About the Law Library
The Arthur W. Diamond Law Library offers its researchers one of the finest collections of legal materials in the country in both digital and print formats. In addition to a near comprehensive United States Law collection, there are strong collections in International, Foreign, and Comparative Law and a special section devoted to Japanese Law. The Law Library has significant collections from at least thirty different countries and a useful core of materials from many other jurisdictions.
The Library's Special Collections houses more than 30,000 volumes and 1,500 linear feet of papers and manuscripts.
The library has a staff of 41 and offers an array of services to the students and faculty of Columbia Law School.
The library also offers fee-based services to individuals and organizations outside of the Columbia community.
Arthur W. Diamond
Arthur W. Diamond '26, who served as a captain in the United States Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, was a real-estate developer and benefactor to many organizations. He worked with his brothers, Harold and Sidney '22, to expand their family’s real-estate business, which included apartment houses and shopping centers in Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. Before his death in January 1996, Mr. Diamond was involved with many charities. He donated funds to rehabilitate the Angel of the Waters statue in Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain and gave significant gifts to Lenox Hill Hospital and New York Hospital. He and his brother Sidney provided funds through the Diamond Brothers Foundation to establish the Diamond Classroom, located on the eighth floor of Columbia Law School.
A gift of $7 million has been made to Columbia Law School by Miriam and Arthur W. Diamond Charitable Trust, which Jack Adelman and Jay H. McDowell serve as trustees.