Our Collection

The Julien and Virginia Cornell Library serves as the intellectual foundation for VLS students and faculty as they engage in legal education and scholarship.

The library’s collection includes over 349,000 volumes and 149,000 titles. In addition to the traditional print collection, researchers have access to a host of multidisciplinary online resources. The library maintains a small rare books collection, as well as the VLS archives, which includes the selected papers of Judge James L. Oakes. The library is also a government documents depository and receives a variety of legal
and nonlegal materials through the Federal Depository Library Program.

The library offers many online resources crucial to legal research, including Westlaw, Lexis Advance, Bloomberg Law, HeinOnline, and ProQuest Congressional. In addition, the library offers access to resources in a broad variety of subjects and databases of primary legal materials. Over 90,000 electronic titles and more than 30,000 online journal titles are available through the library.

A unique component of the Cornell Library is the Environmental Collection. This premier collection includes print and electronic formats of journals, monographs, and loose leafs related to environmental law and policy.

As the discipline of environmental law evolves, so does the collection. Standard materials include those related to food and agriculture, planning and zoning, solid waste, environmental risk assessment, energy law, hazardous wastes, cost-benefit analysis, climate change, biodiversity, sustainability, environmental justice, and environmental economics.


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