Mission & History


The mission of the Cornell Law Library is to advance legal research,
scholarship, and education by providing outstanding and innovative
information services and resources to the Law School, the University,
and the transnational research community.


In partnership with Cornell Law School, a preeminent institution for legal
education and scholarship, and Cornell University Library, a
world-class research library, the Law Library enriches the school's
programs and curriculum by providing exceptional resources and services
to its constituents in the most effective manner.
The Law Library is instrumental in attracting and retaining faculty,
visiting scholars, and students, and in providing leadership for other
institutions and organizations. In realizing this vision, the Law
Library will work to:

  • Enhance the status of Cornell Law Library as a top research center, especially in the areas of transnational law and multidisciplinary studies.
  • Support Law School programs and the legal profession by combining staff expertise and services with outstanding collections, and lead users into the digital age.
  • Build upon existing relationships with national and international
    organizations, as well as establishing new relationships, to enhance the
    global reputation of Cornell Law School and the Law Library.
  • Shape the future direction of the legal information profession through relationships with key decision-makers.