Cornell Law Library began in 1886, when University Trustees bought the 4,000-volume library of Merritt King, a lawyer in Ithaca, NY, in preparation for the opening of the department of law the following year. In 2006, the Law Library celebrated the acquisition of its 700,000th book, Form and Function in a Legal System: A General Study, by faculty member Robert S. Summers. Funds to purchase Professor Summers's book and many others came from generous contributions from our alumni, who have helped to make the Law Library the third-largest of the 20 collections on the Cornell campus and a first-rate resource for students, faculty, and visiting researchers who come to the Gould Reading Room or search the Library's online collection and interdisciplinary databases.
Gifts to the Law Library offer opportunities to honor a teacher or mentor, remember a parent or friend, and demonstrate one's interest in the value of information resources: books, journals, digital databases, online libraries, and more. A gift to the Library can support the acquisition and preservation of books, periodicals, and other paper media, or supplement the costs of maintaining, updating, and improving digital media. An endowment for a collection can become a superb memorial to the named individual, with each volume in the collection carrying a permanent bookplate that acknowledges both donor and honoree. If you wish to establish an acquisition endowment for a particular professional journal or periodical, your name and this designation will appear in the Cornell University online catalogue, which is accessible globally via the World Wide Web.