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 and Violet Go Pass (subject to the exceptions listed below).

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

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 Ruthe Rosa.

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 Ruthe Rosa 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.

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.

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.

Accessibility Information & Accommodations

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.

NYU patrons who have questions about accommodations may contact Marina Highland, Library Manager at or via phone, at (212) 998-6321.