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Overview & Hours
The Library’s online catalog will be down for a short period of time this Tuesday, March 2, and Monday, March 8. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The House and Library of the New York City Bar Association is closed until further notice due to the pandemic.
The Library of the New York City Bar Association is a nationally recognized research facility and is among the largest member-supported law libraries in the United States.
|New York City Bar Library|
|Monday-Thursday||9 am - 9 pm|
|Friday||9 am - 7 pm|
Holiday Schedule 2020 (the House and Library will be closed)
New Year’s Day - Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 210, 2020
President's Day - Monday, February 17, 2020
Memorial Day - Monday, May 25, 2020
Independence Day - Friday, July 3, 2020
Labor Day - Monday, September 7, 2020
Day Before Thanksgiving - Early closing at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2020
Christmas Eve - Early closing at 2:00 pm on Thursday, December 24, 2020
Christmas/New Years - Friday, December 25, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021 (reopen Monday, January 4, 2021)
The City Bar's Library has an extensive collection of current and early edition treatises, current and superseded statutes for Federal and all state jurisdictions, case reporters, and law reviews. The library also contains a comprehensive collection of U.S. and New York State appellate court briefs and records on appeal.
The library provides significant electronic research resources for members without charge. Both Lexis and Westlaw are available, with access to federal and all states statutes, cases, administrative decisions, and most New York treatise material. A broad range of forms and many law journals and reviews can also be retrieved. All of the library computers include links to HeinOnline, a massive, imaged database of law reviews and journals, to search, download, read and print. Several CCH reporters are also supported in electronic format.
In addition, the library supports limited remote access for small law firms and solo practitioners through the City Bar's homepage. Members can search and download a subset of Westlaw forms (including McKinney's Forms and New York Forms: Legal and Business), Casemaker, HeinOnline and LLMC Digital, a database of historic federal, state, legal and foreign material.
Our knowledgeable reference librarians assist more than 2,000 visitors to the library every month. The professional staff is thoroughly familiar with the library's collection and is prepared to direct you to appropriate sources - print or electronic - and assist in formulating research strategies. To reach the reference desk call (212) 382-6666.
The City Bar gratefully acknowledges the support of LexisNexis in providing online research services to the staff of the Association.