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.

All About NYLI

Find out about all of NYLI’s services and resources in this brief webinar! Our June 2021 “All About NYLI” Webinar is 26:06 mins, please check it out.
If you have new staff joining your library or would just like a refresher yourself on our services and resources, please join Ellyssa Valenti Kroski, NYLI’s Director of Information Technology and Executive Director Lucy Curci-Gonzalez for this onboarding webinar on all we have to offer.

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 $150 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

“NYLI focuses on providing high quality customer support and innovative solutions to the needs of our research team and wider business. They provide valuable access to key resources which helps our team succeed.”
Scott D. Bailey, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
“In this new age of an increasing reliance on digital sources, NYLI provides that as well as the elusive paper equivalent.”
Michael B. Roth, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
“The New York Law Institute is a great resource for retrieving older materials on microfiche.  Their collection of treatises complements the treatises in our library.”
Jeanine McPartlin, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
“NYLI has great customer service!  Karen Oesterle is very responsive!”
Spencer E. Scott, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
“Many of the law firms that I have been associated with during my career we clients of The New York Law Institute. It has always been a pleasure to work with them. The personnel is always cordial  and helpful. The collection of both current and archival legal materials is second to none. Their location is convenient to many subway lines making pick up and drop off of hard copy very easy. I most heartily recommend their services.”
Mark Schwartz, Law Library Management, Inc.
“NYLI is a critically important source of legal information.  They have been instrumental in filling the gaps in our own research capability for years. The staff is a pleasure to deal with and everything gets done quickly and efficiently. Great bang for the buck.”
Edward Brandwein, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
“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 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
“It’s true, the New York Law Institute has everything! Including the world’s best librarians and researchers.”
AmLaw 100 Member
“Extremely valuable support for the practice of law. Professional, enthusiastically helpful, and deeply knowledgeable staff.”
NYLI Member
“Being able to borrow books is very important as we’ve downsized our own collection. The historical statutes and superceded editions have come in handy on multiple occasions, as well.”
NYLI Member
“The Reference Staff is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and prompt with their responses. I am grateful that they are available for help when I need it.”
NYLI Member
“Your collection of historical statutes and superceded treatises has been so valuable.”
NYLI Member
“On the occasions when we have needed New York and historical material you have come through with flying colors.”
NYLI Member
“I anticipate that the lending of texts/treatises will become increasingly more important as my library continues to aggressively reduce print over the next couple of years.”
NYLI Member