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International & Foreign Law Collection
Library of Congress Classification System
New York Materials
The Law Library occupies three floors of the Gerber Glass Building. The first floor contains administrative offices, Circulation, a computer lab, and the entrance to the five levels of stacks. The second floor contains open study space, study rooms, and staff offices. The third floor contains an open study area, study space in the Library Problem Room, and the computer training lab. Most materials are classified according to the Library of Congress classification scheme, although some government documents are cataloged under the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) classification system.
The materials are arranged on five stack levels: stack levels 4 and 5 contain United States treatises; stack level 3 contains federal cases, statutes and regulations, the National Reporter System (covering the United States), and New York State materials; stack level 2 contains international, foreign, and comparative law; and stack level 1 contains materials for all states (except New York), laws of cities and territories, microforms, uncataloged government publications, periodical indexes, and interdisciplinary monographs assigned to Library of Congress classification A through H. The ten most recent years of law reviews are shelved in the compact shelving located on stack level 1. Older law reviews are stored in on-campus storage. Many British materials are stored off-site. Older editions of certain reference titles, including Martindale-Hubbell, are also stored off-site. The Library staff regularly requests materials from the off-site storage facility. Please ask for an Off-Site Retrieval Form at the Circulation Desk, and return the completed form to the staff member at the desk.
The main floor is the third stack level. It contains federal statutes and regulations, case-finding tools (digests, annotated reports and citators), newly received monographs, New York State materials, and the reference collection.
The ground floor is the first stack level. It contains federal depository materials and the Law Library's extensive microform collection. Reader/printers for the microforms are located here also.
Reserve materials including hornbooks, nutshells, audiotapes, videotapes, and class reserves are kept behind the Circulation Desk. Also kept behind the Circulation Desk are CD-ROMs that accompany print materials..
The Library's growing audiovisual collection is housed behind the Circulation Desk. Included in the collection are audiotape study review tapes, audiotapes and videotapes of Pace Center for Continuing Legal Education programs, audiotapes and videotapes of lectures given at the Law School, and commercial audiotapes and videotapes purchased to support the curriculum.
Federal case-finding materials are located on the third stack level. The collection includes the following materials: USCA, USCS, the Federal Digests, the American Law Reports Federal series, the Code of Federal Regulations Index, and the Code of Federal Regulations List of Sections Affected.
The state case-finding collection includes: state digests and the regional digests, the American Law Reports series, and the Decennial Digest, American Jurisprudence 2d and Corpus Juris Secundum, and Words and Phrases.
The Law Library is particularly proud of its collection of environmental law materials, which is integrated into the general library collection, and located on stack levels 4 and 5. We subscribe to many looseleaf services, databases, and court and agency decisions. We also purchase many treatises and specialized monographs in the field, and subscribe to several databases on environmental law. Treatises on international environmental law are shelved on stack level 2.
Exams released by the faculty are accessible on the Law Library TWEN site.
The Law Library was designated a federal depository in 1978. The library has elected to receive approximately 16% of the items available through the depository program. The collection includes congressional, executive, and administrative primary legal materials and secondary materials relating to areas of curricular interest, including the environment and health. Many depository documents are shelved according to Library of Congress call numbers in the main collection. Some are shelved according to the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) classification scheme in the documents stacks. Even more depository documents are published in microfiche and are located in the microform collection on stack level 1, arranged in SuDocs order. The library owns many indexes to congressional publications and other federal publications.
Members of the public are welcome to use the depository materials whenever a reference librarian is on duty.
Digital federal documents are cataloged and available through the online catalog. Some federal documents are not cataloged. Please consult the Documents Reference Librarian or any Reference Librarian for assistance in locating material.
The Law Library's international and foreign legal materials are shelved on stack level 2 according to the Library of Congress classification schedules: JZ (International Organizations); KZ (International Law); K (Comparative Law); and KA-KE, KG-KX (Foreign law by country).
The collection includes treaties, publications of international organizations, selected foreign statutes and court reports, treatises, and several databases dealing with international law. Areas of particular strength include treaties, the laws of England, international environmental law, and international sales law. International Legal Materials is shelved on stack level 2. Law reviews dealing with international subjects are shelved in the main periodical collection located on stack level 1. Official British case reporters are shelved off-site. Please ask for an Off-Site Retrieval Form at the Circulation Desk.
Most library materials are classified according to the Library of Congress classification system, which uses a primary breakdown for law materials by country and state and a secondary breakdown within jurisdictions by subject. Many monographs and treatises are located on stack levels 4 and 5. Call numbers can be obtained through the online catalog.
Microfiche and microfilm holdings comprise well over 40% of the Law Library's collection. Microforms are stored in large filing cabinets on stack level 1, and a microform reader/scanner is on that level as well.
Guides and finding tools for microforms are located in the area.
Major microform holdings include:
- Code of Federal Regulations: 1939 to present
- Congressional Bills: 1979 to present
- Congressional Information Service (CIS) (Congressional Serial Set): 1789-1981
- Congressional reports and documents (Superintendent of Documents): 1979 to present
- Congressional hearings and prints (Superintendent of Documents): 1979 to present
- Federal Register: 1936 to present
- League of Nations Treaty Series: 1920 to 1946
- Los Angeles Daily Journal: January 1980 to present
- New York Court of Appeals Records and Briefs: 1 NY 2d to present
- New York Law Journal: 1957 to present
- New York Legislative Bill Jackets: 1975 to 1997
- New York Legislative Documents: 1919 to 1975
- New York State Session Laws: 1777 to present
- New York Times: 1862, 1900-1982
- State Attorneys General Opinions:(earliest available) to present
- State session laws: Historical to present
- United Nations Official Records
- United Nations Treaty Series
- United States Code: 1926 to 1964
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Records & Briefs: 1974 to present
- United States Supreme Court Records & Briefs: 1930 to present
Most of the materials for New York State are shelved on stack level 3, arranged basically as follows: statutes, court reports, treatises. New York case-finding materials and McKinney's Forms are located on stack level 3 as well. This collection includes the following materials: McKinney's and CLS, and all New York digests and encyclopedias. A second set of McKinney's is located at the Circulation Desk.
The Legislative Documents Series and the New York Court of Appeals records and briefs are part of the microform collection.
The Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR) are on reserve at the Circulation Desk.
The most recent ten years of periodicals are shelved on stack level 1, with periodicals published before then stored off-site. Selected early or important modern law reviews and current bar journals are also in the microform collection. Periodical indexes are shelved near the periodicals on stack level 1. These legal periodical databases are available to current Pace University students, faculty, and staff:
- Legal Source, includes full text of 870 legal periodical and newspapers;
- Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, a multilingual index to articles published worldwide beginning in 1985;
- Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective indexes law reviews, journals, and newsletters from 1908-1981;
- HeinOnline contains the full text of many law reviews back to volume 1.
Periodicals are listed in the catalog. Check the Pace online catalog for current holdings.
All federal primary sources in hard copy are located on the main floor (stack level 3). The classification scheme arranges the major sets in the following order: congressional journals, U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News, U.S. Code, U.S. Code Annotated, U.S. Code Service, the Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Register, U.S. Reports, Federal Reporter, Federal Supplement, Federal Rules Decisions, National Reporter System. The main floor also contains the older units of the American Digest System, American Law Reports and the Statutes at Large.
The reference collection is located near the Reference Desk on stack level 3. Many refrence materials, such as dictionaries, are shelved in the stacks.
The reserve collection is shelved behind the Circulation Desk. The permanent reserve collection contains hornbooks, nutshells, popular treatises, newspapers, McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York Annotated, the NYCRR, the New York City Charter and Code, and the Rules of the City of New York. Course reserve materials consist of books and photocopies requested by a professor for a particular course. Also kept at the Circulation Desk are CD-ROMs, DVDs, and diskettes, some of which accompany print materials in the collection.
The Pace Law Library has several special collections of materials.
- The William L. Butcher International Business Law Collection. The original Butcher Fund was used to purchase materials in the international business law area and subsequent funds were allocated by the University to maintain the collection. It includes books, microforms, periodicals and other materials on commercial law; international agreements, national constitutions, statutes and tax laws, transnational agreements, and other subjects affecting international trade. All Butcher materials are integrated into the general library collection.
- The Law Library maintains a collection of writings of the faculty of the Pace University School of Law. Permanent exhibits of faculty writings are in the Glass Building near the library entrance and on the first floor of the Classroom Building. Many faculty articles are archived in the Pace Law School Digital Commons.
- Collection given in honor of Joan D. Laufer, J.D. 1979. This collection of biographies, which is integrated into the general library collection, was given by family and friends to honor Joan D. Laufer, a Pace University School of Law graduate and vice president, First Board of Governors, School of Law Alumni Association.
- A small collection of rare books is stored off-site. They may be requested at the Circulation Desk and consulted under the supervision of a Reference Librarian.
- Law in Film Collection. This collection of law-themed DVDs and videotapes is available on the main level of the Library in the lounge.
Materials for all states except New York are arranged alphabetically by state on stack level 1 with call numbers KFA-KFW. Following the states are materials for cities, with call numbers KFX-KFZ, and materials for the territories of the United States are shelved on stack level 1. Within each jurisdiction the materials are subarranged as follows: statutes, court reports, digests, treatises. Note that many titles for state materials are in microform and are located in the microform collection on the ground floor (stack level 1).
The National Reporter System, an unofficial series of state court reports, is located on stack level 3 with the federal materials.
The Law Library's tax collection is extensive and consists of looseleaf services, court decisions, Internal Revenue Service publications and treatises. The collection is integrated into the general library collection, and located on stack level 5.
The Library also subscribes to several databases that offer comprehensive coverage of tax material.