the Hobby Lobby case

As the Supreme Court term ends the big cases get decided.  In its 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores the Supreme Court today agreed with Hobby Lobby which claimed that contaceptive coverage required by the Affordable Care Act conflicted with their owner’s religious principles and that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 they should thus be exempted from providing such coverage.

Text of the decision on the Supreme court website appears here.

New York Times coverage appears here.

Scotusblog coverage appears here.




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Database of the Month for June — Environmental Law Reporter


As you are taking summer courses at VLS this summer, we’d like to remind you of a terrific research resource the library subscribes to — Environmental Law Reporter (ELR). As its name indicates, it’s a database focusing on all aspects of environmental law and policy. It covers the areas of air, climate change, energy, land use, natural resources, toxic substances, water, wildlife, and so forth.

ELR has three components:

  • News & AnalysisELR’s highly respected monthly journal, provides insightful articles relevant to both legal practice and policy on today’s most pressing environmental topics. News & Analysis is available in print as well as online.
  • ELR UPDATE provides expert summaries three times a month of the most important federal and state judicial and administrative developments as well as federal legislative and international news. You can also receive ELR Daily Update, their daily summary of federal administrative news.
  • ELR, is a one-stop environmental law and policy research site with access to over 40 years of ELR analysis, extensive links to statutes, regulations and policies, a comprehensive subject matter index, and many other tools.

Learn more about ELR’s navigation and search functions here.

ELR can be accessed through the list of databases on the library’s website. Want to research more in other environmental related databases, check out the list of our subscribed environmental databases. Besides these databases, JULIEN offers a bountiful collection of books and ebooks of your topic!

At always, we welcome you to consult a reference librarian for an individual consultation! Email to make an appointment with a librarian.


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Library Summer Hours

Cornell Library Hours 2014

Summer Session:

Tuesday – Friday               May 27-30          8AM – 10PM

Saturday and Sunday        May 31-June 1    9AM – 10PM

Monday – Friday               June 2-6              8AM – 10PM

Saturday and Sunday        June 7-8               9AM – 10PM

Monday – Friday               June 9-13            8AM – 10PM

Saturday                                  June 14               8AM – 10PM Exam

Sunday                              June 15               9AM – 10PM

Monday – Friday               June 16-20          8AM – 10PM

Saturday and Sunday        June 21-22          9AM – 10PM

Monday – Friday               June 23-27          8AM – 10PM

Saturday                                  June 28                8AM – 10PM Exam


Summer Break:

Sunday                                    June 29                    9AM – 5PM    

Monday – Thursday                June 30-July3          8AM – 5PM    

Friday – Saturday                    July 4-5                   CLOSED

Sunday                                    July 6                       NOON – 5PM


        Summer Session continued:

Monday – Friday                     July 7-11                 8AM – 10PM

Saturday and Sunday              July 12-13               9AM – 10PM

Monday – Friday                     July 14-18               8AM – 10PM

Saturday                                  July 19                     8AM – 10PM Exam

Sunday                                    July 20                     9AM – 10PM

Monday – Friday                     July 21-25               8AM – 10PM

Saturday and Sunday              July 26-27               9AM – 10PM

Monday – Friday                     July 28-August 1     8AM – 10PM

Saturday                                  August 2                  8AM – 10PM Exam


Late Summer:

Sunday                                    August 3                  9AM – 8PM

Monday – Friday                     August 4-8              8AM – 8PM

Saturday and Sunday              August 9-10           CLOSED

Monday – Friday                     August 11-15          8AM – 8PM

Saturday and Sunday              August 16-17          CLOSED

Monday – Friday                     August 18-22          8AM – 8PM

Saturday                                  August 23                9AM – 5 PM

Sunday                                    August 24                Regular Hours Resume

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