NYLI’s Areas of Expertise

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. Our members are able to gain access to a wide range of information and knowledge based services. Our goal is to increase members’ access to legal resources and draw on our expert staff to provide high-quality research and reference assistance. Our work is designed specifically to aid and support our members’ needs, and can be tailored directly to your requirements.

Our Services


NYLI’s staff of experienced, full-time librarians offers professional reference and research assistance to our members. Use this service when you are not sure of what specific kind of book or document you are looking for, when you don’t know where the answer to your question exists, or if you require a complex search that draws upon multiple resources.
NOTE: Research services are billed at a rate of $100 per hour, in 15-minute increments, subject to our Research Services Policy.Learn More
You can request individual documents, such as journal articles, book chapters, statutes, session laws, etc. that are held in our collection or can be accessed through a database to be delivered straight to you. If a document is not available in our collection, we can work with a third-party document delivery service to locate it at no additional cost. Materials can be e-mailed to your office, sent by fax, or made available online for download. Learn More
Members have access to our unique print collection of approximately 300,000 volumes. Materials circulate for 7 business-days with options to renew by e-mail, phone, or online for two additional 7 business-day periods.Learn More
Our members can access a wide variety of legal and business databases directly from their desktops at no additional cost. Learn More
We provide Webinars on online databases on a regular basis. You can also request personalized training session for you and your team on legal research or online databases. Our research experts will adapt the training based on your needs and audience. Learn More
The NYLI Knowledge Base is a dynamic collection of answers that our reference librarians have provided in response to patrons’ questions and inquiries. Learn More
Member libraries that use EOS.Web® may directly integrate our catalog into their OPACs through our Seamless Catalog module. Learn More
Yes! You can visit us on site and utilize public access computers, onsite-only databases such as WestlawNext, and make the most of our unique work space. Individual office space is available for meetings, etc.  We also welcome Summer Associates!! Learn More

Why Choose Us?

  • Fast, knowledgeable, and responsive service.
  • 24/7 access to resources.
  • Shared collection development reduces costs and space requirements.
  • Forward-thinking technology initiatives keep NYLI on the cutting-edge.
  • We’re the extra pair of hands you’ve been looking for!

What Members Say

“From the historical in print, original NYC Charter, 1683 Dongan Charter, to the esoteric, The Trial of Hawley Harvey Crippen, to cutting edge technology such as their eBook collection, the NYLI is a researcher and lawyer’s OASIS on Broadway!”
Eric Kaufman, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
“Fried Frank is a longtime member and supporter of NYLI. We value and rely on their services, and their electronic collection is second to none, whether it’s a Congressional document or a current eBook.”
Megan Von Behren, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
“The NYLI is the best legal library service in our fair city.  They are quick and reliable and now with the easy breezy book check out and e-book library, your attorneys can obtain their materials even quicker!  Longtime service at its best!”
John Davey, Alston & Bird LLP
“The New York Law Institute has continued to provide exceptional service for the Dechert LLP Library and our patrons. Our collaboration with the New York Law Institute and EOS on implementing the seamless catalog module enabled our users to access the institute’s valuable e-book collection within the Dechert Library catalog. It’s been a great success.”
Robyn Rebollo, Dechert LLP
“The expertise of the New York Law Institute’s staff and the richness of its collection make our membership a truly worthwhile investment.”
Joseph Kessler, Blank Rome LLP
“NYLI’s new website is crisp, fresh and makes searching its collections and submitting a request easy and fast.  My favorite service is the ebooks which adds incredible value by providing a universe of books at my desktop in just a matter of minutes.”
Mark D. Pellis, M.L.S., J.D., DLA Piper LLP
“We are very pleased to be users of the new cutting edge visionary services implemented by NYLI. Professionally it has been a very rewarding experience to have been a part of the project and work done to facilitate the generation of the new 24/7 clearinghouse and virtual reference  web-based capabilities integrated to our portal for our attorneys Firm wide. These collaboration capabilities will help us to significantly and cost-effectively expand the scope of the KM services we currently provide. I would also like to invite everyone to take a look at the potential inherent in the technologies that NYLI is deploying with the purpose of maximizing leverage in KM projects that we are all leading or involved with at the Library level. It certainly shows our professional potential in the KM industry.”
Alirio Gomez, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP