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Guide to Columbia Law Library Services and Policies


Your CUID will provide access to Columbia University Libraries locations for 120 days after graduation.  Alumni ID cards provide swipe access to Jerome Greene Hall and the Law Library as well as other libraries on campus. If you do not already have an Alumni ID card, you may obtain one from the Library Information Office in Butler Library during its hours of operation.

Database Access for Graduating Students


Graduating 3Ls have continued access to Lexis upon graduation to keep their skills up to date and use for job and interview preparation.

The Graduate Program gives extended access to Lexis+ to spring graduates via their law school IDs through December 31, 2024. This ID also grants them access to the Graduate Home Page and gives them a graduation gift. 

Lexis also offers a program for graduates doing public interest work. The ASPIRE program is dedicated to graduates engaged in non-profit work. It provides 12 months of free access to federal and state cases, regulations, law reviews, Shepard’s, and Matthew Bender treatises to graduates who are engaged in verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work.


Alumni have access to Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for six-months after graduation. “Grad Elite” access gives alumni 60-hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding and build confidence in research skills. While alumni cannot use it in situations where a client is being billed, Thomson Reuters encourages graduates to use these tools to build knowledge of the law and prepare for the bar exam.

In addition, alumni get access to job searching databases on Westlaw and TWEN for 18-months after graduation for 1-hour a month.

Extend access by logging into:

Bloomberg Law

New graduates will have continuous access for six months from their graduation dates.

Access to Law Library Materials

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, 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

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