Policies

The Cornell Law Library serves the education and research needs of its students, faculty, and staff. Visitors with research needs are allowed to use the library's collections, providing use does not conflict with its primary responsibility to members of the Cornell community. As a federal depository library, the Law Library is open to the public to use federal documents and online information available here.

Reference assistance is available to the general public during our regular reference desk hours. This assistance includes help with creating a research strategy to find potentially useful materials in the Law Library's collection. However, reference staff are unable to provide any type of legal advice to library users. This policy is not only for the protection of our users, but also providing such advice violates the rules and laws governing the practice of law.

General Use:

Food and smoking are not allowed in the Law Library. Drinks are allowed in covered containers.

The Reading Room is a quiet study area, as are the carrel areas throughout the library. Please keep noise to a minimum. Teaching tours and legal research classes are periodically held in the Reading Room. At those times, students who need quiet should study in carrel areas.

Reading Room materials should be re-shelved when you are finished with them. Return Reserve materials to the Circulation Desk.

The fourth floor is the laptop-free zone. Laptops may be used on all other floors of the library. Wireless access is available throughout the library.

Access to Online Resources:

Many resources of the Cornell University Library are available to individuals not affiliated with Cornell. Anyone visiting the Law Library may utilize most networked electronic resources available through the Law Library's Online Legal Resources page and the Cornell University Library home page at kiosk workstations. Because of licensing restrictions, access to selected databases may be limited. Remote users still have access to many features of the Library Web sites.

Access to the Library:

The Law Library is open seven days a week when classes are in session. Information about the Law Library's hours and scheduled holiday closures is available here. Access to the Law Library is restricted throughout final exam periods.  During this time we continue to remain sensitive to the needs of the extended community, members of the public, and non-law students conducting legal research, who are welcome from 8 am to 5 pm to retrieve books or obtain research assistance.

All of the services are provided by library staff from the third floor of the library. The Gould Reading Room on the third floor has the Circulation Desk, the Reference Desk, the Reserve Collection, and the Rare Book Room. Administrative offices and Technical Services are also on the third floor.

There are two doors open to enter the building on weekends and in the evenings: one from the west side parking lot area by the Hughes Hall breezeway, and the other on the east side from the College Avenue entrance nearest Cascadilla Creek. The west entrance is handicapped accessible.

Access for Persons with Disabilities:

The Cornell Law Library is committed to providing all members of the law school community with the best possible access to library materials and services and will make every effort, within the limits of available resources, to meet the library needs of those who have disabilities. Questions regarding disability services for library users can be directed to Janet Gillespie, the primary contact person for disability services (e-mail: jmg32@cornell.edu; phone: 607/255-5854). Additional information is available from Cornell University Library Disability Services.