For researcher's convenience, the Library has gathered at the south end of the fourth floor copies of the most heavily used U.S. state and federal primary and secondary legal materials, including the United States Code (U.S.C.), United States Code Annotated (U.S.C.A), United States Code Service (U.S.C.S.), United States Statutes at Large (Stat.), United States Code Congressional and Administrative News (U.S.C.C.A.N.), Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), the regional federal reporters and digests, national legal encyclopedias, the American Law Reports (ALR), general form books, and Shepard's citators.
Please note that the state primary materials are located elsewhere: the state statutory and administrative codes can be found in the Reserve Reading Room on the third floor; official state reports in the cellar and in microfilm according to date; and the New York official case reporters in the New York Collection in the northwest corner of the fourth floor. Additional copies of the regional and federal reporters and Code of Federal Regulations can be found in the Reserve Reading Room; a second copy of the United States Code Annotated in the Reference Office. The New York state statutes (McKinney's) can also be found in the Reference office and on the 4th floor, in the New York collection.
In the northwest corner of the fourth floor, near the stairs, is a selection of New York primary legal materials, including the official case reports, New York Supplement 2d, session laws, and statutory codes (McKinney's and CLS), and the New York Case digests. Secondary materials such as New York Jurisprudence 2d and McKinney's New York Forms are located toward the southwest corner of the floor within the call number range of KFN 5000 to KFN 6189. New York's administrative code, The Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations (N.Y.C.R.R.), and a second copy of McKinney's is shelved in the Reserve Reading Room. A third copy of McKinney's is also kept in the Reference Office.
A collection of Congressional and related publications is temporarily located in the cellar on the shelves immediately behind the elevator. This collection includes the Library's print copies of the Congressional Record, bound U.S. Congress House and Senate documents and reports ("Serial Set"), CCH's Congressional Index (current year in Reference) and bound volumes of Congressional Quarterly. Please consult a reference librarian for pre-1900 and post-1991 Congressional reports and documents not on shelf.
The Library's collection of official state case reports, as distinct from the commercially-published National Reporter System, is located within Room B-8 in the cellar. The collection begins alphabetically by state at the rear of the room. Official reports published after 1870 (the start date of the National Reporter System) are also available on microfiche on the second floor. See Pegasus for additional information on particular series, or consult the Reference Department for assistance.
The Library's collection of monographic and multi-volume legal treatises and looseleaf services in American law, as well as non-law materials arranged according to the LC classification system, occupies most of the west side of the fourth floor. (Earlier editions and duplicate copies of treaties shelved here may be in closed storage, available upon request at the Circulation Desk.). Use PEGASUS to find call numbers for specific works.
Please note that this collection contains recent material; many pre-1979 treatises have a 'T' call number and are now stored offsite.
In the center and eastern ranges of the north end of the fourth floor are bound volumes of legal periodicals, arranged, in most cases, alphabetically by periodical title. Assigned P call numbers, these titles begin in the stacks directly south of the stack elevator; continue to its north; and then turn back from north to south in the east stacks. All unbound periodical issues are kept in the Reserve Reading Room on the third floor.