from the Director
Welcome to the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School. Yale Law School was founded almost 200 years ago around the library of local practitioners and educators, Seth Staples, Samuel Hitchcock, and David Daggett. Today, the Law Library has expanded to over one million print volumes and a vast array of digital resources, yet one characteristic endures: the Law Library remains the heart of Yale Law School, literally and metaphorically.
The vision of the Lillian Goldman Law Library is “to be the best academic law library in the world.” Every purchase, service, and activity is organized around this vision. Our vision is realized through our mission to support the rich educational and scholarly programs of Yale Law School and Yale University while contributing to global legal research, scholarship, and education. The needs of the Yale Law School community drive our daily work as reflected in the services and support we provide to our patrons.
The Lillian Goldman Law Library, like Yale Law School and Yale University, is a welcoming haven for all members of the Yale community regardless race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, political affiliation, veteran status, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, or citizenship status.
The Lillian Goldman Law Library advocates for policies, laws, and practices that champion intellectual freedom, privacy, confidentiality, rigorous research, and equitable access to information. We provide open and equitable access to credible sources of news, data, and knowledge, and provide the expertise, services, collections, tools, and spaces that help all members of the Yale community access and critically assess information.
Once again, welcome to the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School. I hope your time with us is exceedingly productive and perfectly pleasant. Don’t forget to Ask a Librarian any question you might have!