Access Policies for Alumni and Yeshiva Community Members

The Law Library is open to all members of the Yeshiva University community, including alumni who have reading privileges in the library. You must have a current YU ID or a valid alumni ID. Alumni IDs may be obtained by contacting the Office of Alumni Affairs at 212-790-0293 during regular business hours. Additional information for Alumni may be found on the Alumni Resources page. (updated 2018-02-15)


Access Policies for Current, Non-Cardozo Law Students

Students from area law schools and colleges may have on-site use of the library through various consortia. If you are a student at another school, contact your own academic or law library to see what arrangements may be made. (updated 2018-02-15)


Access Policies for Non-Cardozo Community Members

Individuals outside of the YU community must apply a minimum of 48 hours in advance for reading privileges with the reference librarians. Members of local bar associations may be granted reading privileges after payment of a user's fee. Please contact the Reference Desk ( for more information and/or to make arrangements for a visit. The Reference Desk will be available to process these requests Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm and Friday 10am-12pm.

Persons needing federal depository documents have full access to materials received on deposit as well as to materials purchased in support of the depository collection. Individuals MUST make arrangements at least 48 hours in advance of their visit. Contact the Reference Desk ( for more information and/or to make arrangements for a visit. The Reference Desk will be available to process these requests Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm and Friday 10am-12pm.

Any patron who has not made arrangements according to these rules will be denied access to the building. (updated 2018-02-15)


Bar Study Access Policies (Summer 2018)

Bar study access will begin on May 14, 2018. There is a $50 fee for a bar study pass. Please make arrangements to secure a pass at least 48 hours in advance by contacting the Reference Desk ( The Reference Desk will be available to process these requests Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm and Friday 10am-12pm. Checks or cash payment only (exact change appreciated).

Bar study access for non-Cardozo Law School graduates is a courtesy extended by the Library. Holders of the Bar Study Passes are subject to all Library and University policies, and passes may be revoked upon any violations. (updated 2018-02-15)


Borrowing from the Law Library

From the information displayed in BEN, you can tell if the library provides access to or owns a book or journal, if the publication is checked out to someone, if the title is on order, or how recently it has been supplemented. You can also renew your library books or check on their due date by clicking on "My Library Record."

Cardozo students may charge out books from the law stacks for three-week periods; books may be renewed for a second three-week period if they have not been requested by other persons. Materials in the Reserve Collection may be charged out for two hours and renewed for another two-hour period if not requested by other users. One hour before the library closes, most Reserve Collection materials may be charged out for return one hour after the library opens on the following day. Court reports and bound periodicals may be charged out for a period of 24 hours by second and third-year Cardozo students. They cannot be renewed. The following materials may not be taken out of the library: looseleaf services, citators, digests, codes and statutes, microforms, exams, audio and video cassettes, DVDs, and books in the Reference Collection.

Floor maps and classification guides are located near the stairway on each of the library floors and also here. Please ask for help at either the Circulation Desk or the Reference Desk if you need assistance in locating materials. 


Group Study Rooms & Reading Areas

Twenty-two study rooms for group discussion and conversation are located on various floors in the library. Group study rooms are intended for the use of two or more people and not for private study by a single individual.

Individual study carrels for private study are found on the perimeter of the 8th floor. Each carrel has a power outlet.

The Special Reading Room on the 7th floor and the Shlansky Family Library of Jewish and Israeli Law on the 8th floor are large enclosed spaces for quiet individual study.

Studying with your group? Book a study room online up to one week in advance:

  • You must book study rooms online, you can no longer book study rooms at the Circulation Desk. (If you have having difficulties with the online system however, please see Circulation or Access Services)
  • If no one has booked the room after you, you may remain in the room, however, you must leave if/when another valid booking is made.
  • Please see our Food & Drink policy below.


Food & Drink

Effective immediately food is permitted only in the designated Eating Area. The area behind the Reference Desk that formerly housed computers and video cassette viewers is now reserved as the only food-friendly area. This is the only area within the library where food is permitted. You will be asked to remove any food found in any other area of the library. Please keep this area clean for yourselves and others.

Beverages in spill-proof containers continue to be permitted throughout the library.

Questions about this policy should be directed to Carissa Vogel, Associate Dean for Library Services.


Cell Phone Use - Outside of Library Only

Please take any and all cell phone, FaceTime, or Skype conversations outside of the Library.

Anyone talking on their phones or other devices will be asked to leave.


Filming & Photography

There is no filming or photography in the library unless permission has been granted. Contact the Library Administrative office for approval.


Use and Protection of the Collection and Equipment

  • Library users are responsible for complying with the copyright laws (17 U.S.C.) of the United States. Unless specifically permitted, the copying of computer software is prohibited.
  • Valid YU I.D. cards or registration receipts must be presented upon request to library staff. A YU I.D. card or registration receipt is needed each time a book is checked out.
  • Reshelving of all library materials, except microforms, in their proper place is expected. Materials should not be left on tables or carrels.
  • The unauthorized removal, mutilation, or defacement of library equipment and materials is prohibited.
  • Fines are charged for materials not returned by the due date.
  • Library materials cannot be taken into examination rooms.
  • Extended conversations are permitted only in the group study rooms.
  • Eating is permitted inside the library only in designated locations. All foods, whether or not they leave crumbs, attract insects and rodents. Beverages in covered containers are permitted in all library spaces, but remember that spills can cause stains, damage books and equipment – including your own, and attract pests.


Acceptable Use of Technology

  • Only currently enrolled law students can use Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, or Westlaw Next for research related to class, in-house clinics, or research activity sponsored by Cardozo. Students cannot use student Lexis or Westlaw research IDs for work-related projects unless credit is being given and a student is not being paid for the work. 
  • Moving, opening, or tampering with equipment is prohibited. Attaching personal equipment to library equipment is prohibited. Installing program files or storing data on library computers is prohibited. 
  • Students must comply with university policy on the use of computers, networks, and email.