Using Your Laptop To Access WESTLAW At ACLL

WESTLAW access using your personal electronic device at ACLL

Here at Alameda County Law Library we make available, to the public, legal research databases including WESTLAW, LEXIS Advance, CEB’s OnLAW, and HeinOnline.  (HeinOnline is a good source for law reviews and federal legislative and regulatory documents.)  A list of sources available can be reviewed HERE.

The resources can be accessed using the public computers at the libraries in Oakland and Hayward.  Another method for connecting to a select group of databases is to use your own laptop or other electronic device and connect through the library’s wifi network.  Links to do this are found on the Legal Databases webpage.   WESTLAW is one of the resources available by this method.  You can also access OnLAW, HeinOnline and NOLO materials but not LEXIS.

The link for WESTLAW (until recently called WestlawNext) is at the bottom of the screen.  (Sorry not available from your home or office.  Access is restricted to those using ACLL’s network.)

ACLL staff members, Sheila Corman and Emily Bergfeld, have written a step-by-step guide on how to access WESTLAW while at our libraries.  The full Word document can be read here – Accessing Westlaw using your device at ACLL


Here is a summary of the steps –



  • Open the browser on your device.
  • Connect to the network link that reads  Law_Library_Wifi.  No password is needed for access to ACLL’s wifi.
  • Using your browser, go to ACLL’s website –
  • Click on the Library Databases link in the bottom left box on our Home page.  You will move to the page with information about all databases.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the section discussing WestlawNext and click the link for “Patron Access.”
  • WESTLAW will open on your screen.
  • The Use Agreement will appear.
  • Click on “I agree” and the “Continue” button.
  • You are on WESTLAW and can start your research.
  • To download materials to your device – click on the delivery box on the right side and set to the download/arrow icon.  It may be set on “email,” so click on the icon and change to download.  You can select the file drive for saving and the name for the document to complete the downloading process to your folder needs.

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