About the Rutgers-Newark Law Library

With more than half a million volumes and volume equivalents, the library is the largest law library in New Jersey. Its holdings on the law of the United States include statutes and court decisions of all fifty states, federal statutes and caselaw, federal and New Jersey regulations and administrative decisions, federal and New Jersey legislative history materials, and the codes of ordinances for many New Jersey municipalities. The library also has an extensive collection of Anglo-American legal periodicals, the primary materials of international law, extensive historical materials on English law, and a special collection of criminology and criminal justice materials.

The library is a selective depository for United States federal government publications and a full depository for New Jersey government publications. The documents collection is arranged so as to permit patrons to have direct access to almost all materials.

The primary mission of the library is to serve the educational and research needs of the faculty and students of the School of Law. The library also supports the legal research needs of the Rutgers University community. To the extent that it is compatible with its primary and secondary missions, the library will provide service to others.

All tables and study carrels in the library are wired for power and data. The research value of the library is enhanced by the presence of two major computer assisted legal research systems, Lexis Nexis and Westlaw, each of which also provides extensive access to non-legal databases. A training program in automated legal research is available to all first-year law students. There are four computer laboratories on the third floor of the library: a dedicated Lexis Nexis lab, a Westlaw lab, and two general computer labs that provide law students with Internet access. The Weintraub computer lab in Room 387 is also equipped to serve as a state-of-the-art computer teaching facility. A fifth computer lab, the Sidebar Cafe, is located on the first floor, next to the reference desk.