Special Services for CLS Faculty

The Law Library provides special services designed to enhance faculty research, teaching, and current awareness.

If you wish to avail yourself of these services, or have questions about any of them, contact your Library Liaison.

  • Book & Copy Service: The Law Library will retrieve books and photocopy pages from materials held at any campus library. (If the requested journal is located in the Law Library, the volume is provided to the administrative assistant who will copy for faculty.)
    • Submit requests via email or via paper form.  Copies of the form are available in the administrative assistant areas and at the Circulation Desk.
    • Proxy privileges must be established to borrow materials from other campus libraries, details are provided below.
  • Proxy Privileges: Law faculty may establish proxy privileges for an administrative or research assistant that allows the designated proxy to check out materials from any campus library in the faculty member's name.
    • To establish proxy privileges, the following information must be provided: Faculty Name, Faculty Cornell ID Number, Proxy Name, Proxys Cornell ID Number, and Expiration Date (maximum/default is one academic year). This information may be emailed to libpublicservices@cornell.edu. Paper forms, which are available at the Law Circulation Desk, may be used and must be delivered to Olin Library, Room 116 (phone: 255-5069).
    • Keep in mind that once a proxy is established, the proxys patron record is linked to the faculty members patron record in the Cornell University Library database. Thus, the proxy may charge books from any campus library to and for the faculty member.

  • Unlimited Library Access: The Law Library is integrated into Myron Taylor Hall, located on all 7 levels of the building.
    • Faculty have 24-hour access to the collection with their library keys.
    • Circulation Desk services are available during the academic year Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 12 noon-5 p.m.; and Sunday 12 noon-10 p.m.

  • Circulation of Law Library Materials: The Circulation Desk is located in the Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Myron Taylor Hall.
    • Faculty enjoy indefinite loans of most library materials.
    • Hard-copy journals have a one-month loan period.
    • Reserve materials and non-circulating items may be checked out by special arrangement.
    • While the Law Library does not charge overdue fines to faculty on regular items, be aware that items remain subject to recall and recalls incur charges for late return.
    • For faculty convenience, administrative assistant offices on floors 1, 2, and 3 have a library area where faculty may return items, as well as check out items when the Circulation Desk is closed. Forms are provided for this check out function.

  • Rush Orders and Cataloging: If your library request is not owned by Cornell and would be appropriate for the law collection, the Law Library will rush order from the vendor and rush catalog the item upon receipt to get it into your hands as quickly as possible.

  • Current Awareness: These services are a convenient way for faculty to stay current with new developments in their areas of expertise.
  • CILP: The Law Library can provide faculty with a print or email version of the Current Index to Legal Periodicals, a weekly index published by the University of Washington. For a customized email delivery based upon your selection of subjects and/or law review tables of contents, SmartCILP is available. Contact your Library Liaison for assistance.
  • New Books: New acquisitions are made available for faculty review on a book truck placed in the Faculty Lounge. The Library asks that these books not leave the Faculty Lounge. To have an item routed to you, write your name on an orange routing slip found with the book truck, and place the slip in the item.
  • Routing:  New issues of journals may be routed to faculty upon request. Please hold a routed issue for no more than two weeks. If additional time is needed, the issue will be returned to you when the routing is complete.
  • Faculty Lounge Collection: In the Faculty Lounge is a collection of the publications of tenured, tenure-track, and emeriti faculty. Items for this collection, including treatises, casebooks, hornbooks, supplements, and offprints of articles, should be sent to Chris O'Hara (Room 360, Phone 255-5856, email).