A Legacy Library Offering Leading-Edge Services

The New York Law Institute is much more than a lending library – we are a full information services organization, striving to offer our members materials in various formats, including 24/7 availability of electronic databases.

As the oldest circulating law library in New York City, the New York Law Institute (NYLI) has an impressive collection of current, unique, historical and hard-to-find materials. Membership provides access to significant print resources enhanced by remote access to an array of online databases, including eBooks.

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Our Featured Skills

Research 100
Electronic Resources 100
Document Delivery 100
Print Collection 100

Our Valuable Team Members

Lucy Curci-Gonzalez
Lucy Curci-GonzalezExecutive Director
Lucy Curci-Gonzalez, Executive Director, has over 25 years of library management and intellectual property research experience. Prior to joining Kenyon & Kenyon LLP as Director of Library Services, she was the head librarian at Morgan & Finnegan LLP. She has worked as a catalog, interlibrary loan and reference librarian at state court, law school, corporate legal department and federal government agency law libraries in New York City. Lucy is active in the Law Librarians Association of Greater New York and in the IP Group of the American Association of Law Libraries Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals Special Interest Section.
Ellyssa Valenti Kroski
Ellyssa Valenti KroskiDirector of IT/Director of Marketing
Ellyssa Valenti Kroski is the Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 60 books including Law Librarianship in the Age of AI for which she won the AALL’s 2020 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State Universities, and an international conference speaker. She received the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application. She can be found at:
Eileen Dolan
Eileen DolanTech Svcs Librarian
With over 30 years of law library experience, Eileen Dolan, Technical Services Librarian, is an integral member of the NYLI team. She has worked for such prominent NYC firms as Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, and Shearman & Sterling LLP to name a few.
Karen Oesterle
Karen OesterleHead of Reference
Karen Oesterle, Head of Reference for the New York Law Institute, has been involved with law libraries from both sides of the desk.  She spent 25 years with Matthew Bender and LexisNexis providing print and digital solutions to law firms and clients based in New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.  She has been at NYLI since 2015, served as Treasurer for the Law Library Association of Greater New York, and is currently Co-Chair of Corporate Sponsorship for LLAGNY.  
Emily M. Moog
Emily M. MoogResearch Librarian
Research Librarian Emily Moog started as a page at The New York Public Library has  worked for more than two decades as a law librarian in NYC, working  at Cleary Gottlieb, Paul Weiss, and most recently at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP.  Emily served on the LLAGNY Board, and is a frequent contributor to its newsletter, “Law Lines”.  Along with her colleagues, Emily was part of a  team that presented the very first LLAGNY sponsored Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs.  Emily Moog looks forward to being part of a great  team that provides excellent research in an efficient matter.
Phoebe Hurtte
Phoebe HurtteLibrary Assistant
Phoebe Hurtte, Library Assistant has been a valued member of the NYLI team for over three decades during which she’s assumed many roles in the organization.
Martha Pascual
Martha PascualCataloguer
Martha Pascual, Cataloging Project Manager, has over 20 years of experience in the law library field. She was the Head of Technical Services at NYCLA for nearly a decade and served in the same capacity at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP for over 10 years.