Fees & Charges

These are our fees and charges for additional services we provide such as research projects and document delivery. These are add-on fees which are separate from our Membership Rates. We will always notify you before conducting any service that involves a fee or charge.  Please see the menu below for different types of charges.

All Fees – Expanded

New Fast Track Service

Beginning Monday, June 5th, 2017 The New York Law Institute will begin offering a Fast Track service option.  For an added fee of $100, the reference librarians at NYLI will expedite your request, placing it at the top of the queue for priority handling, guaranteeing that it will receive the fastest service.

Document Delivery Self Service photocopies/pages

$0.35 per page

*Copyright royalties may be applicable.

Document Delivery Photocopy Service
Photocopy service:

$1.00 per page


*Copyright royalties may be applicable.

Messenger Services Outside New York City

Books and other materials can be sent to offices outside New York City via FedEx overnight service. You will be billed for the shipment cost or you can provide a FexEx account number for us to bill to.

Rush Delivery Messenger Service (within 1 hour)

We can make arrangements to have books delivered to your office by messenger.

Rush service (within 1 hour):

$21 for rush delivery under 15 lbs.
$40 Over 15 lbs. (motor charge)

Borrowing eBooks

We offer over 100,000 eBooks, through EBL Ebook Library and our OverDrive eBooks Collection, to our members at no charge. You can download them anytime from anywhere and to any device with no waiting lines. Visit our eBooks page for more information.

Lost Book Replacement Cost

Overdue fines can accumulate for 14 business days. Following this period, you will be requested to return the publication to the library. Failure to do will result in a charge for the full replacement cost of the publication plus a processing fee.

Research Services

$100 per hour, billed in 15-minute increments

Research services policy

Our research services fee is applied only to requests that require the research skills of our professional librarians. Examples include compiling legislative histories; locating documents that are not held in our collection and complex reference queries that result in a specific work product whether a response in the form of an email or PDF document.

For example, “Is a decision of one of the four New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division courts considered mandatory authority for the other three, or persuasive authority?”

An appropriate work product via email might be “According to William H. Manz, Gibson’s New York Legal Research Guide, at 183-184 (3d ed. 2004), in the section entitled “Overview of Mandatory Authority in New York”:  “The decisions of the various judicial departments are persuasive authority as to each other. For example, a Second Department decision is merely persuasive authority for the Third Department.”

Research services fees will not be applied to requests of a clerical nature, such as photocopying, or retrieving known items from our physical collection, the databases we subscribe to, or another library.

Document Retrieval/ILL Services

We have extensive contacts with other libraries, commercial document delivery services, and specialized research companies. Our staff, in consultation with our patrons, are able to initiate inter-library loans and request documents held at other libraries and archives on behalf of Institute members. The patron will be billed for any inter-library loan charges or document retrieval fees charged by the third party. Research charges will be billed when applicable, as specified plus research fees when applicable, as specified in the Research services policy.


*Copyright royalties may be applicable.

Document Delivery E-mail/Fax Service
E-mail/Fax service:

$2.00 per page
Limit of $30 per document if available electronically


*Copyright royalties may be applicable.

Regular Delivery Messenger Service (within 2 hours)

We can make arrangements to have books delivered to your office by messenger.

Regular service (within 2 hours):

Note: Our messenger service raised their fees by 15% earlier this year.  As a result, effective April 1 2016 our fees will increase by the same percentage to the following:

Under 15 lbs: $15.00
Over 15 lbs. (motor charge): $30.00

Borrowing Physical Books

All books in our collection, with the exception of some selected rare volumes, can be borrowed for 7 business days, with options to renew up to two additional 7-business day periods. Overdue fines are calculated at a rate of $2 per item per day. There is no charge to borrow books from our collection other than delivery charges, if applicable.