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Brooklyn Law School Library in a Nutshell: Access Policies

This guide is a brief introduction to and overview of the Brooklyn Law School Library. Described here are the services, resources, facilities and staff of the Library.

General Statement of Policy

Brooklyn Law School is a private law school.  Brooklyn Law School faculty, students, and staff with valid identification cards are permitted to use the library without restriction.  Alumni have unlimited access to the library's print resources and limited access to certain digital resources for research purposes.  Visitors must present the appropriate library pass to the lobby guard to gain admittance to the library.

U.S. Government Depository

Brooklyn Law School library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, serving as a selective depository for U.S. government documents. The BLS Library became a selective depository in 1974 and holds few government documents published prior to that date. At present, the Library selects less than 12% of available items from the Government Printing Office. The majority of our collection emanates from Congress and the Judiciary. We have a microfiche collection containing all Congressional hearings, reports, prints and bills from 1984 to date. The depository collection is accessible to the public when reference assistance is available: Monday – Thursday, 9 AM - 8 PM, Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM, and Saturday, 12 PM - 4 PM (Fall and Spring semesters) and Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM (Summer). Patrons who need access to the collection must request specific assistance at the reference desk in order to be directed to the appropriate depository resources.


Students/Faculty from Other Law Schools

Individuals from local law schools may use the library by presenting their identification card or the appropriate pass as listed below:

  • New York Law School and CUNY Law School students with valid law school identification cards (no access during the BLS reading and exam period).
  • Full-time faculty members and law school students of other New York metropolitan area law schools with valid Academic Law Library Directors of Greater New York (ALLDGNY) passes (Green Letters) that request specific material unavailable in their own library collections and with a current date for access.
  • Full-time faculty members and a limited number of law students of New York metropolitan area law schools may also access the library for a semester by presenting a letter of introduction from their library to a reference librarian. Upon receipt of this letter, the student or faculty member will be issued a visitor's pass for the semester.  The semester pass will be valid until the start of the BLS reading and exam period.

METRO Referral Card Holders

Members of the public who need to use specific material from our collection must first obtain a yellow METRO referral card from their public or academic library. METRO referral patrons are restricted to one card per user per week. The METRO patron must present the card to the BLS lobby guard upon arrival and then turn the card in at the library circulation desk. A reference librarian can assist with METRO referrals only from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. METRO referral cards are not accepted during the BLS reading and examination periods. METRO referral patrons do not have access to our e-resources.

Attorneys Affiliated with Non-Profit Organizations

The Library will provide access to a limited number of attorneys working for non-profit organizations, for limited periods of time. To request such access, an individual attorney must send or email a letter, in advance, on his/her organization’s letterhead. Please include the name of the attorney requesting use of the library, contact information (address, telephone, fax, and e-mail), and the dates needed for access. Please attach a photocopy of the attorney’s current employment ID. Visiting attorneys do not have access to our e-resources.
This letter should be sent to:

Kathleen Darvil
Associate Librarian for Public Services
Brooklyn Law School Library
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Upon approval, a visitor’s pass will be provided; this pass is non-transferable. The pass must then be presented at each visit, along with a picture ID indicating proof of employment with the relevant organization, to the lobby guard before entering the library. Both the pass and ID must be presented at each visit or access will be denied. Such access will be limited in duration, with the maximum of two (2) weeks permitted per request

Bar Exam Study

Bar exam study passes are available to non-Brooklyn Law School graduates for a fee.  Please check the access policies page on the library website for the dates when passes are available for the next scheduled New York state bar exam.  A limited number of passes will be available on a first-come, first served basis.  Please contact the BLS Library Reference Desk for the fee amount and payment method. Individuals purchasing a pass must present a dated law school ID card or government-issued identification, and proof that they are taking the next scheduled NY state bar exam.

The purchase of a bar exam study pass entitles the individual to use the facilities of the Brooklyn Law School Library, with the exception of the workstations, databases, printers, and the study/conference rooms.

Bar exam study for non-Brooklyn Law School graduates is a courtesy. This access is conditional: visitors must comply with all library rules and policies. Any non-BLS graduate who violates any rule or policy will lose his or her right to use the library for the remainder of the bar exam study period and will forfeit any fees paid.