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 looseleafs 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, form books, bibliographies, and other reference sources. Our page of online reference resources is found here.
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; to arrange for its use, contact Glenn Marvel. The VLS archives may be accessed through Collection Management.
Reference and Research Services
The three professional librarians in the reference and research services department, along with one additional librarian from collection management, provide reference and research services to the VLS community and, to a lesser extent, the public. We can help you identify useful materials to answer any research question, no matter how large or small, and help you develop information-gathering strategies and techniques, and help you evaluate your results. Librarians are available to provide reference assistance Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, or make appointments for individual assistance, contact any of us by phone or email. We also offer individual and group instruction in legal research.
Book circulation, stack maintenance, reserves, equipment maintenance and repair, and inter-library loan are among the library services offered through the access services department. Click here to request an item via inter-library loan.
The acquisition of library materials, cataloging, and maintenance of special collections and Julien are among the services offered by collection management. Click here to use Julien, and click here to suggest a title for purchase by the library. Please contact Jane Woldow regarding donations.
Friends of the Library
A fee-based membership program for attorneys, the Friends of the Library are eligible for certain document-delivery services. The Cornell Library does not provide document delivery to attorneys who are not Friends. To learn more about becoming a Friend of Cornell Library please contact Glenn Marvel, 802-831-1403.