Reference Assistance

Reference librarians are ready to assist you in-person from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. until closing on Friday during the fall and spring semesters and until 6 p.m. during the summer semester. In addition to helping find specific information or materials, the reference librarians are pleased to offer one-on-one research consultations and specialized group instruction in effective research strategies. Reference should be your first point of contact for questions about technology and audio/visual support in the law school.

The Reference Desk is located directly inside the 7th floor entrance to the library. Questions can be asked electronically either by texting 818-clawref, instant messaging cardozolawref or by emailing lawref. The telephone number is 212-790-0220.

Instruction in Legal Research

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.

Electronic Resources

The library provides access for Cardozo students and faculty to the major computerized legal research services, LexisNexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law. These online services present the full text of judicial opinions, administrative decisions, and statutory materials for federal and state governments as well as many secondary sources. The law library also provides electronic access to specialized legal resources, such as HeinOnline, the CCH Securities and Intellectual Property Network, BNA Premier, and the Making of Modern Law. Materials in JSTOR, ProQuest, the historical New York Times, and many other legal and law related databases are made available also. Links to the various resources may be found through BEN, the library's catalog. Passwords or other authentication by either IP address or through the proxy server are required for use of the law library’s e-resources.

BEN is the proxy server for remote access to the library’s electronic resources. You can click on links labeled “online access” that are found throughout BEN. You can use the E-Journal Portal that appears on BEN’s search page, as well as on several of our web pages, to locate many electronic journal subscriptions. To authenticate yourself when off-campus, when prompted, you must use your first name, last name, and the barcode found on the back of your YU I.D. card. If you have a problem, first contact the Circulation Desk to verify the name and barcode used in BEN. 

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 through links on BEN and ANGEL. Please ask for help at either the Circulation Desk or the Reference Desk if you need assistance in locating materials. 

The Law Library staff is committed to supporting people with disabilities to effectively use our resources and services. Contact the Circulation staff with questions about accessibility. The Circulation Desk is located on the 7th floor directly opposite the library entrance.

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.

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.

Group Study Rooms & Reading Areas

Eighteen study rooms for group discussion and conversation are located on various floors in the library. Ten group study rooms are found on the 6th floor; seven are located on the 8th floor; and one is on the 9th floor. Group study rooms are intended for the use of two or more people and not for private study by a single individual.

Quiet study rooms for several people are found on floors 9, 8 and 6. 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.