The library's collection spans four floors, from the 6th floor to the 9th floor. More detail about the collection is below.
The Library's Physical Collections
The Reserve Collection
The Reserve Collection is located behind the Circulation Desk and houses reserve books, media, and periodicals. In addition, the collection has popular items including:
- Cellphone and laptop chargers
- Yoga mats
- Book stands
- Seat cushions
- Portable standing desks
- Light therapy lamps
- Dry-erase markers
The Reference Collection
The Reference Collection is located on the seventh floor. Included in this collection are:
- Dictionaries, including legal, general, and foreign-language
- Legal Encyclopedias, such as American Jurisprudence and Corpus Juris Secundum
- United States and New York statutes
- Reference materials on a variety of subjects
The Kay Mackey Collection of New York Law
The New York collection is on the seventh floor adjacent to the Reference Collection. It contains New York primary law (cases and statutes) and secondary authorities. The collection was dedicated in memory of a Cardozo Law librarian in 2019.
Special Reading Room
This enclosed reading room is located on the seventh floor. It contains materials about the U.S. Supreme Court and Supreme Court Justices as well as current editions of popular magazines and newspapers.
Shlansky Reading Room
The Shlansky Family Library of Jewish and Israeli Law is housed in a special collection on the 8th floor. The collection of books and periodicals emphasizes Mishpat Ivri and the various sources from which the laws of Israel have developed. The Shlansky Reading Room is also a large enclosed space for quiet study.
The Ninth Floor Collection
This floor houses regional, state, and federal case reporters and digests. There is also an area containing select Federal Depository materials.
Federal Depository Library
The law library has been a selective depository for United States government publications since 1979. The depository collection is comprised of administrative decisions, executive agency reports, congressional hearings and reports, and other selected documents. Most of these publications are organized under the Library of Congress classification system and shelved with books of similar subject matter on the other library floors. Other Federal Depository materials are shelved according to the Superintendent of Documents classification system on the 9th floor and Microform room.
The General Stacks
The rest of the Library’s collection is located in the “stacks,” which are spread throughout the library floors. Please refer to the library maps and the Call Number and Shelf Locations guide for assistance with locating specific items.
Floor and Stack Maps