HeinOnline: Where Books Rule

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Librarianship
Shannon Furtak

HeinOnline has comprehensive coverage of journals, treaties, constitutions from every country in the world, databases of bibliographic entries on multiple topics (many of which link to full-text content), and government documents. One component of HeinOnline that doesn’t receive as much attention is its impressive collection of books. It’s National Library Week and there’s nothing better than a good book, so be sure to take a closer look at the books available with your subscription.

Exploring the Database

There are more than 42,000 books* in HeinOnline, including legal and historical treatises, dictionaries, subject-specific texts, and current titles from the University of North Carolina Press.

Most HeinOnline databases contain books, including:

*Subscribers of the U.S. Congressional Documents will notice a higher number of books, because congressional hearings are technically categorized as books; these hearings were not counted as traditional books for the purpose of this post.

To find books on a specific topic, use the Catalog tab on the main search bar, located at the top of all pages in HeinOnline. Enter your search term(s) and then, once results display, select Book from within the Publication Type facet:

Books in HeinOnline are image-based PDFs of original print publications, so history buffs get the benefit of original fonts, charts, photographs, and footnotes!

Legal Classics

The collection of classic legal and historical treatises in HeinOnline has grown exponentially since it was launched in March of 2005. It originally contained 100 titles and 300,000 pages; today, it’s rapidly closing in on 9,000 titles and 6 million pages!

In addition to works from some of the greatest legal minds in history such as Joseph Story, Jeremy Bentham, William Blackstone, Benjamin Cardozo, and many others, this collection contains rare items found in only a handful of libraries worldwide. Whenever possible, HeinOnline’s collection experts have located multiple editions of publications to ensure the most comprehensive coverage of historical legal titles.

Browse this collection by title, author, subject, or date. View the list of hundreds of subjects to find books pertaining to constitutional law, the federal governmentHabeas Corpus, political science, trials, and many more.

More Books!

HeinOnline recently partnered with the University of North Carolina Press to bring in nearly 200 of their current and historical law-related publications. These titles are contained both within subject-appropriate databases and the new UNC Press Law Publications database, which was added to all U.S. core subscriptions completely free of charge. As a bonus, most titles are available as full-color PDFs:


To find books in a subject-specific database, look for the Other Related Works browse option. For example, enter the American Indian Law Collection:

The bibliophiles behind the scenes of HeinOnline would like to wish our friends a happy National Library Week! Whether in print or via an electronic medium, books are the building blocks of knowledge and libraries provide the platform on which to build.

For more book metaphors or for help searching in HeinOnline, contact the dedicated support team at (800) 277-6995, email us, or chat with us!

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