welcome page with custom links to your online catalog, help desk, or other frequently visited links.

Learn more about branding your HeinOnline account here.

HeinOnline Help & Training

A variety of training resources can be found on our Help & Training Page including:
HeinOnline Live Training Request
● HeinOnline Support contact information
Frequently Asked Questions
Training Guides
Video Tutorials
Library Specific Help Pages

Hein will continue its commitment of evolving to meet the changing needs of librarians and law libraries. Stay tuned for additional Library Week posts through out the week and be sure to connect with us on social media.