*The services described on this page are available only to members of the CUNY School of Law community*
General Library Services
If you have questions about how the Law Library works, including 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 <pdf>.
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
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 Nancy Macomber 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.
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.
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
The Librarians present a session for faculty Research Assistants (RAs) after the completion of exams, usually no later than the second week in June. Typically, the training covers topics which are not addressed in Legal Research I and II, including comparative and foreign law legal research and non-legal databases. Upon sufficient interest, additional training on other legal topics such as administrative law or legislative history are scheduled as well. Before the training, the Librarians reach out to faculty members to determine whether there are any other specific research tasks in which faculty members would like their RAs to have training. The Librarians can also train your RAs at any time throughout the year. Please contact Raquel Gabriel to discuss setting up a training session for Research Assistants.
Research Assistant (RA) Guidance
The Librarians are always available to guide faculty Research Assistants (RAs) with research questions. Librarians can help your RA review their review their research plan and suggest sources and materials. Librarians can also help craft search strings for electronic databases. RAs generally need guidance at the beginning of a research project and with collecting resources and materials. Please contact Raquel Gabriel to let us know that your RA will be contacting us to discuss the research the research they are working on for you.
Librarians can create bibliographies of books, articles, and other resources to help you with your research or course. We will create these bibliographies with the help of our Library Research Assistants. Please note that we request that the topics be narrowed so the bibliography can be compiled within the ten-hour timeframe for faculty research projects as suggested by the Professional Development Committee (PDC). Please contact Raquel Gabriel if you need a bibliography compiled and for further information.
If you are beginning a new project and would like to discuss potential sources for your research, you can set up a meeting with a law librarian to discuss your research. Research meetings can be scheduled with a faculty member or a faculty member and Research Assistant. Please contact Raquel Gabriel who can work with you to determine your research needs and schedule you with the most appropriate librarian for your research.
Substantive Research Assistance
The Library employs Research Assistants to help compile bibliographies and with other projects involving more in depth research. These projects cannot be completed on an expedited basis. Additionally, they should not require more than 10 hours of work. Ideally and in lieu of using Library Research Assistants, the librarians are available to meet with you and your research assistants when they begin a substantive research project. This is an ideal arrangement to facilitate research projects. Please contact Raquel Gabriel for additional information.
Instructional Support Services
The Library provides access to many electronic resources on our Legal Databases and Non-Legal Databases pages. Librarians can provide general or subject-specific training in how to use a particular database. Please contact Jonathan Saxon for further information.
If you are beginning a new project and would like to discuss potential sources for your research, you can set up a meeting with a law librarian to discuss your research. Contact Raquel Gabriel,who can work with you to determine your research needs and schedule you with the most the appropriate librarian for your research.
Subject Specific Classroom Presentations (available only to faculty)
Librarians are available to present customized, course specific research strategies for your students who are working on in depth research assignments, papers or other assignments, that include case law, statute and regulation research. Please note that if you are interested in a presentation for a course that contacting the Librarians early in the semester is preferable in order to assist with the scheduling given the librarians’ teaching responsibilities for Legal Research. Please contact Raquel Gabriel for further information.