October 30, 2015

The NYCRR Digital Archive is up and running!

After three years of concerted effort the Appellate Division Law Library, the Charles B. Sears Law Library at the University of Buffalo Law School, and the State Supreme Court Law Library in Buffalo are pleased to announce the "greatest thing since sliced bread" is now available free online.

The New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) is where you would find environmental rules about car emissions or the guidelines for what a stop sign should look like. Like most law, the NYCRR is constantly changing. Although it is easy to find the current version, finding past versions was very difficult. If you needed to know what regulations governed the mortgage you took out in 1991, your only option was to travel to one of the few libraries that kept the old print versions and sift through hundreds of binders until you found what you were looking for. The process could take hours, even days to complete.

This is no longer the case, thanks to the NYCRR Digital Archive. This free online database allows anyone to search through past versions of rules and regulations that were in effect from 1945-2001.

If you need help using the database, please call our reference desk at 585-530-3251.

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