Reference

Reference librarians are available to assist you in-person from 10am to 5pm Monday through Thursday, 10am until closing on Friday during the fall and spring semesters, and 10am until 5pm on Friday during the summer term. The reference team can help you find specific information and library materials, and also offers one-on-one consultations and specialized group instruction by request.

The Reference Desk is located on the 7th floor on your left as you walk through the glass doors. The Reference Desk is also reachable by email (lawref@yu.edu) or phone (212-790-0220).

Reference Instruction

Librarians offer research instruction to law journal staffs and to upper-division classes upon request. Librarians also offer the introductory online research training on Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis and Westlaw in the first year Lawyering Skills Program. Advanced Legal Research is a required one-credit, upper division course that helps students develop effective research skills in working with federal and New York state statutes, regulations and secondary sources.

Circulation Desk

If the Library is open then so is the Circulation Desk. The Circulation Desk provides a number of essential services to students and is the place where you can: Checkout Materials, Reserve Study Rooms, Borrow Reserve Materials (2 hours), Borrow a Gadget (Power Chargers, Flash Drives, etc.), Borrow a Study Aid (Hornbooks, Emanuel, Gilbert's), and Make Copies of Previous Exams. It's also where you'll find the Lost & Found, the Hold Shelf, and the Giant Stapler & Hole Punch.

The Circulation Desk is located on the 7th floor on your right as you walk through the glass doors. The Circulation Desk is also reachable by email (circdesk@law.cardozo.yu.edu) or phone (212-790-0285).

Special Collections


Federal Depository Library

The law library has been a partial depository for United States government publications since 1979. Administrative decisions, executive agency reports, Congressional hearings and reports, and other selected documents are received regularly. Most of these publications are classified into the Library of Congress system and shelved with books of similar subject matter on the 6th and 8th floors. Those which are not placed in the general collection are shelved in the Documents Collection on the 9th floor and in the Microform Collection by Superintendent of Documents classification number.

Shlansky Library of Jewish and Israeli Law 

Books and bound periodicals dealing with Jewish and Israeli law are housed in a special collection and reading room on the 8th floor. The collection emphasizes Mishpat Ivri and the various sources of law from which the laws of Israel have developed.

Interlibrary Loan

If material needed for research at Cardozo is not available in the library's collections, the library may attempt to borrow it from another institution through interlibrary loan. Cardozo students should request interlibrary loan service from the reference librarians by submitting a request form in person at the Reference Desk.

Printing, Scanning, & Copying

The law library is equipped on floors 7 and 8 with multifunction printers that can print, scan, & copy. There is also a dedicated flatbed book scanner located on the 7th floor near the public PCs and a microfilm scanner located in the PC lab on the 8th floor.

Printing services are only available to Cardozo students.

At this time, printing services are not available to Cardozo alumni or the general public.

Computing Services

The law library provides 30+ PCs and access to the fast YUWireless network to students, faculty, and staff.

Electronic Resources

The library provides access for Cardozo students and faculty to major legal research databases including LexisNexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law. These databases contain a range of legal materials, including full-text judicial opinions, federal and state statutory materials, and many secondary sources. The library also provides access to specialized legal databases like HeinOnline, CCH Securities and Intellectual Property Network, BNA Premier, and the Making of Modern Law. For a full list of available e-resources, consult the ‘Databases & Indexes’ tab on the library homepage.

Links to various e-resources can be found through BEN, the library catalog. BEN serves as the proxy server for remote access to the library’s electronic resources. To access resources, you can click on links labeled “online access” that are found in BEN. You can also use the E-Journal Portal on the library’s homepage to search by journal. To authenticate yourself when off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your first name, last name, and library barcode number, which starts with 25103, which can be found on your YU identification card. If you encounter problems, first contact the Circulation Desk by email (circdesk@law.cardozo.yu.edu) or phone (212-790-0285) to verify your name and barcode.

Student IT Help Point

The new Student IT Help Point is the first stop for all your IT needs. ITS staff along with trained student workers will be available to assist you with YUWireless, Canvas, Luminis, Gmail, Pharos Printers, Examsoft, and much more.

Student IT Help Point is located in the Library, next to the Circulation Desk. They are reachable by phone (212-790-0460), email (cardozostudentsupport@yu.edu), and in person: Mon-Thu 9am-6pm; Fri 9am-closing; Sat-Sun Closed.

Audio/Visual Support

The Law Library provides audio/visual support for the law school. Law school classes are not videotaped, but practice rounds for various competitions or other types of class projects may be videotaped and viewed on the web.

Video cameras, digital audio recorders, LCD projectors, microphones, laptops, and a document camera are available. The classrooms are equipped with DVD players and LCD projectors. To request that an event be videotaped or that some audio/visual support be provided for a class or special event, contact the reference librarians in person or email avrequest-law. A taping release form must be completed if a speaker or panel is recorded.

Access to Other Local Libraries

With the presentation of a currently validated Yeshiva University student I.D. card, Cardozo students and faculty have access to all libraries of Yeshiva University, to the Fogelman Library of the New School, and to the Cooper Union Library. In addition, the library is a member of METRO, the New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency. Through this organization, Cardozo students and faculty may use materials in area libraries for short periods of time. The law library also participates in the Conference of Law School Library Directors of Greater New York. The nine Conference libraries permit direct access to their collections when needed.

The reference librarians answer questions about area libraries and issue passes, when deemed necessary, to these METRO and Conference libraries. For questions about access, contact the reference librarians in person or via lawref.