The library's collection includes a comprehensive array of legal resources in both print and electronic formats as well as an outstanding environmental law collection. In addition to the traditional print collection, researchers also have access to a host of multidisciplinary online resources; more than 34,000 electronic books; more than 30,000 online journal titles; a customized database of environmental web based resources (ELRG); and more.
Cornell Library's print collections of federal, state, and international primary and secondary legal materials totals more than 220,000 volumes. The print collection can be accessed through Julien, the library's online catalog. Our collection development policy can be viewed by clicking here.
In addition to LexisNexis and Westlaw, our electronic collections include full-text electronic journals in a broad variety of subjects, electronic books, databases of primary legal materials, and links to numerous gateways and databases. To find out if we have an electronic subscription to a particular journal, search our holdings on the "find articles" page; to find out if we subscribe to a particular database, check Julien or the "find databases" library page.
Located in the library's loft, the interdisciplinary environmental collection includes journals, monographs, maps, and loose leafs related to the environment and environmental law and policy. The VLS environmental law database of primary and secondary materials and links is located here.
Directly behind the reference desk on the main floor is the reference collection of legal encyclopedias, dictionaries, formbooks, bibliographies, and other reference sources.
All our microforms, including congressional documents, state session laws, and briefs, are located on the parking lot level.
Rare Books and Archives
Our rare book collection is housed in the Cornell Seminar room. The VLS archive is currently housed adjacent to the Collection Management Office on the parking lot level of the library. To arrange to use the rare books or archives contact Chenfang Yang.
The Archive collections: