Rules of the New York City Bar Library

In order to maintain a welcoming Library at the House of the Association, the New York City Bar requires that in addition to all policies set forth by the Association, visitors comply with the following rules:

  1. In accordance with By-Law XX of the New York City Bar Association “No person who enters the House of the Association shall unreasonably interfere with other persons’ use of the Association, or engage in behavior which is disruptive of the activities of the Association.”
  2. Use of the Library is a member benefit. Non-members, who are sponsored by a member of the Association, may purchase daily Library passes. Passes may be obtained in the Library Administrative office.
  3. Use of Library databases, including Westlaw, Lexis, Practical Law, Practice Advisor, Hein Online, Bloomberg Law and other databases are reserved for members or sponsored guests who purchase Library passes.
  4. Library staff may request that members and sponsored guests who are not conducting research on Westlaw or Lexis-dedicated computers move to another location within the Library to allow others access to those databases.
  5. If a member is using Westlaw or Lexis and needs to leave the Library for more than 15 minutes the member must alert Library staff.
  6. Members and sponsored guests may not use more than one computer at a time. Please contain your personal belongings within your immediate area so that others may use the adjacent spaces and chairs.
  7. Members and sponsored guests may not damage or disable any Library equipment, change the hardware, software or settings on a Library computer, or use a Library computer for a purpose other than that designated by the Library.
  8. Displaying sexually graphic images on any personal or Library owned electronic device is strictly prohibited, and will result in immediate removal from the Library.
  9. Members and sponsored guests are required to pay for each printed copy made from a computer or other electronic device at the Library Reference Desk.
  10. Patrons may be required to leave the Library if their personal hygiene interferes with the ability of other patrons or staff to use and/or enjoy the facility.
  11. Causing strong pervasive odors, including consuming food whose aromas constitute a nuisance to others, is prohibited.
  12. Cell phone use is limited to the Library Lounge or in areas outside of the Library.
  13. Members and sponsored guests may not leave any personal belongings, including but not limited to legal research papers, overnight in the Library. Personal items will be brought to the lost and found area at the Security Desk in the lobby of the building.
  14. Library books may not be reserved for more than 24 hours. Library staff will have the right to remove a book on reserve for another members’ use if necessary.
  15. Members and sponsored guests must take good care of all books. They may not highlight passages in books or leave post-it notes and flags when returning books.
  16. Meetings between members and clients are prohibited in the Library Lounge.
  17. The Library is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen, or damaged on Library premises.
  18. Photography and recording are not allowed on Library premises without prior written permission.
  19. Members and sponsored guests with disabilities may ask Library staff for reasonable accommodations.
  20. The Library staff and security officers may inspect your property when you enter or exit.
  21. The Association is not responsible for children who are left unattended on the premises.
  22.  The following are NOT ALLOWED:
    • Harassing or threatening behavior
    • Using obscene or abusive language or gestures
    • Making unreasonable noise, including loud talking on a cell phone or otherwise
    • Having any weapons
    • Smoking, including e-cigarettes
    • Using alcohol or illegal drugs
    • Sleeping in the Library
    • Soliciting, petitioning, or canvassing

Any person who violates these rules may be subject to removal from the Library and/or the House of the Association.