Civility and Courtesy Expectations

The staff of the Library views all of its patrons as professionals. In turn, our expectation is that patrons will conduct themselves as professionals.

This expectation extends to a thorough knowledge of all Library Policies, compliance with said policies, and a general civil deportment towards Library Staff and fellow patrons.

General Policies
Access Policies for Alumni and Yeshiva Community Members
Access Policies for Current, Non-Cardozo Law Students
Access Policies for New School and Cooper Union
Bar Study Access Policies
Borrowing from the Library
Group Study Rooms & Reading Areas
Filming & Photography
Use and Protection of the Collection and Equipment
Acceptable Use of Technology
Furniture Policy
Pet Policy
Contemplation Room
Federal Depository Materials

 

General Policies


Food is only allowed in the designated eating area located behind the Reference Desk on the seventh floor of the Library. Patrons with food in other parts of the Library will be directed to the eating area or to areas outside of the Library.

Drinks are allowed in spill-proof containers.

Phone conversations are not allowed inside the Library. Patrons who do not comply will be directed outside of the Library.

Noise should be kept to a minimum inside the Library. The Library is a space for quiet study. Patrons should modulate their volume accordingly. Patrons who are distracting or disturbing to others will be reminded to comply or directed outside of the Library.

Personal belongings should not be left unattended. There is a Lost and Found located at the Circulation Desk and at the main Security Desk in the Lobby.

Fire Alarms and evacuation directions MUST be complied with immediately. Safety procedures and drills are held so everyone can be prepared in case of an emergency. For more information on fire safety and active shooter instructions, please see our Campus Security page.

(updated 2018-05-16)

 

Access Policies for Alumni and Yeshiva Community Members

The Library is open to all members of the Yeshiva University community.  Alumni have reading privileges in the Library. A current YU ID or a valid Alumni ID is required. 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.

All visitors to the Cardozo School of Law must first check-in at the Security Desk.

(updated 2018-05-16)

 

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 law school, contact your own academic or law library to see what arrangements may be made.

Access requests are not accepted during reading and examination periods.

Please contact the Reference Desk with any questions.

All visitors to the Cardozo School of Law must first check-in at the Security Desk.

(updated 2018-05-16)

 

Access Policies For New School and Cooper Union

Students, faculty, and staff of the New School and Cooper Union may access the Library with a current, valid school ID card.

All visitors to the Cardozo School of Law must first check-in at the Security Desk.

(updated 2018-05-16)

 

Bar Study Access Policies

The Library offers two bar study periods a year:

  1. February Bar Exam period which begins in December after finals end.
  2. July Bar Exam period which begins in May after finals end.

There is a $50 fee for a Bar Study Pass. Students must 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). Please bring proof of bar course registration and student ID when purchasing a bar study pass.

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

Bar study access for the July 2018 Bar Exam will begin on May 14, 2018.

All visitors to the Cardozo School of Law must first check-in at the Security Desk.

(updated 2018-05-16)

 

Borrowing from the Library

Current Cardozo School of Law students may borrow materials from the Library.
 
Law Stacks - 3 Weeks
Reserve - 2 Hours
Reference - Do Not Circulate
Primary Sources - Do Not Circulate
 
Items may be renewed online or at the Circulation Desk.
 
Please contact the Circulation Desk with any questions.

(updated 2018-05-16)
 

Group Study Rooms & Reading Areas

Twenty-two Group 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.

Group Study Rooms can be reserved online up to one week in advance: https://cardozolaw.libcal.com/reserve/studyrooms

In order to reserve a Group Study Room, students must adhere to the following procedures.

• Students will make a reservation using only their own @law.cardozo.yu.edu or @yu.edu email address.
• Each student may reserve a Group Study Room for up to 2 hours per day.
• Students must check out a Room Key at the Circulation Desk.
• Students must promptly return the Room Key to the Circulation Desk following the conclusion of their allotted time in order to avoid penalties ($.50/hour).

Please contact the Circulation Desk at 212.790.0285 with any questions.

(updated 2018-05-16)

 

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

Library patrons should not move, open, tamper, or install applications on Library equipment. This includes computers, printers, and scanners.

Students should read and understand the Yeshiva University Student Technology Resources Use Handbook which governs the use of various technology resources, including computers, Internet access, email, and telephones.

(updated 2018-05-16)

 

Furniture Policy

Furniture in the Library should stay in the area for which it is intended. Moving furniture can be dangerous and cause damage and injury. There are various seating options in the Library and seat cushions available for check out at the Circulation Desk.

Please consult with Library Staff if you are having trouble finding a comfortable space to study.

(updated 2018-05-16)

Pet Policy

Pets are not allowed in the library except for certain exceptions. The full University policy can be found here.

(updated 2018-05-30)

Contemplation Room

Located on the 8th Floor of the Library, the Contemplation Room is a dedicated space for reflection, meditation, and/or prayer. Student Services maintains the guidelines for the use of the space.

Questions about the Contemplation Room can be directed to Student Services or to the Associate Dean for Library Services.

(updated 2018-05-16)

 

Federal Depository Materials

The Library provides access to Federal Depository Materials.

For more information, please contact the Reference Desk at 212.790.0220.

(updated 2018-05-16)