*The services described on this page are available only to members of the CUNY School of Law community*


General Library Services


General Questions

If you have questions about the Law Library, including queries about borrowing policies, using the online catalog, etc., contact Kathy Williams or Ricardo Pla . For additional information about the Library, its collection, and available services, please consult the Library Guide.

Reference Questions

Visit or call the Reference Desk at extension 718.340.4260 (extension 84260) if you have a general question about how to find materials in a database, books in the Library, or other reference questions. The Reference Desk is staffed by a librarian during Reference hours.

Document Delivery Services

With a citation, the Library Staff can find articles and other materials, including books via Inter Library Loan (ILL). Please contact Kathy Williams or Ricardo Pla  for further assistance.

Suggest a Book or Other Resources for the Library

If you find a new title that appeals to you for your research, we may be able to order and obtain the book for our collection depending on budgetary constraints. Please contact Kathy Williams or Julie Lim .

Obtaining a Library Barcode

If you are interested in accessing one of our research databases from outside of the law school or borrowing books from another CUNY library, you will need a library barcode. Please contact Kathy Williams or Ricardo Pla.

Copyright Questions

CUNY has a Web site called ©opyright@CUNY, providing extensive information on copyright compliance to all CUNY faculty, staff and students.


Faculty Research Support Services


New Titles Awareness Service

Each month the library publishes Recent Acquisitions. We previously published this in hardcopy and distributed it to all faculty members, but in an effort to save paper, it will be distributed via email and posted on the Law Library’s Recent Acquisitions page. In addition, if you are interested in receiving notification when the Library receives titles dealing with specific topics, please contact Ricardo Pla, and you’ll be notified via email when new books arrive in that subject area.

Routing Services

If there are particular publications you read regularly, the Library is happy to have these routed to your office. Please contact Kathy Williams or Ricardo Pla to learn which publications are available for routing to faculty members.

Alerts and Public Awareness Services

Alerts and public awareness services for new publications — such as BNA email updates, SmartCILP, West Clips, and Lexis Alerts — can be set up to help you monitor your field or interest, specific research topic, or publication of particular journals. Please contact Jonathan Saxon for additional information.

Research Assistant (RA) Training & Guidance

The Librarians present research training sessions for faculty Research Assistants (RAs) after the Spring semester. The Librarians are also available to teach research skills to RAs throughout the year and to provide guidance on specific research tasks and projects. Contact Sarah Lamdan to discuss setting up a training session for Research Assistants

Research Consultations

If you are working on a research project and would like to discuss your research plan, find resources, or troubleshoot, you can schedule a consult with a reference librarian. Contact Sarah Lamdan, who can connect you with the librarian best suited to your project.

Substantive Research Assistance
The Library employs Research Assistants (RAs) to help compile bibliographies, assess current literature, and to assist with other projects involving more in-depth research. Librarians are able to meet with you or with your RAs to create a plan for completing complex research tasks. Contact Sarah Lamdan for additional information.

Instructional Support for Students


Legal Research & Database Training

The Library provides access to many electronic resources on our  Legal Databases and Non-Legal Databases pages. The Librarians can provide one-on-one or group training on any of the resources. Please contact Jonathan Saxon for further information.

Research Consultations

If you are working on a research project and would like to discuss your research plan, find resources, or troubleshoot, you can schedule a consult with a reference librarian. Contact Yasmin Sokkar Harker, who can connect you with the librarian best suited to your project.