Introduction to Law Library Budgets

  • Register
    • Non-member - $149
    • Individual Member - $99
    • Student Member - $99
    • Retired Member - $99

This 60-minute course will introduce law library professionals to the budget process and prepare them to ask informed questions about funding, allocations, and how the library supports its strategic goals. The participant guide and the budget case study are additional resources available to you as you go through this course. The course narration is included in the participant guide. They are downloadable from within the course and in the Contents tab. Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion.


  • Identify and manage competing priorities.
  • Estimate spending and revenue at specific intervals and advocate for your budget.
  • Understand how the library uses budgeting to further its strategic goals in order to connect financial resources and meet performance goals.


  • Law librarians and legal information professionals who are new to law library budgets or would like to learn more about budgeting in various law library types. 

AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS:  Management + Business Acumen


Cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing to elearning@aall.org prior to starting the course.


American Association of Law Libraries Course Acknowledgement
Budget Course Participant Guide
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. We recommend that you download this resource and use it as you go through the course.
Budgets Course Case Study
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. We recommend that you download this resource and use it as you go through the course.
Introduction to Law Library Budgets Course
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package.
2 Questions
No credits available  |  Certificate available
No credits available  |  Certificate available

This course is offered by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).

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Special thanks to the Continuing Professional Education Committee and AALL members who served as subject matter experts.

  • Amy Emerson, Villanova Law Library
  • Jonathan Franklin, University of Washington - Gallagher Law Library
  • Jill Sonnesyn, Sonnesyn Consulting
  • Taryn Marks, Robert Crown Law Library - Stanford Law School
  • Larry Meyer, San Bernardino County Law Library
  • TJ Streipe, University of Georgia Law Library
  • Abby Walters, Fish & Richardson P.C.