Library Facilities

With the completion of four years of renovation projects in September 1999, the Law Library once again fully occupies its space within the Sterling Law Buildings. The Class of 1964 Reading Room on the third floor of the law building provides plentiful reading areas and computer research workstations in a spacious environment, while the stack areas on the fourth and fifth floors (L4 and L5) have additional study space and offer spectacular views of the Reading Room. Below the main floor of the law building are two levels of library space (L1 and L2) that house the student computer lab and classroom, the Paskus-Danziger Rare Book Room, microform and audio-visual rooms, and stacks for international legal materials. The lowest level (L1) connects with a two-story annex under Beinecke Plaza (Upper East Side and Lower East Side) with extensive stack space for periodicals, state and foreign legal material, and supporting collections in history and the social sciences.
There are two entrances to the Law Library—one on the third floor at the top of the main staircase, and the other one level below the main hall at the bottom of the main staircase. The third-floor entrance leads into the main Reading Room and the upper stack levels (L4 and L5). The lower entrance gives access to computer and library space (L1 and L2) and leads to the Upper East Side (UES) and the Lower East Side (LES). A Library elevator (the one nearer the staircase) connects all levels of the library within the law building.
While many of the materials that have been stored offsite during the renovation project have been returned to the Law Library, there are still a number of books (mostly foreign law) that remain offsite. As the year progresses, some material will be transferred to the university's new Library Shelving Facility (LSF). Requests for this material can be initiated directly in MORRIS, the Law Library's online catalog.