Access: Using the Law Library

Visitor Information

At this time, access to the NYU Law Library is available only for NYU law students, faculty and staff with a valid NYU ID (subject to the exceptions listed below).

Please email with questions about access to the NYU Law Library.

Bar Study: Summer 2023

NYU Law School graduates are permitted access to the Law Library to study for a July 2023 bar exam. Law students from other schools may purchase a pass for $100. Interested students must email to set up an in-person appointment to purchase a pass (check and cash only). Passes are valid from June 1 until July 31, 2023 and go on sale on May 22. Students should bring their Law School ID and proof of registration for a July 2023 bar exam.

NYU Non-Law Students

Current NYU students (non-law) are welcome to use the Law Library to conduct course-related legal research. There is however, no general-purpose access to the Law Library for use not specifically for course related research or use of legal materials.

  • If you (an NYU student) need to use Law Library resources for your NYU classwork, please fill out this form to apply for access. Review and approval can take up to 2 business days.
  • Non-law NYU Students requiring long-term access (more than 3 days) should provide a letter from a faculty member indicating the name of the course and the type of library material needed. If you have questions, please email

Sponsored Guests of NYU Law Students, Faculty or Staff

The University requires that a student, faculty or a staff member sponsor visitors to NYU Law School. Follow the University’s sponsorship instructions. After that process is complete, NYU law sponsors should email to request a Visitor’s Pass to the Library. In that email, please provide your NYU Law School affiliation, the name of your visitor, and the length of visit requested. 

If your guest requires Wi-Fi access please read this page for more information.

NYU Law Alumni

NYU Law School alumni must be sponsored before visiting the library. Law School Alumni wishing to access the Law Library should contact the NYU Law Alumni Office to request visitor sponsorship from that office and to request access to the Library. The Alumni Office will coordinate with the Library directly on your behalf. Please allow 3 to 4 business days for processing the request.

Visitors to the Government Documents Collection (FDLP)

Visitors to the Government Documents Collection must be sponsored by library staff before a visit. To begin the process, please email Please reach out to us to at least 3 business days in advance of your visit. Please consult the library catalog to ensure that the documents you are interested in are currently in the collection. Be sure to bring a valid government-issued photo ID on the day of your confirmed visit. To learn also about online government materials, please see our guide.

Access for members of the public are governed by NYU University policies.

METRO Referral Card

A Metropolitan New York Library Council referral card allows an individual a one-time-only visit to a member library to use a specified item. NYU Law Library will honor those cards. METRO Card users should make arrangements one week in advance of their visit by sending an email (include photo of your metro card) to

OCLC Shares Members Students and Faculty

Faculty, students and professional staff at SHARES member institutions outside the New York metropolitan region are allowed access for extended periods. A librarian from your home institution should send an email to: at least one week before your visit to make arrangements.

Tri-state Area Law Students

NYC-area law students who need access to an item not available at their institutional library can apply for a single-day pass to access the item. From your law school account, please email, and provide the title of the material you wish to use and the preferred date of your visit. Please allow 2 business days to process your request.

For the Public

Access to the public is restricted and is governed by NYU University policies. The NYU Law Library is generally not open to the public at this time, please visit the NY Courts website to find a publicly accessible law library near you.