Library FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Are past exams with model answers available through the library?
No. Exams given in the past five years by faculty members currently teaching the course are available in electronic format on the law student network. Also available for some foundation courses are model answers prepared by the faculty. Law students should consult the Computer Help Desk if in need of assistance in accessing these electronic files.
Is there a computer lab in the library?
Yes. The Columbia Law School's computer lab is located in the southwest corner of the second floor. Open to Law School affiliates only, it is composed of networked, Windows XP-equipped terminals with access to a number of applications, including word-processing, Westlaw and Lexis and the Internet, and is staffed by a lab consultant during library hours.
How do I obtain access to Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg?
Westlaw (including WestlawNext), Lexis (aka LexisNexis), and BloombergLaw (aka Bloomberg BNA) are accessed via the web using personalized, individual accounts. See Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law for more details. Generally, accounts are only available to current law students, faculty, and staff.
Can I print from the computers in the library?
Printing in the library is limited to law students only. Law students are allotted a print quota every semester. Extra pages above the quota may be purchased at the library circulation desk or the IT Helpdesk on the Seventh Floor. Trouble-shooting and more information is available from the Law School IT department.
Is the library open to the public?
The library primarily serves Columbia faculty, students, staff, alumni, and its affiliate institutions. We do, however, participate in programs that allow for the sharing of resources with qualified scholars and attorneys. Please consult your home institution library or local public library and see Fee-Based Services for more information.
Additionally, researchers not affiliated with the university may use titles from our Special Collections if they cannot be located in other rare book collections.
May I eat or drink in the library?
Eating is not allowed in the library. You may bring beverages in spill-resistant containers. Please see our Code of Conduct for more information.