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COVID-19 Resources

Up-to-date information on the Columbia Law Library

Book Return Information

Please remember to return any Law Library books you still have checked out. Check your patron account in Pegasus to see if you still have any books checked out to you. To check your Pegasus account:
Pegasus.law.columbia.edu → Login (top right corner of the page) → Enter your UNI and password → Your Account → Your Loans. 
You need to return all books in order to have transcripts produced, and in order to have your diploma mailed to you or otherwise delivered. Please be aware that if you do have books currently checked out, you will receive an email from circdesk@law.columbia.edu soon with a list of the books to be returned. 

Books can be returned in two ways:
1. Book Drops
The Law Library book drop is located just to the right of the entrance to the Law Library. To use this book drop, you will need to satisfy all campus COVID testing requirements in order to receive a valid green pass. 
You may also return Law Library books to other campus library book drops. Note, if you use another Columbia Library book drop, retrieval and processing of the returned books will take much longer. 


2. Mailing
If you are unable to come to campus and drop off books, you may mail the books to the Law Library. Please include a note with your UNI and mentioning that this is a book return. 
Columbia Law Library
Attn: Book Return
435 W. 116th St.
New York, NY
10027
 

Bar Study and Law Library Access

The Columbia Law Library will be open this summer to the 2021 graduates for bar study. The Law Library will be open:
Summer Semester Hours
(May 1 - August 13, 2021):
Monday - Sunday: 10am to 6pm

May 30, 2021: Closed
May 31, 2021: Closed - Memorial Day
June 18, 2021: Closed - Juneteenth (Observed)
June 19, 2021: Closed - Juneteenth
July 4, 20021: Closed - Fourth of July
July 5, 2021: Closed - Fourth of July (Observed)

To use the Columbia Law Library for bar study, you must make a seat reservation and abide by all campus health and safety policies. Please see the Seat Reservation information on how to reserve a seat within the library. 

Legal Database Access

Access to each of the major legal databases will be extended for 2021 graduates for 6 months. 

 

Westlaw
When you enroll in the Grad Elite Program, Westlaw will extend access to graduates for 18 months. To gain access you will receive a pop-up when you log on or you can go here and hit agree. Westlaw access for graduates is limited to 60 hours each month for the 18 months.
For more information, please see the announcement here

Lexis
Graduates may continue accessing Lexis with their student ID for ongoing free use of Lexis Advance, including all of the products and features available as a student, through December 31, 2020. All law students have automatic extended access. With LexisNexis, no registration is required, there are no restrictions, and no limits on your research time.

Bloomberg Law
2020 graduating law students will have unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law through June 1, 2021. The access to be automatically applied to your account, no registration is required.

Document Delivery and Fee-Based Services

Many law firms have borrowing privileges at the Law Library via the Columbia Law Library Subscription Service. As alumni, you can reach out to us directly and we can let you know whether your firm is a subscriber, or you can ask your firm librarian. If your firm does subscribe, then the firm’s library would be the best way for you to obtain print or scanned materials from the collection of the Law Library or other Columbia University libraries. Your firm’s authorized contacts should email your requests to firmserv@law.columbia.edu.  If your firm is not a member, the Law Library may still be able to scan material for you or your firm’s library for a modest fee. Contact  the Law Library’s Document Delivery Service at docdel@law.columbia.edu.

General Reference Questions

At this time, the Columbia Law Library is open to current Law Affiliates only. If you have a general reference question or would like to speak to a Columbia Law Reference Librarian, please email referencedesk@law.columbia.edu using your Lionmail account. Alumni can retrieve their UNIs by contacting Columbia University IT: