July 2010

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York Courts

September 2013

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York courts

April 2008

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York Courts

In front of the Women in the Law Room, June 17, 2013

A most appropriate setting for the reception honoring the 2 newest Court of Appeals judges (Pictured, l. to r.: Justices Pigott, Smith, Rivera, & Abdus-Salaam)

Judicial Portrait Collection

Row of oil paintings at the entrance to the library

Hands-on learning

The School Without Walls Summer Law Camp visiting the Rare Book Room & staff workroom during a tour of the library August 15, 2013

International visitors

A legal delegation from the Ukraine with library staff members September 25, 2013

Celebrating 15 years at 50 East Avenue

Our corner of Chestnut Street & East Avenue, ca. 1998

UB Law Students Visit the Library

Students begin their tour of the library on January 23, 2014.

On display through April

Colorful patches from the library's display on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

June 23, 2014

First weekend of the 2014 Jazz Festival

Free show at East & Chestnut
on a delightful summer evening

June 20, 2014

East End eats

We're happy to see some of our favorite coffee and lunch spots mentioned in Karen Miltner's guide to Jazz Festival dining options in today's Democrat and Chronicle. An accompanying article details several other food-related businesses that will be opening soon in our area, including an eagerly-anticipated grocery store. There hasn't been a place nearby where you could run to for produce or a bottle of salad dressing since the IGA in Midtown closed.

June 18, 2014

Jazz Festival street closures

Our UPS guy is not happy about it, but the street closures for the Jazz Festival have begun. The complete list is below.

Gibbs St. (from East Ave. to E. Main)
Mon., June 16 (Midnight) to Mon., June 30 (Midnight)

Chestnut St. (from E. Main to East Ave.)
Fri., June 20 (6AM) to Sun., June 22 (2AM)
Fri., June 27 (6AM) to Sun., June 29 (2AM)

East Ave. (from E. Main to Scio)
& Chestnut (from Broad to East Ave.)
Fri., June 20 (5PM-Midnight)
Sat., June 21 (5PM-Midnight)
Fri., June 27 (5PM-Midnight)
Sat., June 28 (5PM-Midnight)

East Ave. (from Alexander to Union)
& Alexander (from Charlotte to Park)
Sat., June 28 (5PM-Midnight)

East Ave. (from Prince to Alexander)
Sat., June 28 (6AM) to Sun., June 29 (2AM)

Main St. (from Gibbs to Chestnut, not including Gibbs or Chestnut)
Fri., June 20 to Sat., June 28 (5PM-Midnight)

May 30, 2014

Who owns the law?

Carl Malamud is a familiar name in the law library world, an advocate of free access to public information who has often clashed with government bodies, legal publishers, research firms, and others. As a lawsuit brought against Malamud's organization by the American Society for Testing and Materials gets underway in the District of Columbia District Court, the cover story of June's ABA Journal, Who owns the law? Technology reignites the war over just how public documents should be, provides a good overview of the issues being contested in this fascinating intersection of technology and the law.

April 24, 2014

Please do not reshelve our books

If you come to the library, you probably see signs saying, “PLEASE DO NOT RESHELVE OUR BOOKS.” These signs are not unique to us. We see them at the public library as well. The reason for this is two-fold.

One is, although we trust our users to remember where they got the book, sometimes, spaces on shelves look alike and just about any book that is of the same thickness will fit in it. Books get misshelved and there they will stay until someone browses the area and notices the misplaced book. Sometimes, it takes a very long time to find the book.

The other reason for asking our users not to reshelve our books is because this is the only way we can tell what books are being used. When the time to order new editions or supplements comes and we review the usage for particular titles, chances are only those that show that they have been used will get updated or only those on certain topics will be bought.

So, please leave the reshelving to us! You will be helping to ensure that material that's being used is accurately counted and then put back in its proper spot for the next patron.

March 20, 2014

Close to finishing law school? Learn about us!

Yesterday we had some law students in their last year at UB visiting us. As their "tour guide" notes,
One aspect of the tour that was particularly interesting for the students was the availability of free Lexis, private study rooms, and Wi-Fi. I told the students that many attorneys meet with clients in the private study rooms, while using the wireless connection to access email, Lexis and the Internet. It was clear they were already pondering the possibilities as I talked about it - one of them immediately commented, "We could use the library as our law office." The idea that they could start their own law practice without the expense of an office was something they hadn't thought possible. When combined with the library's massive print collection, the students acknowledged that our facility really does offer just about everything a young attorney would need to get started in the profession. In fact, one of them has already returned (a day later) to conduct research for her current law school assignment!

March 17, 2014


Next Sunday, March 23, at 3:00 P.M., the Little will present Forbidden Voices, a documentary profiling three dissident bloggers who've braved repression in their home countries, as part of its Women's History Month Film Series. The stories of Yoani Sanchez of Cuba, Zeng Jinyan of China, and Farnaz Seifi of Iran will no doubt make compelling viewing.

Closer to home, it's important to note that this is Sunshine Week, a national initiative, in the words of its website, to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools, and others interested in the public’s right to know. The American Association of Law Libraries and the American Library Association will be taking part in Sunshine Week activities. For more information, see here and here.

Update: The Democrat and Chronicle has several pieces online addressing Sunshine Week concerns locally. Here's a site we learned about there and would like to pass along: Open New York, an open data portal "bringing together local, state and federal data in one place."