Digital Collection

The library offers access to a wide variety of e-books and databases with legal information. Our e-book collection includes various practice guides, legal treatises, and self-help materials that can be borrowed and read in your Web browser or on an e-reader like a Kindle or an iPad. Our legal databases provide access to downloadable legal forms, case law, law review articles, and other legal information. Use the links on this page to access our e-books and legal databases.

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General/Federal Titles

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    By John Nolon. Published by Thomson West. 2011.

    "Policies regarding sustainable development and climate change management appeared on the world stage at the same time and should be studied and understood as a single body of law. This Nutshell enables readers to learn how the U.S. legal system fosters greenhouse gas reduction, energy conservation, and sustainable patterns of growth including energy efficient and sustainable buildings, the use of renewable energy resources, the protection of sequestering open space, and the adaptation of buildings and communities to sea level rise and natural disasters." - from the publisher

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    By Donna Christie. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 3rd edition.

    This nutshell provides an introduction to the law of coastal management and as well as issues between federal jurisdiction and international jurisdiction in the water. Topics covered include public and private rights in coastal zones, public access to beaches, coastal management, offshore resource management, oil pollution regulation, and domestic ocean policy and the law of the sea.

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    By Lawrence Liebesman. Published by Environmental Law Institute. 2010. 1st edition.

    "This new edition of the Deskbook updates the previous edition’s comprehensive discussion of the law by adding a new chapter on climate change and addressing the latest ESA-related developments, such as the proposed listing of the polar bear as an endangered species. This second edition also includes appendixes that detail key laws, policies, regulations, and contact information for easy reference." - from the publisher

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    By Judson Starr. Published by Environmental Law Institute. 2014. 2nd edition.

    "In plain English, the authors lay out for you the basic concepts of criminal environmental law and how they fit into the larger context of environmental regulation. The authors specialize in criminal environmental law and are familiar with how these complex matters play out both from the viewpoint of private practitioners and as former enforcement officials. They illuminate complex matters by placing policy decisions in the context of the historical development of the field – developments that they helped shape." - from

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    By James Salzman. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 4th.

    "Environmental Law and Policy is a user-friendly, concise, inexpensive treatment of environmental law. Written to be read pleasurably rather than used as a dry reference source, the authors provide a broad conceptual overview of environmental law while also explaining the major statutes and cases. The book is intended for three audiences - students (both graduate and undergraduate) seeking a readable study guide for their environmental law and policy courses; professors who do not use casebooks (relying on their own materials or case studies) but want an integrating text for their courses or want to include conceptual materials on the major legal issues; and practicing lawyers and environmental professionals who want a concise, readable overview of the field. For the fourth edition, to provide students a deeper understanding of how environmental law works in practice, a new Chapter has been written on Enforcement." - from the publisher

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    By Thomas Sullivan. Published by Government Institutes. 22nd edition.

    Focused on how the major environmental laws affect businesses and organizations, this easy-to-read manual provides explanations of the statutes’ requirements, important cases, and recommendations for further reading. Statutes covered include the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.

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    By Daniel Farber. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 9th edition.

    "Farber’s Environmental Law in a Nutshell provides a foundation for understanding environmental law. Expert text includes coverage of various areas, from acid rain and atomic energy, to waste disposal and wetlands. Touches upon the many statutory and common-law regulations shaping the world in which we live." - from the publisher

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    By Jason Czarnezki. Published by Environmental Law Institute.

    "Czarnezki compellingly describes the historical and contemporary forces in the United States that have led to a culture of “convenience, consumerism, and consumption.” He also investigates the individual decisions that have the worst environmental impacts, along with the ecological costs of our food choices and the environmental costs of sprawl." - from the publisher

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    By Mary Angelo. Published by Environmental Law Institute. 2013. 1st edition.

    "The authors present a brief historical overview of agricultural policy as it has adapted to satisfy shifting demands and new technologies, and its role in shaping not only the current farming system and the rural economy, but also the value which we ascribe to our natural resources relative to agricultural production. The authors:

    Explain in detail the components of the current farm bill
    Analyze the ecological impacts of the modern farming system encouraged by our nation's agricultural policy
    Examine the interplay between agriculture, food production and distribution, and existing environmental and related laws
    Conclude with several concrete proposals to reform agricultural policy that serve as models of how to enhance sustainability in our farming and food system" - from the publisher

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    By Jeffrey Miller. Published by Environmental Law Institute. 2008. 1st edition.

    "This casebook explores water pollution and the federal statute chiefly designed to control it, the Clean Water Act, and examines how water pollution is addressed, first by the common law and then by statute. An introduction provides the student with an understanding of what constitutes water pollution, where it originates, and how it can be controlled." - from the publisher

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    By Jan Laitos. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 1st ed.

    "This treatise is a thorough assessment of the important and growing field of natural resources law. It provides comprehensive coverage of the laws, policies, and decision-making processes pertinent to the “core” commodity natural resources – rangeland, timber, mineral resources, energy resources, and water. It also covers the management and protection of non-commodity resources, such as wildlife, wilderness, and other types of preservation and recreation lands. As an essential addition to any environmental, natural resources, or public lands library, the book puts natural resources law in context with a review of the National Environmental Policy Act, a history of natural resources use and regulation, as well as a user-friendly description of resource economics." - from the publisher

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    By Nicholas Yost. Published by Environmental Law Institute. 2014. 4th edition.

    "This 'NEPA primer' provides an overview of the legislation, an analysis of the administrative process under NEPA, and a comprehensive examination of the courts’ role in its enforcement. ELI’s NEPA Deskbook, 4th Edition, also provides immediate access to the statute, relevant executive orders, regulations, and guidance materials issued by the Council on Environmental Quality and other agencies, and important judicial decisions." - from the publisher

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    By Lee Paddock. Published by Environmental Law Institute. 2014. 1st edition.

    "In December 2012, EPA representatives and other stakeholders participated in a two-day workshop to exchange ideas and develop strategies for implementing a 'Next Generation' approach to environmental enforcement and compliance. This book is a compilation of selected papers from that workshop. These papers cover a broad array of topics, ranging from relatively abstract comparisons of different compliance approaches to focused case studies of regulatory programs. Some of the specific mechanisms identified by the authors to streamline enforcement and compliance include: advanced monitoring technologies, self-certification programs, company compliance management systems, environmental petitions, insurance mechanisms, and regulatory approaches that leverage a company’s internal economic interests to drive behavior." - from the publisher

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    By Frank Friedman. Published by Environmental Law Institute. 2011. 11th edition.

    "Frank Friedman’s Practical Guide to Environmental Management, 11th Edition (PGEM) has earned its place among the classic texts on environmental management. PGEM provides readers with the firm grounding in history necessary to put environmental issues in context and a practical map to avoid the pitfalls and capitalize on the potential rewards inherent in the field. It is rare to find a book that combines insight with pragmatism so that it serves as both a desk reference and a definitive treatise. The Guide now enters its 11th edition with new material on the “new” EPA (including enforcement priorities and environmental justice), recent examples of practical utilization of sustainability principles, greenhouse gas issues, the new auditing standards, and several other areas. This edition of PGEM retains its focus on the practical, while also surveying the developing trends in environmental management. As Friedman notes, environmental management systems and corporate behavior, particularly in developing countries, increasingly serve as the de facto system of environmental governance and are key to ensuring environmental protection goals are met. In this new edition, Friedman does a superb job of orienting the environmental manager in this new era." - from the publisher

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    By Sandi Zellmer; Jan Laitos. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 1st ed.

    "This Concise Hornbook is a comprehensive, user-friendly review of the full range of important natural resources law issues. It surveys cases, statutes, regulations, legal developments, and policies that have shaped, and will continue to influence, natural resources law throughout the 20th century and the early 21st century. Topics include resource economics, jurisdictional and litigation constraints, the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA), public lands, wildlife, preservation, recreation, rangeland, timber, mining, and energy." - from the publisher

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    By John R. Nolon. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 1st ed.

    "John R. Nolon’s Protecting the Environment through Land Use Law: Standing Ground takes a close look at the historical struggle of local governments to balance land development with natural resource conservation. This book updates and expands on his four previous books, which established a comprehensive framework for understanding the many ways that local land use authority can be used to preserve natural resources and environmental functions at the community level. Standing Ground describes in detail how localities are responding to new challenges, including the imperative that they adapt to and help mitigate climate change and create sustainable neighborhoods. This body of work emphasizes the critical importance of law in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development.

    Standing Ground looks at the legal foundations of local environmental law within the federal legal system, how traditional land use techniques can be used to protect the environment, and innovative and flexible methods for protecting fragile environmental areas and for making urban neighborhoods livable. Nolon examines the effects of climate change on sea level and storm surges, examining local strategies for disaster preparation, mitigation, and recovery. He discusses the growing emphasis on green infrastructure and urban agriculture as crucial strategies for fostering a healthy environment and analyzes the role of environmental impact review. The book concludes with a discussion of environmental dispute resolution and consensus-based land use decision-making." - from the publisher

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    By Jessica Owley. Published by Environmental Law Institute. 2015. 1st edition.

    "Has the concept of sustainability as we know it reached the end of its useful life? It is a term that means many things to many people, but it has been a positive driving force across all levels of society in a broad-based effort—either through laws and treaties or voluntary action—to keep our planet and our people healthy. But none of those efforts have managed to prevent climate change. It’s a reality that’s here to stay, and it’s bigger than we would have imagined even 20 years ago.

    This volume presents a collection of papers from experts in the field articulating a wide range of thoughtful ways in which various conceptions of sustainability need to be re-examined, refined, or articulated in greater detail to address these challenges. The chapters reflect the kind of thoughtful and sophisticated thinking that is needed to accelerate the transition to sustainability in the face of a changing climate. As editors Jessica Owley and Keith Hirokawa note, one of the main challenges is the need for a better understanding of the issues and developing the proper means of communicating them....
    Rethinking Sustainability will be helpful to a wide range of audiences—lawyers and policymakers as well as students and their teachers." - from the publisher

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    By Allison Rumsey. Published by Environmental Law Institute. 2014. 2nd edition.

    "Superfund law and policy remain a dynamic area of law. New U.S. Supreme Court decisions and ongoing debate over whether CERCLA fairly allocates the costs of pollution signal the need for a revised text of the Superfund Deskbook that examines CERCLA as it exists today.

    In this second edition of the Superfund Deskbook, a team of leading experts from Arnold & Porter LLP do just that. In addition to examining the legal issues surrounding CERCLA—such as liability, defenses, and cost recovery/contribution—the authors pay special attention to the increasingly important area of remediation. They address the process of developing and implementing a remedy, offering expert guidance for practitioners involved in contaminated site cleanup.

    The Deskbook is divided into six parts. In the first, the authors address who is liable under CERCLA, clarifying what constitutes a “covered person” and explaining variations on liable parties. The second part focuses on defenses to CERCLA’s liability, while the third offers an overview of cost recovery and contribution claims. Part IV, which addresses site cleanup processes, includes analysis of the National Contingency Plan and the Section 104 remediation process, as well as guidance on selecting a remedy. Part V moves into a discussion of natural resource damages. The sixth and final part offers a wide range of essential documents, including the full text of CERCLA, guidance documents, and model orders." - from

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    By Elizabeth Mullin. Published by Environmental Law Institute. 2013. 2nd edition.

    "The Art of Commenting takes the reader through a logical, step-by-step approach to reviewing environmental documents and preparing comments. You’ll learn how to prepare for a review, including details on obtaining the right background materials to develop your perspective and increase your expertise. You’ll also learn how to organize and write your comments, including specific examples of what to say, and more importantly, what not to say. Although the book highlights federal environmental law, the same process applies to state and local matters, foreign laws, and even non-environmental matters." - from

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    By John Sprankling. Published by Thomson West. 2nd edition.

    This nutshell provides a brief introduction to many of the different areas of hazardous waste law. Areas covered include the common law approach to risk and scientific uncertainty, regulations on the sale and use of toxic substances such as pesticides, pollution regulations such as the Clean Air Act, disposal of hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and an introduction to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.

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    By William Blackburn. Published by Environmental Law Institute. 2014. 1st edition.

    "The pursuit of sustainability can be complex, challenging, and ultimately beneficial when practiced by corporate, academic, government and non-profit organizations. The Sustainability Handbook provides a blueprint on how organizations of all sizes can reach or exceed economic, social and environmental excellence. The handbook offers a wide variety of practical approaches and tools, including a model sustainability policy for organizations, summaries and tips on selecting sustainability codes, an extensive collection of sample metrics, and much more." - from

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    By Margaret Strand. Published by Environmental Law Institute. 2015. 4th edition.

    "Wetlands law operates at the junction of private property rights and natural resource protection. While wetlands provide rich and diverse species habitat, protecting and promoting water quality, the vast majority of U.S. wetlands are on private property. Federal law addresses wetlands protection and development in a complex manner. Those interested in protecting wetlands or developing wetland property must navigate challenging legal waters.

    The Wetlands Deskbook organizes wetlands law for the novice and experts. This must-have reference book combines insights from one of the nation’s premier wetlands experts and provides all the background materials needed. This Fourth Edition includes updates on the most recent court decisions, agency policies, and regulations, such as implications for endangered species and the U.S. Department of the Interior mitigation strategies. The authors have also added a new section identifying practical tips and pitfalls in wetlands law." - from the publisher

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