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Lillian Goldman Law Library

In Memory of Sol Goldman

The Lillian Goldman Law Library is located within the heart of the Yale Law School complex, providing the Law School community with ready access to one of the world’s finest collections of printed legal materials, an expansive array of licensed digital resources, and an exceptional team of law librarians. The Law Library supports the needs of twenty-first-century legal researchers by integrating access to print and online sources throughout the library.

The library’s collections, both print and digital, include an especially rich assortment of texts and treatises emphasizing law and the social sciences and humanities, reflecting Yale’s traditionally broad approach to the study of law. The equally long-standing international interests of the Law School faculty and students are supported by a 250,000-volume foreign and international law collection, which is complemented by licensed digital resources selected in accordance with the geographical and subject interests of our faculty and students. The domestic law materials for countries other than the United States consist of primary and secondary sources for most European jurisdictions and many other countries around the world, collected both in English and the vernacular.

The library’s collection of U.S. legal materials includes the reported state and federal court decisions, statutes and administrative rules, regulations, and decisions, together with related finding aids. The library also maintains approximately 10,000 active serial titles in print and digital formats and receives nearly every newly published academic press title in law. The library’s rare book collection is among the best of any law library in the world and includes strong holdings of English legal history sources, including an unmatched collection of Blackstone editions. The rare book collection also has substantial holdings of Early English law, canon and Roman law, American trials, and illustrated law books.

Members of the Law School community enjoy easy, integrated access to legal information in all formats. The library organizes access to its large selection of online resources through a series of Web pages. Its online catalogue, MORRIS, enhances access to printed collections and includes all of the library’s bibliographic records, with links to online versions of the same documents. MORRIS also includes the major legal periodical indexes and provides a convenient link to the online catalog of the Yale University Library.

Full-text sources of digitized legal information include major commercial services, such as WESTLAW, LEXIS, and Bloomberg Law, supplemented by many other domestic and foreign online resources.

The Law Library’s collections are complemented by the strong collections housed nearby at other campus libraries, including Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which hold some fifteen million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases.

Law Library hours and services are structured to meet the needs of the Yale Law School community. Innovative services are provided by a professional staff of librarians—most with dual degrees in law and library science—and technology specialists who offer training, support, and advice to library users in their efforts to find information. Individual research and reference support is offered most weekdays until late evening and during daytime hours on weekends. In addition, professional librarians offer a wide array of legal research courses and training programs for students, faculty, and staff throughout the year.

Interlibrary loan, document delivery, and paging, combined with scan-on-demand and deliver-on-demand services, further facilitate student and faculty research and instruction. For materials not available at the Lillian Goldman Law Library, the library provides free interlibrary borrowing services for members of the Law School community, enhanced by direct, seamless borrowing from other Ivy libraries. The rich resources of the other Yale campus libraries are made readily available to Yale Law School users through Eli Express, a free campus document delivery service. Finally, when students need a break, they can borrow an assortment of board games, DVDs, sporting equipment, and other items that provide temporary relief from the rigors of the academy.

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