About the Library

Located in the law school’s new building at 185 West Broadway, the Mendik Library provides comfortable research and study facilities for students and faculty. It houses more than 500,000 volumes of books, microforms, and audio/visual materials. The fully air conditioned physical facilities include study carrels and tables, lounge seating, and meeting rooms for study groups. A range of sophisticated computer research services and other technological enhancements augment the Library’s superb book collection.

Housed in the Library are several computer labs and training rooms with workstations for Internet access and computer-assisted research. Wireless network access is also available in all Library areas. The major computer legal research database vendors, LexisNexis and Westlaw, have installations in the Library, offering training and support. In addition, the Library subscribes to an ever-growing number of electronic research products, including HeinOnline, Making of Modern Law, ProQuest Congressional, Bloomberg Law and JSTOR. Our reference librarians are fully trained in all of the computer-based research systems, and offer Library users both personal assistance and training.

The Library’s Online Catalog, automated acquisitions, serials, and circulation control systems provide easy and comprehensive access to the Library’s collections. To maximize the range of materials and facilities available to students and faculty, the Library has joined several library consortia. Our participation in these consortia enables us to arrange access for our students and faculty to other research and academic libraries throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Using bibliographic databases, librarians can locate and arrange for the interlibrary loan of materials from academic, court, public and private libraries throughout New York and the United States.

Library staff members are available seven days a week, days and evenings, to assist members of the law school community with research problems and to direct them to the most current materials in their particular areas of study. The full-time staff of twenty-three includes twelve professional librarians, seven of whom hold J.D. degrees. The Library works closely with the faculty, the Legal Practice, the law school journals, and moot court students and staff to coordinate programs and to insure that the challenging studying, researching, and writing needs of the NYLS community are met.