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Student Services Guide


The Arthur W. Diamond Law Library provides a number of services to Columbia Law School students to support their study, research, and journal activities. If you have any questions about legal research or library resources, please feel free to email or use the chat button on this page.

New Services for Fall 2021

  1. New York Public Library (NYPL) Cards
    Starting Wednesday, October 13, Columbia Law Students may pick up and drop off NYPL library card applications at the Circulation Desk. The application allows students to sign up for a physical library card without needing a proof of address and without needing to stop by a NYPL branch in-person. Cards will be available for pickup at the Law Library Circulation Desk in November.

    The benefits of getting a NYPL card go beyond gaining borrowing privileges to the over 55 million items available through the NYPL. You'll be able to borrow over 300,000+ free e-books, stream movies, and get free admission to NYC museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.  To sign up, print out the form here or pick one up from the Circulation Desk, and then drop off the completed form at the Circulation Desk.
  2. Free New York Times Digital Subscription
    Current Columbia Law students can sign up for access to through Columbia University Libraries. Please note that this subscription does not include access to the New York Times Games or Cooking products.

    To sign up for an account, click here and complete the Sign Up form with an email address and password of your choice. For more information, please be sure to check out this CUL guide.

Contacting the Law Library

Please see below for the Law Library's primary contact information. You are also welcome to use the chat function on this page to contact the Reference Desk.

Law Library Circulation Desk
Reference Desk
Assistance with access to legal databases (e.g., Westlaw & Lexis)
Information on the Law Library's student outreach services
Information on the Law Library's classroom instruction services

Services Update

Election Day:

Election Day is a Columbia University holiday and the Law Library Reference Department will only be available via email from 10am to 5pm.

The Law Library will remain open for regular hours.


Law Library Hours

The Law Library's hours vary throughout the semester. Please check the calendars below for the most up-to-date information.