COVID-19 Virus

Law Library

1. Does the information on the Cornell Library Return to Campus FAQ page or other information I’ve heard about the rest of the university’s libraries also apply to the Law Library?

Only partly. Information for Law Students or specific to the Law Library is posted on this page and will be updated regularly here and on the Law Library website. Email if you have questions.

2. Can I study in the Law Library?

Highly limited study space may be available in the library and Law School this academic year. Access will be by pre-reservation. Physical distancing and mask requirements of the Law School are in effect throughout the library.

3. I still have books checked out.  How can I return them?

Due dates were extended to September 8. Print books can be returned to book drops available in the Law School parking lot, at Olin Library, and at the Library Annex.  If you will not be in Ithaca by September 8, please contact

4. Can I check out print books from the library?

Yes. Print books can be checked out from the library via a contactless pickup procedure.  The procedure is being developed; please watch for an update and link to more information. Many titles are available as ebooks and can be consulted at any time through the library catalog.

5. Can I check out print books from other libraries on campus?

Yes. Use curbside delivery & contactless pickup procedures to check out books from other Cornell libraries.

6. What kinds of online or electronic materials are available to me to borrow or use?

The library offers many ebooks, which you can find and access via the Library Catalog. Other online books and practice materials are available through your Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law accounts. A variety of online study aids are also available. Most journal articles are available online in our other databases, which are also a rich source for foreign and international law. You can access most electronic resources from on or off campus. Consult a research librarian for help to find or access resources.

7. Are course reserve materials available electronically?

Yes. Digital or scanned materials for many courses will be available through your Canvas course pages. For reasons of safety, equity, and university guidelines, physical reserves will not be available at this time. Digitized print materials will be available to the extent copyright law allows.

8. Are study aids available for me to use electronically?

Yes. The library provides access to several collections of digital study aids. You can access these study aids from wherever you are located, on or off campus.

9. How do I request a scan of library print materials?

To the extent copyright law allows, the library can scan portions of print materials for you if they are available in our collection. To request scans of print materials from other Cornell libraries, follow Cornell University Library procedures.

10. Is interlibrary loan available?

Yes, if libraries that hold those materials are open and offering this service during this time, whether by mailing books to the library or sending us scans. Requests for scans of small portions of books are more likely to be successful than whole-book loan requests.

11. Will research help be available to me? What about research consultation meetings with law librarians?

Email the law research librarians at for research help questions. Please allow one to two business days for a response. For deeper consultation appointments, simply request a research librarian consultation meeting, which will be conducted by Zoom.

12. Will the library offer any research workshops while access to the Law School is limited?

Yes. Workshops will be planned and delivered online throughout the Fall semester, with schedules posted on the Law Library website. On-demand online tutorials addressing specific common research tasks will also be available.

13. Will I have access to a locker in the library?

No lockers will be assigned at this time.

14. Can I access online library resources from off campus? What if the site asks me to subscribe or pay for an article?

Most library online resources and links allow access from off campus. To avoid paywalls or subscription prompts when you search for articles or access databases, begin your searches from the Law Library website. Many online resources are linked to in library research guides.

15. Can the library help me to manage online learning?

The Law Student Online Learning Strategies guide offers links to resources to assist with this experience. Many of the resources are specific to law students. You may also request remote consultations with research librarians for individualized help.