Library

Access: Using the Law Library

  1. Law Library Services Office
  2. Access Policy
  3. Directions to the Library
  4. Visitors Services


Law Library Services Office

All requests for access to the Law Library must be made through the Law Library Services Office. Arrangements, including payments, may only be made during regular office hoursno evenings or weekends.

Location:

Law Library Services Office
40 Washington Square South
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 102
New York, NY 10012

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Guest Pass Purchase Hours:

Monday-Friday
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Access Officer:

Ruthé Rosa
VH-102
New York, NY 10012
Voice: (212) 998-6306
Fax: (212) 995-4559
Email: ruthe.rosa@nyu.edu

Visitors Services

  • Use of the collection, both open stacks and Reserve
  • Use of electronic resources on Library computers that are not being used by law students
  • Reference assistancedirectional and basic catalog assistance
  • Visitors may not borrow library materials
  • Visitors, including alumni, may use LexisNexis or Westlaw only if they supply their own password.
  • This pass does not include access to other Law School or University facilities, including any office space, equipment, or the faculty library; an official NYU identification card; housing assistance; or any assistance with obtaining visa documentation.
  • Patrons with special needs who have questions about accommodations may contact Marina Highland, Library Manager, at (212) 998-6321. All personal information is kept strictly confidential. The Vanderbilt Hall building, where the Law Library is located, is wheelchair accessible by ramps. All levels of the Law Library are wheelchair accessible either by a ramp or by an elevator. The Law Library has two wheelchair accessible restrooms, one on the B1 Level and another in the Brown Atrium.

Access Policy

Permission to use the Law Library may be granted to the following categories of visitors. All access passes and permissions expire at the start of the Restricted Access Period (see Library Hours), prior to examinations each semester.

Students

Law Students (NYC area) must bring one of the following:

  • A current Columbia Law or Fordham Law ID
  • Green Form: Weekdays, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Library METRO Card: Weekdays, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Graduate Students Only
  • Mercer or D'Agostino Dormitory Pass

These rules apply only during the academic year. For access during the summer for bar study or for other purposes, Summer Access Rules apply.

Students (outside NYC area) must bring one of the following:

  • Valid, current ID from their school which is part of the NYU Law Library Reciprocal Access List
  • Letter of introduction from librarian or professor describing the research project, the need for legal materials, and the requested dates of access

The Library reserves the right to limit or deny access as required by the needs of the Law School.

These rules apply only during the academic year. For access during the Summer for bar study or for other purposes, Summer Access Rules apply.

NYU Non-Law Students

  • NYU non-law students may only use the Law Library when legal material in the Law Library’s collection is needed for academic work.
  • There is no general-purpose access to the Law Library for NYU non-law students absent a need to use legal materials.

  • The student will have to specify the needed material.

  • Professors may send class lists to the Access Officer when legal material is needed for coursework.

  • Students from the Medical Center and Polytechnic Institute should bring a letter from a professor or librarian at their school requesting access, stating the period of time access is needed and the material needed.

  • During the restricted access period (at the end of each semester) NYU non-law students who satisfy the above requirement will not be able to enter the Law Library on Sundays before 3:00 pm.

  • NYU Paralegal Students are not subject to the Sunday limitation.

Prospective Students
Prospective students must obtain a day pass from the Information Desk located in Furman Hall, which allows them access to the library and classrooms. This pass is date-stamped and recognized by the Security Officers.

Prospective students should bring this day pass to the Law Library Services Office.

Foreign (non-US) Students & Scholars

  • Valid, current student or faculty ID, and
  • Letter of introduction from librarian or professor describing the research project, the need for legal materials, and the requested dates of access

Those requiring certification letters by a notary for their visit should contact Ruthé Rosa. We do not certify letters prior to a visit, only afterward; our standard certification letter will state only that at the visitor's request we issued a temporary library pass which allowed the visitor limited access to our law school library for the agreed-upon time period.

Faculty

Law faculty outside NYU must bring one of the following:

  • Valid, current faculty ID, and
  • Letter of introduction from librarian or professor describing the research project, the need for legal materials, and the requested dates of access

Guests of NYU Law faculty.
Complete a Sponsored Access Request Form
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Guests of NYU Law students
A current NYU Law student may bring one guest into the library on an occasional basis, when the guest needs to be with the student (e.g., an out-of town visitor). NYU Law students may not bring a guest into the library during the Restricted Access Period (see Library Hours).

These arrangements may only be made during regular office hoursno evenings or weekends.

Alumni

NYU Law Alumni
Must purchase an alumni card through the Alumni Relations & Development Office.

Alumni wishing to use Lexis/Nexis or Westlaw in the Law Library must supply their own password. The Law School is contractually prohibited by both Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw from issuing passwords to anyone who is not a currently-enrolled student.

Please note: Alumni cards issued prior to October 2004 have been replaced, and current cards must be obtained from the Alumni Office.

Attorneys, Paralegals & Business Persons

Attorneys & Paralegals Working for Governmental or Not-For-Profit (Pro Bono) Organizations

  • Valid, current business ID, and
  • Dated letter of introduction on organizational letterhead with description of legal need

Visitors Pass/Corporate Guest Card Purchasers

  • Visitors must be affiliated with a business organization which requires their use of legal materials, and be able to produce an ID demonstrating such affiliation, and
  • Visitors must be able to do legal research with minimal assistance.
Access Fees
Individual Guest Card
1 day $ 20
1 week (7 consecutive days) $ 80
Calendar month $ 250
3 calendar months $ 500
6 calendar months $ 750
1 year $1000

Access Fees
Corporate Guest Card for Organizations
Three corporate guest cards are issued to each organization. Although the users of the cards need not be attorneys, organizations should only send personnel who are able to use legal materials with minimal assistance. Users of corporate guest cards are required to present current corporate ID and the corporate guest card when using the library.
1 year $1500

Payment may be made in cash or check payable to New York University Law Library, during regular business hours.

Passes are unavailable for LSAT study.

General Public

The Law Library is not open to the general public. Pro Se patrons do not have access to the Law Library.

Patrons who present a METRO card from a referring library may be given access to the Library only during Access Office hours (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). METRO cards may be issued for one specified date only. Access is limited to material specified on the METRO card and must be for scholarly or academic purposes. Patrons should only be referred to the NYU Law Library as the library of last resort—i.e., only when the material is not available either online or at any other metropolitan institution. The Library reserves the right to deny access based on the needs of the Law School.

Law Collections in Manhattan Open to the General Public
New York City Metropolitan Area Lawyer Referral

Government Documents Depository Users

The United States government documents depository materials and the European Union depository materials are available for public use during normal library hours. It is highly recommended that users needing documents visit during the hours when the Reference Desk is available to assist. For their own convenience, depository users may also wish to contact the Access Office in advance of their visit.

Bar Study

Bar study passes for the New York State February bar exam may be purchased for $100* beginning January 5, 2015, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m Mon - Thur. Passes will be valid through the February 2015 bar exam. A limited number of passes are issuedfirst come, first served.
Bar study pass contact
Library Hours
Access Office Hours

Documentation required :

  • Proof you are taking the July 2014 Bar Exam (i.e. Barbri/Pieper ID or a letter)
  • Law school photo ID

* Students from law schools that charge more than $100 for bar study passes will pay the amount their school charges.

Summer Access Rules for Students

Legal Research Unrelated to Bar Study
Students who need to use the Library for research unrelated to bar study need to bring a letter from a professor or librarian at their school requesting access. (This does not apply to Columbia 1Ls and 2Ls.) However, summer library passes must be obtained Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.