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Westlaw Patron Access

New! Patron Access is now available with WestSearch Plus, the same search engine that powers Westlaw Edge.  Give your library patrons access to Westlaw legal research.

Empower patrons to research independently

Westlaw Patron Access allows you to spend less time assisting patrons. Patrons can quickly get started and navigate their research with fewer questions, providing trouble-free patron self-service.

  • Next generation legal search finds relevant answers faster
  • Intuitive interface to easily navigate to relevant information
  • Simple sign-on with just the click of an icon

Advanced searching, so even inexperienced users find what they need

WestSearch Plus leverages state-of-the-art AI powered by more than 100 years of attorney-edited annotations so patrons can find authoritative answers even faster and ensure they haven't missed anything important.

  • Find recommended answers for thousands of legal topics without having to dive into a result list
  • See suggested queries that begin formulating when search terms are entered

How WestSearch Plus works

Predictive type-ahead recommends search queries that get more specific as you type.

Intelligent state-of-the-art AI technology draws on exclusive editorial expertise to deliver relevant results. 

Responsive text from the most relevant documents for your issue surfaces to the top of the result list. 

Intuitive legal research that speaks your Patrons language

Westlaw Patron Access is designed to meet the unique needs and challenges of a library setting.


Session-based tools, such as history and preferences, are wiped clean after each user, giving your patrons the full benefit of Westlaw while still ensuring their privacy


Customized help tools designed to meet the needs of a wide range of patrons


IP authenticated setup provides access without a password, eliminating the concern of passwords being lost or stolen


Personalized tools, such as alerts and folders, are blocked from Westlaw Patron Access to maintain privacy

Premier legal research at a predictable monthly rate

Westlaw Patron Access lets you customize a plan that fits your needs and budget

Most advanced search engine

The National Core plan now includes an available option with WestSearch plus, the same search engine that powers Westlaw Edge

Key content

Every plan begins with key content – cases, statutes, KeyCite, and analytical materials designed for your state

Customizable plans

Choose from hundreds of optional add-on modules to build your plan based on your needs

Unlimited users

Your monthly rate, based on content and number of terminals, does not change during the contract period, no matter how much patrons use the service

Consistent costs

Patrons can only access documents in your library's plan, so they can't inadvertently incur additional charges

Help with set-up and beyond

Setting up your Westlaw Patron Access program is fast and trouble-free.

  • At the time you place your order, we will ask you to provide the static Internet Protocol (IP) address for each computer terminal you designate for the program, which allows us to create a shortcut to Westlaw for the terminals' desktops
  • Westlaw Customer Technical Support representative will contact you to arrange for installation via your high-speed Internet service

After installation, you may call us at any time for help:

  • Customer Technical Support at 1-800-440-9378
  • Reference Attorney assistance at 1-800-401-9378
Ready to try Patron Access with WestSearch Plus?

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