Our Policies

General Library Policies

The library has a small collection of law-related video and audio materials. A room for viewing is available near the Microform Room on L2. See the Reference Staff for assistance.

 

The following document delivery services are available for obtaining books, articles and other research materials.

Interlibrary Loan

If you need an item for longer than 12 weeks, you should use Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Scan on Demand

In addition to these services, The Yale law library is now offering a free Scan on Demand service.

Scan on Demand is a free, electronic document delivery service that enables you  to request chapters of books or journal articles from the library’s collections.

To request a book directly from our Morris catalog, click on the button: SCAN AND DELIVER. To make a request from our Encore catalog, click on MORE RESOURCES, then click on SCAN AND DELIVER. Either way, you’ll be asked to log in, then taken directly to a form on which you’ll complete page numbers required. If this is confusing, simply send the request to julian.aiken@yale.edu (link sends e-mail)

Borrow Direct, Interlibrary Loan and On Demand Services: The Small Print

Scan on Demand

Please note the following:

  • Requests may be made for personal use only and are limited to two chapters from a book, or two articles from a journal, or up to 100 pages of other material, subject to copyright limitations
  • Requests are fulfilled within 2 business days
  • Microfilm, rare books and already checked-out items are not eligible
  • Requests made for multiple chapters from a single book will be rejected
  • No more than 2 requests per day
  • We reserve the right to reject any request which might constitute a copyright violation
  • We will meet your requests as quickly as possible, but we offer no rush service
  • If you have any questions or feedback, please contact the Access Services Librarian, Julian Aiken: julian.aiken@yale.edu (link sends e-mail) x.29616

Deliver on Demand

  • We will mail up to 5 books per year to you anywhere within the USA or Canada;
  • This service is available to students who are resident in, or will be returning to, New Haven (e.g. if you are working elsewhere for the summer, but will be returning to continue studies in September);
  • Books will be checked out to you for the period until you return to New Haven;
  • Whilst we will do our best to avoid recalling your books, please remember that all books are subject to recall.
  • If a book is non-circulating, rare, or expensive book, we may have to deny the request, but we’ll do our best to avoid doing so!

We are genuinely excited to offer this ground-breaking service to our readers.  Please do remember that other alternatives may also exist to help you get hold of material you may need remotely, such as Scan on Demand and Interlibrary Loan.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any suggestions or feedback.

Interlibrary Loan:

Yale Law School Faculty, Students, and Staff

Interlibrary loan supports research and course-related activity of the Yale Law community by obtaining photocopies and short-term loans of materials that are not available at Yale.

Requests should be submitted via our web form.

Interlibrary Loan Eligibility

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) borrowing is available to any member of the Yale Law School community – faculty, students, and staff.  If a patron needs a book or copy of an article that is not available within the Yale University Library system, library staff can attempt to borrow from another library.  We advise you to check with a reference librarian prior to completing a request form.  They can assist with locating materials within the Yale Libraries as well as locating full text electronic resources.  This would be faster than waiting for the arrival of Interlibrary Loan materials.

Requesting Material

Generally ILL is intended for borrowing material that is not available on this campus, however exceptions may be made. If an item is noted as missing in MORRIS or Orbis, make note of this in the Notes field, such as MORRIS says copy is missing.

  • We do not request items that are on reserve at the Law Library
  • We do not request material that is available in PDF format online
  • We will request items that patrons are not able to locate only after a search has been completed by the Circulation staff.  Please indicate this in the “Notes” field.
  • We will borrow checked-out materials only after a recall has failed.  Please indicate this in the “Notes” field.
  • Newspapers: Every effort is made to obtain pdf copies or microfilm or microfiche for a particular article. Please note obtaining copies of articles is often difficult and sometimes will result in a re-formatted copy of the required article rather than an exact duplication.

Delivery Timeframe

Material is generally sent by UPS or US Mail. It can take 7–10 days.  Some requests take longer and other requests may arrive in 2-3 days.  The ILL staff assumes that all material is needed in a timely manner and makes every effort to get the material to this campus in the shortest time possible.  If a request is marked by the patron as a RUSH, staff will place a priority, however there are no guarantees.

Notification

Students and staff will receive email notification when material arrives.  Pick up is at the Law Library Circulation Desk.  Material for faculty is delivered to their offices.  Photocopied material is sent electronically.

Length of Loan Period

The loan period is set by the lending library.  In most circumstances the material is loaned for 4 weeks.  The due date is marked on the orange book band.

Renewals

Courtesy notices are sent for all ILL material 5 days before the borrowed item is due.  Renewal requests can be sent to ill.law@yale.edu (link sends e-mail).  Please include the ILL number which is noted on the orange book band.  Library staff will contact the lending library asking permission to renew the item.  Patrons will be informed of the outcome by the library staff.

Restrictions

IN LIBRARY USE: Occasionally a lender will require that material be used in the library.  Patrons will be notified that the material is in the Law Library Rare Book Room on L2.

PHOTOCOPYING: Some libraries will not permit photocopying.  This will be noted on the orange book band.

NO RENEWALS:  If required, this will be noted on the orange book band.
During busy times student requests may be limited to no more than 10 requests per student per day. This is at the discretion of the Interlibrary Loan staff and supervisor.

Returning ILL Material

All borrowed material is to be returned to the Law Library Circulation Desk on L3.  Patrons with unreturned books or books that were damaged while in their possession will be charged replacement/repair costs determined by the lending library and in addition a $25.00 processing fee.  Charges are submitted to the Bursar.

Items Not Available Through Interlibrary Loan

Occasionally we are not able to obtain material that is requested.  If the title is in keeping with our Collection Development Policy we may purchase the item.  Patrons will be notified if this is the case.  If there is a problem with a citation, the patron will be referred to Reference staff for assistance.  Source citers may be encouraged to contact the author of the piece.

For further information contact Alison Burke (ill.law@yale.edu (link sends e-mail)) at (203) 432-8021. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

Non-Yale Libraries, Organizations, and Individuals

We provide interlibrary lending and copying services to other libraries, academic institutions, government and non-profit entities as well as for-profit organizations.  We do not accept requests from individuals.  If you are not affiliated with an academic institution and wish to borrow material from the Law Library, please contact your local library to place a request. 

Contact Information:

Phone:  203-432-1640 or 432-8021
Fax:  203-432-9692
Email: ill.law@yale.edu (link sends e-mail)
Ariel: 130.132.149.235

Address:
Lillian Goldman Library
Yale Law School
Interlibrary Loan
127 Wall Street
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Requesting

OCLC libraries should submit their request via OCLC.  If you are a SHARES or NELLCO member, please indicate your affiliation on your request.  Our OCLC symbol is GXR.  Please submit separate requests for each item requested.

We will also accept requests via email (ill.law@yale.edu (link sends e-mail)) or via fax.

We generally lend circulating items from our catalog [/] with the following exceptions:

-Popular DVD Collection
-Items on reserve
-Fragile items
-Pre-1875 imprints
-Reference items

Items that may be loaned or copied at our discretion:

-microfilm and microfiche
-Special collections

Loan Period

Books are usually loaned for 6 weeks (from date of shipment).  Certain items may be loaned for shorter duration.  Renewal requests are accepted and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Processing time

Every effort is made to process requests in a timely manner.  Requests generally take 2-3 business days to process, longer for special items. 

We cannot accommodate rush requests from the for-profit community. 

Shipping

We ship via UPS and shipping costs are included in the cost of the loan.  For expedited shipping, please provide your FedEx account number on the request and specify the level of service.

International shipping is done via FedEx.  A standardized street address (no P.O. Boxes) and telephone number are required.

Photocopies may be sent either by Ariel (preferred), fax or US Mail.

Overdues

Overdue notices are sent monthly.  Items that have not been renewed or returned 60 days after the original due date will be billed for the cost of replacement plus a $25 non-refundable charge. 

Fees and Billing

NELLCO:
 Articles: no charge
 Loans:  no charge

SHARES:
 Articles: $10
 Loans:  $10

OCLC:
 Articles:  $20
 Loans:  $20
 International articles: $20
 International loans: $45

For-profit institutions (pre-payment may be required)

 Articles: $100 
 Loans:  $250
 International loans: $250

Payment through OCLC’s IFM is preferred.  Checks or IFLA vouchers are also accepted.  We can not accept credit card payments at this time.  An invoice will be included with the loan or article at time of shipment for all others.  Prompt payment is requested.
 
Checks should be payable to:

Lillian Goldman Law Library/Yale Law School

Mail payment to:

Lillian Goldman Law Library
Interlibrary Loan Department
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Invoices unpaid after 60 days will incur additional fees.
Invoices unpaid after 90 days will result in a suspension of services.

Please send comments regarding this section to the Circulation Department.

The basic loan period is one month. Books are subject to recall after two weeks. Failure to return library materials promptly after recall may result in suspension of a user's privileges.Please note, bound periodicals circulate for 2 weeks.

As is the case with many law libraries, a large portion of the collection is noncirculating. Among the noncirculating materials are reporters, statutes, digests, reference materials and books published prior to 1875.

The shelving system, used in all the stacks in the lower portions of the library, is called compact shelving because a minimum of floor space is used to house a great number of books. The stacks move left and right on a track installed in the floor. The large cranks at the end of each range can be turned either clockwise or counter-clockwise to allow access to the books in a given range. It is not necessary to move one range at a time. A group of ranges can be moved in tandem, and will glide easily on the track.

To move the shelving, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the nearest range that is open.
  2. Look to see if anyone is in the open range. If no one is in the range, push the red locking mechanism to the ‘in’ position.
  3. Go back to the range you want to enter.
  4. Turn the crank in the direction of the open range that you just unlocked. Crank until the space between ranges is wide enough to allow you to enter.
  5. Before entering the range, be certain that the red locking mechanisms on both sides of the aisle you are entering are in the ‘out’ position. If not, simply pull the locking mechanism out.

Remember, the locking mechanism must be in the ‘out’ position to keep the shelves from being closed by someone else while you are inside!

A variety of computing facilities are available in the Law Library. Workstations in the main Reading Room and on all stack levels, available to all library users, permit searching library catalogs and access to the Web for research. The computer lab and classroom just inside the lower entrance to the library (L2), limited by individual log-in to law students, offer word processing and e-mail access in addition to Web and library catalog searching. The computer classroom is available for law student use when not scheduled for instruction.

Electrical and network connections for laptop computers are available throughout the main Reading Room and in carrels in the stack levels (L4 and L5). A limited number of laptops are available for loan to law students at the Circulation Desk on a first-come first-served basis for short-term use (two hours); two laptops may be borrowed for up to five days. Laptops must be returned 30 minutes before the Circulation Desk closes.

Home-access PPP software, enabling dial-up access to e-mail and the Web, is available to law students for overnight loan from the Circulation Desk.

The computer services department occupies a suite of offices behind the computer classroom on L2. This department establishes e-mail and dial-up accounts for each law student. The staff is also available to assist students with questions concerning computer hardware and software.

If you have material you would like placed on reserve on for the course you will be teaching, you may either contact Faculty Services or submit the information via our  form below. Photocopies of articles for reserve can be copied within a week, but books that must be ordered may take as long as six weeks to be received. Please send your reserve requests as far in advance as possible to ensure the materials will be available when needed.

Faculty members are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders when appropriate. Please consult the General Counsel’s Office website on copyright, the Law Library’s website on copyright clearance, or the Association (link is external) of Research Libraries’ Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries (link is external).

At the beginning of each semester the library staff processes material requested by faculty for courses being taught during the semester. These materials are listed in Morris by the name of the course and the professor’s name.

Please fill out the form below with information regarding material you would like placed on reserve. It is important to include the author’s full name, the full title, publisher and the edition or year of publication.

If you are teaching a course that was offered in the past, contact  Julian Aiken  (link sends e-mail)for a list of materials used for the course, or any questions regarding course reserves.

Course Reserves Request Form

 

Eli Express is a time-saving delivery service that allows eligible library users to have books paged from participating Yale libraries for delivery to a library chosen by the user.

Deliveries are made to each library on campus twice a day Monday-Friday. Books requested for delivery to the Law Library should be available within two business days and will be held at the circulation desk. Journals and periodicals published after 1980, noncirculating material, course reserve material, and micro texts are not eligible. Requests for rare or fragile material may be denied and restricted to use in the library that owns the material.

Participating Yale libraries include Sterling, Cross Campus, Divinity, Drama, Engineering, Epidemiology and Public Health, Forestry, Geology, Kline Science, Medical, Seeley Mudd, Music, Social Science, and Law.

To request materials held by the Law Library, search and click “Request” in Morris, the Law Library catalog. Login using your NetID and follow the on-screen instructions to complete your request. Please note this service does not include delivery to the Law Library.

For assistance with requests for delivery of Law Library materials, laweli@pantheon.yale.edu (link sends e-mail) Requests may be submitted via: Request: via ORBIS Renewal: via ORBIS Notification that books have arrived is sent via e-mail.

The Goldman Law Library is a United States Federal Depository Library. We follow the INSTRUCTIONS TO DEPOSITORY LIBRARIES collection development guidelines. Although our selection percentage hovers around 3%, this is comparable to similarly situated academic law libraries. We work with commercial vendors; Yale’s other FDLP library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI); and other area depository libraries to provide patrons with access to virtually the entire catalog of U.S. government publications. Authenticated content and potential for use will be the primary consideration in the selection of an item.

The Library can provide access to information in any format currently available, including microform and electronic. Paper is the preferred format for core collection legal titles, if a choice is available.The Library considers selecting all items listed in the Suggested Core Collection by Library Type section of the Federal Depository Library Handbook, Appendix A (2008), in particular the portion on Law Libraries. In addition to a core collection, the Library will also determine which additional item numbers are needed to support the needs of the law school. Subject strengths of the collection include:

  • Congressional publications,
  • tax materials,
  • criminal justice, and judicial procedure guides.

Another selection tool used for collection development is the current issue of the List of Classes of United States Government Publications Available for Selection by Depository Libraries.  In addition, all shipping lists are reviewed by the Government Documents Librarian for potential new item numbers to add and to gain an overview of receipts under currently selected item numbers. Non-depository sources with collection development information include GOVDOC-L (an electronic discussion list for persons interested in government documents), DttP: Documents to the People, and reviews and “best” document lists in Library Journal and other professional publications from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Government Documents Special Interest Section of AALL. Books such as Joe Morehead’s Introduction to United States Government Information Sources and Boyd and Rips United States Government Publications also provide overviews of current and historical publications and series.We select titles that are primary sources of law, are related to the lawmaking process or are of specific interest to our primary patrons (e.g., public policy materials). Documents unrelated to law are collected if they are general reference works (e.g. Statistical Abstract) or items in great demand by the public (e.g., Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance).

Items that are bulky or pose preservation problems are not selected from GPO. Access to these materials is provided via online sources and archival access is ensured by purchase of microform versions of these materials.Superior reference assistance is provided to patrons using the government documents collection. To this end, we select numerous commercial finding aids, indexes and complements to the documents collection. We select some electronic or archival enhancements that allow us to supersede fragile or frequently used documents. We purchase multiple copies of items in heavy demand. The focus of the collection is on efficient and permanent access to a robust collection of law-related government documents. We serve as a depository for records and briefs from the Supreme Court of the United States.

We retain current materials in print and supersede them with commercially produced microfiche. We participated in a selective housing agreement with CSSSI to accept some Canadian government publications which supplement our foreign law collection; Canada no longer provides physical items. Access to international law materials is enhanced by referring patrons to CSSSI’s UN and FAO depository collections. Three traditional documents areas are outside the scope of our selection: CSSSI provides advanced census reference; Sterling Memorial Library’s Map Collection staff provide GIS and other cartographic reference; we work with CSSSI and our local PTDL, the Hartford Public Library, when patrons need advanced patent resources.

Items selected for the collection are cataloged in the library’s online system. When those resources or versions of those resources (856 second indicator 0 or 1) have a PURL available from GPO at the time of cataloging, it will be added to the catalog record. Links to items without PURLs will be added on a case-by-case basis. If an electronic-only document is in special demand, would be selected by the applicable subject area selector, and meets the criteria set out in the FDLP Binding Policy below, the Documents Librarian in consultation with the appropriate selector may determine that the document should be printed and bound. These documents will be printed and bound from the GPO PDF by our binding contractor. The material will be cataloged and added to the collection. In addition, the documents librarian monitors the Government Publishing Office’s “New Electronic Titles” lists as a selection tool for adding electronic-only titles to the Library’s catalog. Collection evaluation is done as part of the item number review in May-June and on an ongoing basis.

Throughout the year a list of item numbers to consider for selection or deselection is compiled by the Government Documents librarian.   Information about user needs is also gathered by the Reference Department. Circulation statistics indicate use of the collection. The Library’s website allows for users to send comments on materials and services provided by the library. We treat serial documents issued daily or weekly on a case-by-case basis.

  • CONGRESSIONAL RECORD (DAILY EDITION): We do not select the Congressional Record (Daily Edition) in paper. We provide access to the Congressional Record (Daily Edition) through FDsys and commercial databases (mediating searches if needed for non-law school patrons). We retain a complete run of the bound volumes in microform and online. We retain predecessor titles in print and also provide access via the Library of Congress’s American Memory project.
  • FEDERAL REGISTER: We maintain a full run of the Register on microfiche from LLMC.  We also provide on-site access to an electronic version via HeinOnline, FDsys, Lexis, and Westlaw.
  • CALENDAR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES and SENATE CALENDAR OF BUSINESS: We use online editions through FDsys as primary access.
  • WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS: We retain a print collection for vols. 1-36 (when GPO stopped issuing to selectives in print). For archival access, we have a complete and current run in microfiche.  We also offer online access through HeinOnline, Fdsys, Lexis, and Westlaw. We also select and retain the PUBLIC PAPERS OF THE PRESIDENTS, and offer online access through the resources detailed above.

Executive Branch

We select a range of documents that support research into administrative law and public policy. Our focus is on departments and agencies of interest to faculty and students, as indicated by the larger collection development policy, e.g., Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, EPA, FCC, White House and executive offices (PREX and PR) and Department of Treasury. We do not select documents that are intended as general information for the lay public. We attempt not to select “general publications” item numbers because they tend to have a large volume of materials aimed at the lay public.

Legislative Branch

We do not select congressional hearings or reports in tangible format from GPO but print copies of Supreme Court nomination hearings will be purchased and retained. We provide on-site access to Congressional secondary materials though CIS fiche, ProQuest Congressional and other commercial services. We select materials related to librarianship from LC and GP.

Judicial Branch

We select almost comprehensively from the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the Federal Judicial Center and the Supreme Court of the United States. We do not select Supreme Court slip opinions in tangible format. We provide immediate access to Court opinions through the Court’s web site. Print-on-demand copies of noteworthy slip opinions are provided by reference staff, although these are not retained. We select reporters from some non-article III courts.

Cataloging and Processing of Government Documents:

The Government Documents Librarian and the Library’s Cataloging Department work together to process all new tangible government documents. New titles received in tangible format are cataloged or checked-in in the Library’s on-line catalog. If available, links to online versions are added to the bibliographic records.

Public Service Policy for Government Information in Electronic Format:

Reference service includes assisting all patrons to locate government resources in the library’s collection and in other depository libraries. Reference service also includes assisting patrons with locating government information not currently in the FDLP. When these resources are located, they will be brought to the attention of the documents librarian who will make GPO aware of the item. This policy applies to information in both electronic and tangible formats. Reference service is provided at the same level for government information and commercial information, regardless of format.

The Library has paper-to-paper copiers, microform readers, reader/printers, and multiple scanners. There are five public photocopiers. Two are located at the Grove Street end of the main Reading Room. Others are located behind the elevator shaft on L4 of the stacks, on the UES, and on the LES. All machines contain 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper and 8-1/2 x 14 inch paper. The machines have the ability to reduce and enlarge copies.  Copies cost 15 cents per page if using cash.  There are copy card vending machines located in the area of the copy machines in the Reading Room and on the UES. A card may be purchased by inserting $1.00 into the encoder. A card is dispensed with $.60 on it. The cost of buying the card is $.40. Value may be added to a card by inserting a $1, $5 or $10 bill, at which time the cost of a copy is 10 cents. Directions for use of the vendacard machines are posted on the machines. Copy cards purchased at the Law Library are good for use at all libraries on campus. There is a change machine on the Upper East Side, near the copy machine.

A variety of computing facilities are available in the Law Library. Workstations in the main Reading Room and on all stack levels, available to all library users, permit searching library catalogs and access to the Web for research of Government Documents. However, the public workstations in the documents area exceed the 2003 recommended specifications for non-cartographic use. Patrons may temporarily store files on the local drive while they are actively using the workstation. The library does not provide server access or long-term disk storage to any patron. Color and B&W printing is provided using a fee-for-print system that applies to all patrons. Public workstations are provided equally to all patrons.

Electrical and network connections, including guest wireless access, for laptop computers are available throughout the main Reading Room and in carrels in the stack levels (L4 and L5). A limited number of laptops are available for loan to law students at the Circulation Desk on a first-come first-served basis for short-term use (two hours); two laptops may be borrowed for up to five days. Laptops must be returned 30 minutes before the Circulation Desk closes.

Electronic government documents on removable media (CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, floppy disk) that are held in the library’s collections may be checked out in accordance with the library’s borrowing privileges policy. A room for viewing audio visual materials is available near the computer lab on L2. See the Reference Staff for assistance. Policies in this matter are based on Depository Library Public Service Guidelines For Government Information in Electronic Formats. Patrons who provide their own blank media may copy government-produced CD- or DVD-ROMs. The library maintains topical research pages that include links to government electronic resources. The library also provides access to commercially produced directories of electronic government information.

Reference librarians provide individual research guidance and training on specific resources. View the research page of the Law Library’s website for more information. Fax delivery of materials is not available. Email delivery is available, and librarians can scan non-copyrighted print or microform materials for email delivery. This policy is based on Depository Library Public Service Guidelines For Government Information in Electronic Formats, originally published in 19(11) ADMINISTRATIVE NOTES (1998), available at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/mgt/pseguide.html (link is external).

FDLP Internet Use Policy

Patrons may access the internet to conduct legal research from any public workstation in the library. Legal research includes accessing the entire FDLP electronic collection and other databases that the library may make available. These workstations are unfiltered. There are no age or residency restrictions required for patrons to gain access to the library. This policy is based on Depository Library Public Service Guidelines For Government Information in Electronic Formats, originally published in 20(2) ADMINISTRATIVE NOTES (1999) (updated 2003), available at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/mgt/iupolicy.html (link is external). In addition, public patrons may use the unfiltered guest wireless network, in accordance with the university’s acceptable use guidelines, to access all online government information from their own computers (licensed databases are not available on this network).

Weeding Policy:

Weeding of the collection is done on an ongoing basis and as space limitations dictate. On a regular basis, superseded titles in both tangible and electronic formats are withdrawn from the collection. The Government Documents Department uses the Superseded List as an important part of its weeding effort. Notes are maintained in the bibliographic record for titles in which only the most recent edition is kept. In addition, the Yale Law Library follows the procedures set forth by the Regional/Connecticut State Library’s Revised Discard Procedures of 2008:

  • Titles identified in the Superseded List may be discarded upon receipt of a new edition or revision
  • Discard lists are not required for microfiche.
  • Fiche retained for 5 years may then be discarded as appropriate for our collection.
  • All other materials received through the Depository Library program must be retained for at least 5 years, and then the titles submitted to the Regional before disposal.
  • Each disposal list must include:  library name, date and a contact person, Sudoc number, title and date of publication. (List must be in Sudoc order).
  • Only one entry for each serial title including the suduoc stem, title and inclusive holdings statements.
  • No more than 5 pages of discards at one time.
  • Lists will be emailed to the regional documents librarian.

After the Regional completes its own review procedures, and no claims are made, the Law Library will be given authorization to dispose of the materials according to the Instructions to Depository Libraries. If a document is on a discard list that the Regional has already authorized for disposal, other selectives may also discard that item without creating and sending their own list to the Connecticut State Library.

Binding Policy:

The library binds softbound government documents when they meet all of the following criteria:The item will be in active use in the reference or reference desk collection or the item will circulate heavily. Primary access to the item is not via an electronic equivalent (e.g. Stat. Ab – primary access is via the print copy, not the online version.)The item is more than 100 pages long. The item will be retained in the collection indefinitely. The item is integrated into the main LC classified collection. Materials that do not meet all of the criteria may be bound if, in the opinion of the Documents Librarian, they will be in active use for the foreseeable future. If the library purchases additional hardbound copies of an item distributed as paperbound, the depository paperbound copy will not be rebound.

FDLP Replacement Policy:

The library will attempt to acquire a suitable replacement when a document integrated into the main collection is reported missing by staff or patrons. Suitable replacements will usually be a direct replacement copy purchased from GPO, a reprint publisher or used book dealer or transferred from another library via the needs and offers process. If a replacement is not available or reasonably priced, other existing sources already in the collection will be considered to determine if they are acceptable substitutes.For example, we hold many commercially complied legislative histories that reprint full documents, thus an individual document that could not be easily replaced will not be replaced. We will rely instead on the reprint contained in the legislative history set. If an item with duplicate content can not be found or purchased at a reasonable price, alternate formats (microform, electronic, bound photocopy) may be substituted. If no acceptable substitutes are available, the item will be withdrawn. If a document that is not integrated into the main collection is reported missing, an electronic equivalent will be substituted if available. If not, the item will be withdrawn.

Interlibrary loan supports research and course-related activity of the Yale Law community by obtaining photocopies and short-term loans of materials that are not available at Yale.

Requests should be submitted via our web form.

Interlibrary Loan Eligibility

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) borrowing is available to any member of the Yale Law School community – faculty, students, and staff.  If a patron needs a book or copy of an article that is not available within the Yale University Library system, library staff can attempt to borrow from another library.  We advise you to check with a reference librarian prior to completing a request form.  They can assist with locating materials within the Yale Libraries as well as locating full text electronic resources.  This would be faster than waiting for the arrival of Interlibrary Loan materials.

Requesting Material

Generally ILL is intended for borrowing material that is not available on this campus, however exceptions may be made. If an item is noted as missing in MORRIS or Orbis, make note of this in the Notes field, such as MORRIS says copy is missing.

  • We do not request items that are on reserve at the Law Library
  • We do not request material that is available in PDF format online
  • We will request items that patrons are not able to locate only after a search has been completed by the Circulation staff.  Please indicate this in the “Notes” field.
  • We will borrow checked-out materials only after a recall has failed.  Please indicate this in the “Notes” field.
  • Newspapers: Every effort is made to obtain pdf copies or microfilm or microfiche for a particular article. Please note obtaining copies of articles is often difficult and sometimes will result in a re-formatted copy of the required article rather than an exact duplication.

Delivery Timeframe

Material is generally sent by UPS or US Mail. It can take 7–10 days.  Some requests take longer and other requests may arrive in 2-3 days.  The ILL staff assumes that all material is needed in a timely manner and makes every effort to get the material to this campus in the shortest time possible.  If a request is marked by the patron as a RUSH, staff will place a priority, however there are no guarantees.

Notification

Students and staff will receive email notification when material arrives.  Pick up is at the Law Library Circulation Desk.  Material for faculty is delivered to their offices.  Photocopied material is sent electronically.

Length of Loan Period

The loan period is set by the lending library.  In most circumstances the material is loaned for 4 weeks.  The due date is marked on the orange book band.

Renewals

Courtesy notices are sent for all ILL material 5 days before the borrowed item is due.  Renewal requests can be sent to ill.law@yale.edu (link sends e-mail).  Please include the ILL number which is noted on the orange book band.  Library staff will contact the lending library asking permission to renew the item.  Patrons will be informed of the outcome by the library staff.

Restrictions

IN LIBRARY USE: Occasionally a lender will require that material be used in the library.  Patrons will be notified that the material is in the Law Library Rare Book Room on L2.

PHOTOCOPYING: Some libraries will not permit photocopying.  This will be noted on the orange book band.

NO RENEWALS:  If required, this will be noted on the orange book band.

During busy times student requests may be limited to no more than 10 requests per student per day. This is at the discretion of the Interlibrary Loan staff and supervisor.

Returning ILL Material

All borrowed material is to be returned to the Law Library Circulation Desk on L3.  Patrons with unreturned books or books that were damaged while in their possession will be charged replacement/repair costs determined by the lending library and in addition a $25.00 processing fee.  Charges are submitted to the Bursar.

Items Not Available Through Interlibrary Loan

Occasionally we are not able to obtain material that is requested.  If the title is in keeping with our Collection Development Policy we may purchase the item.  Patrons will be notified if this is the case.  If there is a problem with a citation, the patron will be referred to Reference staff for assistance.  Source citers may be encouraged to contact the author of the piece.

For further information contact Alison Burke (ill.law@yale.edu (link sends e-mail)) at (203) 432-8021. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Non-Yale Libraries, Organizations, and Individuals

We provide interlibrary lending and copying services to other libraries, academic institutions, government and non-profit entities as well as for-profit organizations.  We do not accept requests from individuals.  If you are not affiliated with an academic institution and wish to borrow material from the Law Library, please contact your local library to place a request.

Contact Information:

Phone:  203-432-1640 or 432-8021
Fax:  203-432-9692
Email: ill.law@yale.edu (link sends e-mail)
Ariel: 130.132.149.235

Address:
Lillian Goldman Library
Yale Law School
Interlibrary Loan
127 Wall Street
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Requesting

OCLC libraries should submit their request via OCLC.  If you are a SHARES or NELLCO member, please indicate your affiliation on your request.  Our OCLC symbol is GXR.  Please submit separate requests for each item requested.

We will also accept requests via email (ill.law@yale.edu (link sends e-mail)) or via fax.

We generally lend circulating items from our catalog [/] with the following exceptions:

-Popular DVD Collection
-Items on reserve
-Fragile items
-Pre-1875 imprints
-Reference items

Items that may be loaned or copied at our discretion:

-microfilm and microfiche
-Special collections

Loan Period

Books are usually loaned for 6 weeks (from date of shipment).  Certain items may be loaned for shorter duration.  Renewal requests are accepted and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Processing time

Every effort is made to process requests in a timely manner.  Requests generally take 2-3 business days to process, longer for special items.

We cannot accommodate rush requests from the for-profit community.

Shipping

We ship via UPS and shipping costs are included in the cost of the loan.  For expedited shipping, please provide your FedEx account number on the request and specify the level of service.

International shipping is done via FedEx.  A standardized street address (no P.O. Boxes) and telephone number are required.

Photocopies may be sent either by Ariel (preferred), fax or US Mail.

Overdues

Overdue notices are sent monthly.  Items that have not been renewed or returned 60 days after the original due date will be billed for the cost of replacement plus a $25 non-refundable charge.

Fees and Billing

NELLCO:
Articles:   no charge
Loans:  no charge

SHARES:
Articles:   $10
Loans:  $10

OCLC:
Articles:   $20
Loans:  $20
International articles: $20
International loans: $45

For-profit institutions (pre-payment may be required)

Articles $100
Loans  $250
International $250

Payment through OCLC’s IFM is preferred.  Checks or IFLA vouchers are also accepted.  We can not accept credit card payments at this time.  An invoice will be included with the loan or article at time of shipment for all others.  Prompt payment is requested.
Checks should be payable to:

Lillian Goldman Law Library/Yale Law School

Mail payment to:

Lillian Goldman Law Library
Interlibrary Loan Department
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Invoices unpaid after 60 days will incur additional fees.
Invoices unpaid after 90 days will result in a suspension of services.

Please send comments regarding this section to the Circulation Department.

If you have any questions or problems with the print system, please email law.help@yale.edu (link sends e-mail).

Printing from your Laptop:

Once you have the BluePrint print queues installed (see instructions below) you will be able to print from your laptop. You must be on the Yale Secure network to print to a Yale printer.

  1. Go to File- Print. 
  2. From the printer selection menu, select BluePrint_BW for Black and White printing, or BluePrint_Color for Color printing  
  3. Configure options (such as Double Sided) and click Print. 
  4. If prompted, enter your YALE\YourNetID and password. NOTE: The YALE\ is required. Please be sure you use the correct slash. You can save the crendentials in your keychain so you don’t have to re-enter this information every time. 
  5. Release your print job by entering your NetID and password or by waving your Yale ID card over the reader and following the instructions on the screen at a library printer

Installing Yale Printers on your Laptop:

NOTE: Before installing a YLS printer and PaperCut you will need to be logged on to the YaleSecure network.

Click here for instructions on configuring printing

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.

The Lillian Goldman Library is committed to ensuring equitable access to all of its collections. Library users with disabilites are encouraged to contact Julian Aiken or Cesar Zapata to make arrangements for the following services:

  • Paging of books
  • Assistance with the online catalog
  • Modification of lending rules on an individual basis as needed
  • Ensuring of access to microform readers, computers and other library equipment as needed.
  • Referral to a reference librarian

Proxy Cards

Users with disabilities are eligible to obtain a proxy borrower's card from the Privileges Office at Sterling Memorial Library for a specified friend or attendant to borrow library materials on their behalf. Proxy cards for non-students/staff will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending upon the applicant's circumstances.

Public services representatives from each of the Yale libraries should be contacted with any questions regarding these services. For more information on university-level assistance for Yale students and staff with disabilities, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs.

To contact a Public Service Representative from each of the Yale libraries, click here.

Items of clothing, books, papers, notebooks and the like found in the Law Library will be held at the circulation desk for one month. After that time, items will be turned in to Building Services or discarded. Items of high value, such as jewelry and wrist watches, will be turned in to Building Services immediately.

The Library is delighted to announce a new service for the Law School community: Deliver on Demand.

This service has been developed as a natural extension of our borrowing and interlibrary loan services, and promises to mail books to your home (or wherever you need them), when you can’t make it into the library to pick up material in person.

The details:

  • To request a book directly from our Morris catalog, click on the button: MAIL IT TO ME. To make a request from our Encore catalog, click on MORE RESOURCES, then click on MAIL IT TO ME.
  • You can also simply email the details (including, of course, the delivery address): julian.aiken@yale.edu (link sends e-mail). If you need a book from the Yale University Library Orbis catalog, you will need to take this approach, as they have no request button;
  • We will mail up to 5 books per year to you anywhere within the USA or Canada;
  • This service is available to students who are resident in, or will be returning to, New Haven (e.g. if you are working elsewhere for the summer, but will be returning to continue studies in September);
  • Books will be checked out to you for the period until you return to New Haven;
  • Whilst we will do our best to avoid recalling your books, please remember that all books are subject to recall.
  • If a book is non-circulating, rare, or expensive book, we may have to deny the request, but we’ll do our best to avoid doing so!

We are genuinely excited to offer this ground-breaking service to our readers.  Please do remember that other alternatives may also exist to help you get hold of material you may need remotely, such as Scan on Demand and Interlibrary Loan.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any suggestions or feedback.

If you have overdue recalled library books, you will be blocked from borrowing materials until the recalled items have been returned. Problems and questions can be directed to staff at the circulation desk.

The library currently has 4 multi-function machines, which serve as photocopiers/printers/scanners (these are all fee-based machines) They are located on:

  • L3 – Main Reading Room of the library, in room 305C, adjacent to the Source Cite Room (Grove Street end of library)
  • L1 – Outside the Foreign & International Collection offices
  • UES Mezzanine – At the back wall, right side of the UES Mezzanine
  • LES – Midway down the aisle on the right side

Charges associated with the fee-based photocopiers/printers/scanners are as follows: 

  • Black & White Printing or Copying - $.10 first side/$.02 second side
  • Color Printing or Copying - $.25 per image Scanning – pdf, tiff or jpeg - $.01 per image (does not include free-usage book scan scanners)

Printing in the law library is maintained by Yale Law School ITS. They maintain a helpful set of instructions on using printers in the law school.

If you have any questions or problems, please email law.help@yale.edu (link sends e-mail).

Library material that is part of the reserve collection (located at the circulation desk on L3) may be used for three hours and renewed if there is no demand for the material. Should a patron wish to use this material outside of the Library, it may be charged out after 6:00 p.m. to be returned by 9:00 a.m. the following day. This includes Permanent Reserve material and Faculty Reserve material. The reserve collection also includes laptop computers, which are available to Yale law students only. The same reserve restrictions apply.

UES - Single unisex restroom located near the staircase leading to the LES.
L2 - Separate men's and women's rooms, located behind the computer classroom.
RR - Third floor outside the Library. Men's on Grove Street side, Women's on Wall Street side. Electronic key access necessary.
L4 - Two unisex restrooms, at North end of floor.
L5 Separate men's and women's rooms, at North end of floor.
All restrooms are handicapped accessible.

The library currently has four (5) free usage scanners in addition to the four (4) multi-function machines that provide fee-based scanning.

The free-usage scanners are located on:

  • L5 – BookScan scanner behind the elevator shaft
  • L4 - BookScan scanner temporarily located in the kiosk at the top of the L4 staircase (during summer construction)
  • L2 – Bookeye scanner near the Computer Help Desk
  • L1 – BookScan scanner near the Foreign & International Offices.
  • UES – BookScan scanner, located near the fish tank

Two self-check machines allow qualified borrowers to check out circulating books on their own. One self-check machine is located at the circulation desk on L3; the other is on the Upper East Side.

Use of source cite room and materials

The editor of the journal planning a source cite is required to sign up at the library circulation desk for the use of a source cite area.

All law library materials should be checked out to your journal account

Yale library materials should also be checked out to your journal account, as follows:

  • Individual students can check out Yale Library materials themselves at the main library, or request to have them sent to the Law Library to be picked up.
  • In either case, the student then brings the material to the law circulation desk, and we transfer the book(s) to the journal account.

The only books which cannot be checked out to your journal account are books requested from Borrow Direct. For this reason, we strongly suggest you use interlibrary loan rather than borrow direct. Also, we are generally more able to extend loan periods and avoid fines with interlibrary loans than we are with Borrow Direct books.

The journal is responsible for all books charged out, including returning them and responding to recall notices. According to Law Library policy any patron who has not returned books after 5 weeks will be charged replacement costs plus a $25.00 processing fee. Please note that failure to return recalled books prevents further borrowing of Law Library materials.

Reference Help:

The main contact for journal editors for research assistance is John Nann (link sends e-mail). John is responsible for alerting the reference staff when a source-cite will occur to ensure the staff is available and knowledgeable of the article topic. If you would like a special consultation on source-citing or researching footnotes, please use the form here.

Tables in the Source Cite Areas:

We request that tables in the source cite areas be cleared following each source cite. Re-shelving When a source cite has been completed, the books should be loaded onto a book cart with a note indicating that the material is ready for check in. The cart is to be rolled to the circulation desk on L3 or the Upper East Side (UES). The library staff will re-shelve the books once they have been checked in.

Food and Beverage: Food is not permitted in the library at any time. Beverage is permitted in an authorized spill proof container.

There are 5 levels of stacks in the law library.

  • L1 is where the Foreign and International collection is located.
  • The East Side is accessible by exiting the elevator on L1 and walking through the Foreign and International Collection and through another corridor. At the end of the corridor is the Upper East Side (UES) and to the left is a staircase leading to the Lower East Side (LES).
  • L3 is the Reading Room.
  • L4 and L5 are accessible by the stairs near the Reading Room book monitor and the elevator.

Stack guides are available at the Reference and Circulation Desks as to locations of the various classifications.

Library Maps are available here.

Borrowing privileges are extended only to those with valid University identification cards or a green-rimmed Yale University Library privileges card. Material can be charged out at the circulation desk in the Reading Room on L3. There are also two self-check modules: one on L3 at the circulation desk, and one on the Upper East Side.