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The Allegheny County Law Library is a free, public law library open to the public. 
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Borrowers' Fees

An annual borrowers' fee will be charged to each user for checking out library materials for home or office use. The amount of fees charged is consistent with the norms practiced by other similar public law libraries in the country (e.g. Minneapolis, Seattle, and San Diego).

The borrowers' fee structure is based on the premise that research performed by one attorney in an organization benefits the entire company. Therefore, law firms and corporate legal departments are thus required to pay the annual borrowers' fees for the total number of attorneys in the company, if it intends to check out library materials from ACLL and Duquesne law libraries.


Schedule of Annual Borrowers' Fees

  1. Attorneys of Allegheny County (private):
        Firm Size Fee:
        X-Large (101 +) $7,875
        Large (61-100) $5,250
        Medium (25-60) $2,625
        Small (1-24) $105/attorney
  2. Attorneys outside of Allegheny County: $155 per person.
  3. General Public of Allegheny County: $105 per person.
  4. General public outside of Allegheny County: $155 per person.
  5. Judges (federal, state, and local) will not be required to pay borrowers' fees. Other governmental law departments are not excluded.

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Borrowers' Privileges and Services

The library has implemented a single, online catalog and circulation system for both libraries.

  • Card holders may borrow materials at both Allegheny County Law Library and the Duquesne University Center for Legal Information.
  • Checked out materials may be returned to either library location.
  • 10 books may be checked out at a time
  • Materials generally circulate for 14 days


  • ACLL materials are fined at $1 per day late
  • DCLI materials are fined at $.50 per day
  • A patron who loses checked-out material(s) must pay the market value of the material(s), plus a processing fee of $50 per book.



If you have any questions, please call the library at 412.350.5353.


Application Form

Please complete the online form below. When you submit the form you will be re-directed to our secure payment site to complete payment with a credit/debit card or e-check.