We offer our members access to a range of research databases at no additional cost. Some databases can be accessed by members remotely 24/7 from any computer, using a password, while others are only available to our staff and to walk-in visitors to the library. For online or customized training, please view our calendar of events or contact us.

All of our members have free access to the EBL Ebook Library and can download eBooks to their devices anytime, anywhere. There are no waiting lines as multiple users can check out the same title at the same time. More info.Access eBook Library
The New York Law Institute now offers a collection of Matthew Bender, ABA, and Nutshells titles in its OverDrive Collection. This new eBooks collection of over 400 eBooks is available to all NYLI members! This service is currently free for all NYLI members, who may now download eBooks to their devices anytime, anywhere. More info. Access OverDrive eBooks Collection


The ProQuest Congressional service provides users with efficient, targeted access to the most comprehensive collection of historic and current congressional information available anywhere online.More info. Access ProQuest Congressional
Searchable archive of state session laws and other government documents, appellate court records and briefs, historical case law reporters and major U.S. and British legal treatises. More info.Access LLMC


The accepted authority on the English language. An unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 600,000 words from across the English-speaking world. More info.Access Oxford English Dictionary
Law reviews, session laws, current and historical statutes, treaties, and more. All content is fully-searchable, image-based and available for download in PDF. (Remote access available to firms of 50 or fewer attorneys, non-profit organizations, and government agencies only)More info.Access HeinOnline


Search a universe of more than 956 million resources across print, digital and electronic formats, including; 217+ million books, 91,495 journals, 668+ million articles, more than 13.6+ million e-Book titles, and 29+ million digital items from trusted sources like Google Books, and OAIster. More info.Access WorldCat Local
A dynamic, searchable collection of answers to patrons’ questions that are provided by our reference and research librarians.More info.Access NYLI Knowledge Base
A multilingual dictionary translating English to French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, and Latin and French-Spanish, French-German, French-Italian, Spanish-German, Spanish-Portuguese. More info. Access Ultralingua Online Dictionary

On-Site and Staff Access

Our members are welcome to use our public terminals to access any of the above databases on-site at no additional charge. Our extensive print collection serves as a supplemental resource for your research. Keep this option in mind when you are working on pro bono projects and training new attorneys, summer associates, paralegals, and other employees. Additional databases available on-site include:

  • WestlawNext: The most advanced online legal research system. Authoritative content for both primary law and exclusive secondary law titles.  And we have just added New York Business Law Practitioner – a resource designed to help you practice New York business law more efficiently and effectively.
  • Lexis Advance: The online legal research solution helping you change the world… one case at a time.

Our librarians also have in-house access to several additional electronic resources including:

  • Bloomberg Law
  • National Law Journal Online
  • New York Law Journal Digital Microfilm
  • RIA Worldwide Tax and Commercial Law database

We can retrieve materials from these on request, or use them in the course of working with you on a research project.

Make a Request

To request a document from any of the NYLI electronic resources to be e-mailed to you, use the Request a Document form or call us at (212) 732-8720.