Last week, it was beginning to feel as if spring has finally arrived in New York.  Now, of course, we are in the heat of summer.  Yes, the pollen count is dreadful, but weren’t the tulips gorgeous!  And haven’t the azaleas and rhododendrons been spectacular this year?  In thinking about ‘spring cleaning’ as it might relate to our libraries, I discovered a wonderful Washington Post tradition, an annual spring cleaning article.  Their 2015 candidates for items to eradicate include selfies, middle names, and the third year of law school.  Makes for some interesting reading.

Here at the Law Institute, we don’t engage in an annual purge.  In fact, I was delighted to learn this week that we have on our shelves the 1762, 1765, 1772, 1843, 1850, 1860, 1863, and 1871 editions of Sir William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England.

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We also have the 1891, 1910, 1990, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014 editions of Black’s Law Dictionary.  Superseded editions of both these titles were requested this week by patrons and we had them on hand.  Be sure to ask the NY Law Institute for anything you need; we may very well have it available for you!