Cherry trees in bloom in front of Jerome Greene Hall

Arthur W. Diamond Law Library

One of the finest collections of legal materials in the nation—at your service.

Due to the renovation, the Law Library in Jerome Greene Hall will be closed to patrons beginning Wednesday, May 15.

Dedicated study space for Columbia Law School students and recent graduates as well as Circulation Desk and Reference services will open in the lobby of William and June Warren Hall (Big Warren) on Tuesday, May 28.

In the interim period, Columbia patrons seeking access to Law Library materials may request them via Pegasus or by emailing [email protected], and arrangements will be made for pick up. Reference services will be available via email Monday-Friday 10am-6pm.

The Arthur W. Diamond Law Library, named after Arthur W. Diamond (Class of 1926), is home to one of the most comprehensive print and digital legal collections in the country. In addition to a comprehensive U.S. law collection, it also has strong collections in international, foreign, and comparative law and a special section devoted to Japanese law.

Print Collection

  • 440,000+ titles from 184 countries in 149 languages
  • Largest collection of Japanese law materials at a U.S. university
  • 200,000+ titles covering foreign and comparative law
  • 60,000+ titles covering public and private international law
  • 550,000+ volumes located offsite and accessible in 24 hours
  • 30,000 volumes and 1,500 linear feet of papers and manuscripts in Special Collections
  • Students can browse almost all the books located onsite, both in the Law Library and in other Columbia University Libraries.

Electronic Collection

  • 100,000+ titles, covering U.S., foreign, and international law
  • Extensive collection of legal electronic databases (U.S., foreign, and international)
  • Access to the entire Columbia University database collection

Reference Librarians

All Reference Librarians have law degrees and graduate library science degrees and are available seven days a week for help with:

  • Legal research
  • Research planning
  • Source gathering
  • Online databases
  • Internet searches
  • Interlibrary loans from institutions across the world