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
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


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The City Bar's Library has an extensive collection of current and early edition treatises, current and superseded statutes Libraryfor Federal and all state jurisdictions, case reporters, and law reviews.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.

Lexis Nexis

The City Bar gratefully acknowledges the support of LexisNexis in providing online research services to the staff of the Association.