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Bluebook Introduction: Bluebook Formats

Bluebook in Print

Purchase: Buy the 21st edition online or from the bookstore

Rent: You can rent the 21st edition online.

Borrow: The library should have current copies of The Bluebook available at the Library Reserve for checkout. At least one current Bluebook will be kept at the Law Ready Reference section; this book cannot be checked out. Additionally, older versions of The Bluebook are available.

Bluebook Online

The Bluebook Online: The current 21st edition of The Bluebook is available online from the publisher's website. The online version gives you access for one year, with a reduced annual renewal price. You can search it, create bookmarks and make annotations.

Rulebook App

Rulebook App: You can also purchase a license to The Bluebook from within the Rulebook iPad app. As of July, 2021, this app had updated to the 21st edition of The Bluebook

Formats Compared

The version of The Bluebook you choose depends on your budget and your work preferences. You can use the following chart to compare the differences.

  Print - Purchase New Print - Rent New Online - Personal Rulebook App Library
Edition 21st 21st 21st & 20th 21st 21st, 20th, 19th, 18th, 17th, 16th & 15th
Price $45 $35.75 $39/yr $39.99 Free (for checkout)
TOC, Index Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Annotate/Bookmark Yes Not if you want to return it Yes Yes No


Not if you want to return it No Yes No
Searchable Only by flipping and skimming pages Only by flipping and skimming pages Yes Yes Only by flipping and skimming pages
Portability 1lb. 7oz. 1lb. 7oz. On the web Within the App on the device ~1lb. 7oz.; some copies may be checked out, while others may not
How long can you keep it? Forever (or until you no longer have possession) End of the semester/quarter (or whatever period is imposed by the loaning institution) Until license ends Varies (Unknown) For the length set by the law library; ask the circulation desk when checking the material out


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