We’ve constructed a visual timeline of the Law Library’s history to coincide with Cornell’s 150th anniversary.

The interactive timeline is a feature of our brand new website and marks important events in the Library’s history from the Law School’s opening in 1887 through present day.


We’re pleased to announce that we’re implementing the innovative new LexisNexis Digital Library (http://cornell.law.overdrive.com), which offers some of our more frequently used treatises and practice guides in eBook format.

Law slexisgraphicstudents, faculty and staff can check out and return titles via the Digital Library website on your work or home computer (PC or Mac) or using your mobile device. Once an eBook is checked out, internet access is not required to read the eBook, only to access embedded links. You may use the Overdrive Read function to download eBooks directly into your web browser, or you may download titles to your preferred eReader software or device. All the titles available in the Digital Library will also remain available at the Law Library in print.

To sign into the Digital Library, enter your NetID and password. For more information on using the Digital Library, please see the attached information sheet, see our website, or contact Nina Scholtz, Digital Resources Librarian.

Check out our new Law Library website!

Features of the new website include:

• A responsive design, adaptable to desktop, tablet and mobile devices
• Catalog, hours and room reservations lookups from every page
• Interactive webforms
• Active course reserve lookup
• Interactive law library timeline
• Rotating media spotlights and carousels that highlight the activities and resources of the law library

Many thanks to all who contributed to this functional and well designed website built on a Drupal 7 platform.


New in ProQuest Congressional:

  • Executive Branch Documents: Includes nearly all of over 200,000 executive branch documents from 1789-1909 not included in the U.S. Serial Set, as well as an additional 200,000 titles from 1910-1932.
  • Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations, 1789-Present: The only place you can access a complete collection, both numbered and unnumbered, including those published in the Federal Register, and many more that were not.
  • Don’t forget ProQuest Congressional also includes

o Bills and Laws, 1789-present;
o The complete Serial Set, including maps, 1789-present;
o Congressional Record and predecessors, 1789-present;
o CRS Reports, 1916-present;
o Hearing transcripts, 1824-present;
o House & Senate Documents and reports, 1789-present; and
o Access to Legislative Insight, with over 18,000 legislative histories.

For more information about ProQuest Congressional, please contact Nina Scholtz, Digital Resources Librarian.

You have probably received a notification from Westlaw prompting you to change your password. Westlaw is requiring that all academic account holders change their password.  Starting February 1 users will be directed to change their passwords before being allowed to log in.

TO CHANGE PASSWORDS NOW:  Sign on at http://lawschool.westlaw.com  On the left side of the page under Welcome, you’ll see an Update link next to your name.  Click the link and your OnePass information will pop up.  Click the Manage OnePass Profile link.  You’ll now be on the General Settings page.  Scroll down and type in your new password and re-enter in the Confirm field.  Then click Save.  Password requirements will pop up—you must follow these!

We encourage you to be proactive in making the change prior to the deadline. Please contact Faculty Services Librarian Matt Morrison at mmm72@cornell.edu if you have any questions.

Today the Law Library is launching two new services for faculty and students.  ScanIt is a free document delivery service through which copies of library materials are delivered electronically within two business days of a request.  For information about how to place a request and for more details regarding the parameters and restrictions of this service, please see our website here.

The Law Library will additionally be offering paging services for materials located in the Law Library stacks.  Faculty and students may request materials from the stacks and have them delivered to the circulation desk by simply locating the item in the library catalog and then clicking the “Request Item” button.  (See below.)  The materials will then be delivered directly to faculty offices. Students may pick up materials at the circulation desk.


ScanIt and paging services are being offered on a pilot basis. Questions may be directed to Melissa Littlejohn at lawlibscanit@cornell.edu.

Every month the Cornell Law Library adds new titles to its collection. The most recent additions for January 2015 are posted, here. A few highlights from this month’s additions are featured below.

eQuality: The Struggle for Web Accessibility by Persons with Cognitive Disabilities – Peter Blanck


NAFTA at 20 –  Michael J. Boskin, Ed.


Trade, Food Security, and Human Rights – Ying Chen


Carrels are available for signup on a first-come, first-serve basis for 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs ONLY.

Students working on journals or as research assistants for professors receive priority and can sign up for a carrel a day early on January 21st from 8am- 4pm. Regular signups will be on January 22nd from 8am – 4pm. 

Two students are assigned to each carrel and students are encouraged to know who they want their carrel partner to be ahead of time.  Click HERE to learn more about the library’s carrel policies.

Spring semester regular hours will begin this weekend:

Saturday, Jan 17- 10:30am-5:00pm

Sunday, Jan 18- 10:30am-8:00pm

We will be closed on Monday, Jan 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

NOTE: The library will also be closing at 2 pm on December 24.

winter break 2015




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