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Using the Law Library 101: Home

A quick guide to things you need to know about the law library for new J.D. students and LL.M. students.

Library Hours

The library is open to the law school community 24/7. The schedule below is when the library is staffed and open to the general public. Law students who want to stay in the library after these hours need to carry their law school ID.

Library Hours during academic terms:

M-Th                     8 am-8 pm

Fri                         8 am-5 pm

Sat                 10:30 am-5 pm

Sun                10:30 am-8 pm

Reference Desk Hours:

M-Fri                     9 am-5 pm

Sun                      1 pm-6 pm

The library hours for exam period and summer, fall, winter, and spring breaks vary.

About This Guide

This library guide, created by Jingwei Zhang, 2013 Harry Bitner Research Fellow at the Law Library, is designed to help new Cornell law students learn about the services and collections available at the law library. You can find all the basic information you need to know to use the library and to succeed in law school study. For international students who are new to the American legal system, you will find dictionaries and study aids (some of them in foreign languages) that will help you with your study here.

Most of the resources and services described in this guide are available only to members of the Cornell community.  Please check with a reference librarian or with the circulation desk if you have questions about whether a resource or service is available to you.

What's Happening in the Law School Right Now

Scoops is the official newsletter of Cornell Law School. It is published every Monday when classes are in session.You can find important dates and events, available positions at the law school, and other announcements in Scoops. It is a great way to keep updated on what is happening in the law school and make sure you don't miss anything important! 


Info Brief is a blog maintained by the law library. You can find information on the current special exhibit, new services and devices, new book titles, and other announcements from the law library.

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