Document Delivery Services

Document Delivery Services in the United States

Document delivery services sell you copies of articles, sections of books and other materials for a fee.

Traditionally, document delivery services work out of a particular library. Two excellent traditional services are NYPL Premium Services (212-592-7200), which works out of the New York Public Library, and British Library Direct, which works out of the British Library.

A service called Documents Delivered works out of about 20 libraries, including the Library of Congress, the British Library, the New York Public Library, the Linda Hall library and NTIS. They could be your one-stop-shop.

You can also order copies of articles from purely online document delivery services, which blur the line between the traditional services and electronic databases. Ingenta is a good general online document delivery service. OCLC’s Electronic Collections Online specializes in the document delivery of articles from academic journals.

Legal Materials: Most law school and bar association libraries have document delivery services. Some good services include:

To find services at libraries not listed here, just call the library. Whoever answers the main number can probably point you in the right direction.

Other specialties: There are document delivery services specializing in materials from specific states and specific subjects. We have listed some in the entries for the individual states (e.g., “California”) and subjects (e.g., “Medical Materials” or “Engineering“).

Note: For specific information about getting news articles, search “News” as a Subject.

See Also

Document Retrieval Services
Medical Materials

Document Delivery Services: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Document Delivery Services. This part provides references, in relation to Document Delivery Services, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Document Delivery Services by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Document Delivery Services and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Document Delivery Services or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Document Delivery Services and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Document Delivery Services. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Document Delivery Services should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Document Delivery Services when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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