Research Assistants

The Basics

Lillian Goldman Law Library:

Yale University Library Locations

You can check out books from any of the many libraries located on the Yale University campus. Here is a map of all the library locations.

Off-Campus access to electronic library resources

Set up VPN Access to use library resources while off-campus. 

Checking out library materials to YLS faculty

  • From the Law Library Collection: Request that the book be checked out to the professor at the law library circulation desk.
  • From the other Yale libraries: Contact the Library Privileges Office at 203-432-7189 and request an RA Proxy Card.

​Checking out library materials to yourself

You can check out books at any circulation desk, or at the two self-check machines in the Law Library. One self-check machine is located at the circulation desk on L3, and the other is in the Upper East Side.

Printing and Scanning

Use one of the law library’s many scanners to avoid printing charges. Bring your own flash drive, or email the scanned materials to yourself.

If printing is necessary for faculty research, contact the Business Office at (203)436-8332 to set up an RA printing account. If you need to set up your own printing account, click here.

Photocopiers are available at any of these four locations in the law library.

Microform Viewers

An updated fiche reader (ScanPro 2000) is now available for use on the Upper East Side.

Finding Materials for Faculty

Law Library Website

The library web site can direct you to the services and tools to help you find what you need to study law and to conduct legal research. On the website you can get research helpfind databases, learn library policies, and keep up with the latest library and legal research news. You can also search the library’s collection, consult research guides, search the librarian’s Knowledge Base, etc.

Use the library’s catalogs to find materials

Tools to help you find appropriate Databases

When You Need Human Assistance

  • Contact the law library’s Faculty Services team when you need help finding copies of articles, court filings, books, or other material relevant to your research for YLS faculty.
  • You may also schedule a meeting with your professor’s Library Liaison (personal librarian). The library liaison is available to talk, strategize and work with you through your research.