Library Access and Resources



Alumni have access to the Mendik Library, and to many of its research resources, during regular business hours.  To expedite access, please make sure to bring your Alumni Association ID card to show at 185 Broadway reception.  Library schedules are posted to our homepage, which also serves as the main portal for all library information.


Alumni may use library books, including reserve books, as well as microforms and other media when visiting campus.  As all these collections are for research, they do not circulate outside the Library to individual Alumni. Loans from the collections may be made only on a library-to-library basis, through interlibrary loan.


Westlaw –

Alumni have access to a generous selection of Westlaw databases, including cases, statutes, and secondary sources, at the designated Alumni Research workstations in room L208.1 of the Library.

Lexis Digital Library –

The library has subscribed to more than 75 Matthew Bender treatises in e-book format.  Alumni can access these treatises at workstations in library labs, or on personal laptops anywhere on campus when logged in to the NYLS Guest wireless network.  Ask at the Reference Desk for assistance in accessing these treatises.

Other Digital Subscriptions –

When on campus, Alumni have access to a wide range of law-related digital subscription resources.  These can be accessed from the Alumni terminals in L208.1, from PCs in the library labs on L2, or from personal laptops when logged in to the NYLS Guest Network.  A complete list can be found here:

Free Research Sources –

The library has compiled a guide to free and low-cost web-based research tools, including our free DRAGNET search engine.  It can be found here:


Alumni PCs –

Two PCs dedicated to Alumni use are found in room L208.1.  These workstations also offer word processing and other applications, and accommodate network printing and downloading of documents.

Library Labs –

The library has four computer labs on the L2 level, each containing sixteen Windows PCs.  These are used for classes and instructional sessions, but when free are available for Alumni use.

Wireless Network Access –

Alumni access the Internet and networked resources on their laptops and other devices through the NYLS Guest wireless network.  Logging on to this network requires a registration code, which changes every day.  Ask at the Reference or Circulation Desk for the day’s code.

Printing & Copying –

NYLS uses the OneCard system to charge for printing and copying in networked machines located near the Reference Desk on L1, and adjacent to the labs in L204.  The cost is .10 per page, single or double sided.  If you brought your NYLS Alumni OneCard, you may add print funds to your FlexFund account using cash or a credit card at vending points located on the first floor of 185 West Broadway near the Café Lexpress, and the fifth floor vending area. If you forgot your OneCard, you may purchase a Guest Card for $1.00, and add funds to it at those same vending points.

Scanning –

There is no charge for scanning. Alumni who bring a flash drive may scan on the networked printers on L1 and L204, or on flatbed scanners on L1 and L301.  The flatbed scanning units will also send scan jobs to any email account.

Guide –

The library has compiled a Visitor Technology Services Guide that contains detailed instructions for use of the technology facilities described above.  Alumni visiting the library should ask for this guide upon arrival at the Reference Desk.


Reference –

The Library’s Reference Desk is staffed by professional librarians, days and evenings, except Saturday. They can direct Alumni to Library resources and assist with research strategies.

Research Skills Training –

Every semester, the Library’s professional staff offers a series of practice oriented research skills sessions, which are open to Alumni. Sessions generally focus on a discrete area of law, a particular research tool or a specific type of source material. Recurring sessions include: Basics of New York Legal Research, Federal Administrative Materials Legal Research, Legal Citation Workshop, Federal Bills, Statutes & Legislative Histories, and Power Googling. LexisNexis and Westlaw refresher sessions can also be arranged.