In observance of Labor Day, Monday September 1, the Law Library circulation desk  will operate under reduced hours from 9am – 5pm.

The Law Library offers a free group digital subscription to the New York Times online ( for current Law School students.   If you haven’t already, you should expect an email from inviting you to set up your free access using our subscription.

Please note that you must use your Cornell NetID email address (e.g. to set up your access.  Do not use an email alias (e.g.

If you already have a paid New York Times subscription, you will not receive this email.  You are, however, still eligible to switch to the Law Library subscription.

Nina Scholtz (, the Digital Resources Librarian, manages the Law Library subscription.  Please contact Nina with any questions about the subscription or if you want to switch from your paid subscription.

Welcome Back! Below are a few important notes and reminders from the Law Library as the semester gets underway.

  • 24/7 Access and Law School Identification: **Returning students: please note changes**
    • Law students have 24-hour swipe-card access to the Law Library.  Students who plan to remain in the library after regular hours must have a sticker affixed to their University ID card that identifies them as law students.
    • Stickers will be available at the Law Library Open House and thereafter at the Circulation Desk.  Please stop by to pick yours up.
    • Library staff will circulate at closing and ask to see student IDs.  Students without stickers will be required to leave the library at that time.
    • To learn more about this policy, including how to replace a lost or stolen sticker, please visit the law library website at:
  • Carrel Reservations:
    • Carrels located on the first, fourth, new ground, and basement floors may be reserved for one semester at a time by 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, and exchange students.
    • Students may reserve carrels in person at the Law Library on a first-come, first-served basis. The sign-up period will span two days:
      • Tuesday, September 2: Reserved for students who are serving on journals, moot courts, or working for a professor.
      • Wednesday, September 3: For the remainder of the students identified above.
    • To make a reservation, please see Margaret Ambrose in room 380 (beside the Circulation Desk in the Reading Room) between the hours of 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm.
    • Questions may be directed to Margaret at or 607-255-0980.
    • All carrels are numbered.  A carrel map will be made available with the signup form for easy identification.
    • Each carrel must be shared by two students. Students may select a carrel partner or choose to have the library assign one.
    • Carrels located on the second floor may not be reserved and are available daily on a first-come, first served basis for all law students.
  • Non-book items available to borrow:
    • Laptops and MacBooks
    • iPad2s
    • Flash Drives
    • Audio Recorders (Professor’s written permission required)
    • Headphones and ear buds
    • Various games and sports equipment
    • Umbrellas
    • And more – see our website for details
  • Materials Available on Reserve at the Circulation Desk:
    • All required course books
    • Study aids & hornbooks
  • Copying, Scanning and Printing:
    • The NetPrinter and a photocopy machine are located on the third floor near the eating area.  Two state-of-the art scanners are located in the Reading Room.  Materials may be scanned and sent to email or flash drive at no charge.
  • Food and Drink:
    • No food is allowed in the Reading Room, library stacks, or carrels. An eating area is located on the third floor directly outside the Reading Room
    • Drinks in spill-proof containers are allowed throughout the library
  • Cell Phones:
    • Ringers must be turned off in the library
    • Conversations must be conducted outside of the library
  • Circulation Desk Hours:
    • Monday-Thursday, 8am-8pm
    • Friday, 8am-5pm
    • Saturday, 10:30am-5pm
    • Sunday, 10:30am-8pm
  • Reference Desk / Research Help Hours:
    • Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
    • Sunday, 1pm-6pm

Welcome new and returning students! Whether you are brand new or returning for another year it never hurts to have a refresher on all the services the Cornell Law Library has to offer. For starters we recommend checking out our research guide Using the Law Library 101. You’ll find information on everything from hours of operation and collections to scheduling personalized research consultations.  101libguide

DSCN2221Join us for our Law Library Open on Tuesday, August 26, 1:15-4:15pm.

Library resources and services will be featured, including:

  • The Reference Desk and Research Assistance in the Library
  • Research Taught in Lawyering
  • Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Passwords
  • Cool Stuff to Borrow at the Circulation Desk
  • Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan Services
  • After Hours Access
  • A Rare Book  Display
  • And More!


We’re pleased to report that the breakage in the Reading Room sprinkler system has been repaired and after hours key-card access is restored.

Please contact Amy Emerson with questions at

Every month the Cornell Law Library adds new titles to its collection. The most recent additions for 2014 are posted, here. A few highlights from this month’s additions are featured below.

Gruesome Spectacles : Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty – Austin Sarat


The Logic of Innovation : Intellectual Property, and What the User Found There- Johanna Gibson


Why Law Matters – Alon Harel


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