Cite-Checker's Guide: Finding Books
Search JULIUS, the Law Library Online Catalog, available on the Library Web page under Research.
- Search by author, title or keyword.
- See JULIUS Help for more instructions.
- Copy the Call Number and the Location for the book. Then use the Call Number Guide to locate a specific call number in the library, use the Library Maps on the Web page to identify a location, or ask library staff for directions.
- Locations are hot links on JULIUS. When you click a location link in the record for, say, a book, a map of the entire floor will open; the specific room where you need to go will be in color, and other locations on that level, if any, will be in grey. Click the links in the last sentence, in order, to see an example.
- If the book you need is not on the shelf, check the carrels and tables nearby, and the reshelving area in the BI stacks. Inquire at the Circulation Desk about having a staff member search for the book, or place a hold if the material is checked out.
TIP: If you have an incomplete citation, you can also use library catalogs to verify that the material exists and to find bibliographic information.
JULIUS lists the books, studies, working papers, journals, microforms, and databases that the Law Library has. It does not list individual articles in journals, law reviews, newspapers, and other periodicals. For help in identifying articles, see Cite-Checker's Guide: Finding Articles in Law Reviews, Journals and Other Periodicals.
IF THE LAW LIBRARY DOES NOT HAVE WHAT YOU NEED...
Is time of the essence? If you are willing to:
1) travel to a library in the New York City area, and
2) use the book there,
you should search individual Library Catalogs listed on the library's home page under Research. You will find links to the following, and more:
- several local (and a few distant) law libraries
- HSLCat, NYU Ehrman Medical Library at http://hslcat.med.nyu.edu/
- New York Public Library at http://catalog.nypl.org/
Your NYU ID gives you access to the NYU libraries and consortium libraries (including the New School Fogelman Library and the Cooper Union library). Circulation and checkout policies vary at each library.
- Access to non-NYU libraries:
Your NYU ID also gives you access to Columbia Law Library and Fordham Law Library.
Most other legal and academic libraries require a pass; please inquire at the Law Library Reference Desk.
You will not have checkout privileges at libraries outside of NYU; you must use the material onsite or go back to the Law Library and request an interlibrary loan.
ALTERNATE STEP 3: Interlibrary Loan
If you can wait at least 7-10 days, you may request the item via Interlibrary Loan through NYU Law Library. See Cite-Checker's Guide: Interlibrary Loan.
NOTE: ILL transactions are conducted between institutions, not individuals. You may visit another library and use the material there, but if you wish to borrow the material, you must submit an ILL request at NYU Law Library. The material will be delivered to NYU Law Library; you cannot pick it up in person at the lending library. There are no exceptions to this rule.
This page was updated August 11, 2010