Category Archives: Library Info

What’s Hot on the Shelves?

If you are someone who likes to stay up on the latest and greatest, you might be interested in monitoring the Library’s New Book List.  Each month the library publishes a list with its most recent acquisitions.  To access the list, go to the SARA catalog and select the New Book List new-book-list-imageTab.  These titles are not yet on the shelf.  If you would like to check one out, you can stop by the reference desk or email Spencer Province (  He will place it on the circulation hold desk for you to check out.

A few of the latest titles for the month of November include:

Denise A. Hannigan, “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People”: And Other Myths About Guns and Gun Control” (2016).

Jill Norgen, Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would be President (2016).

Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy (2016).

Jordan Fisher Smith, Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature (2016).

Laura Weinrib, The Taming of Free Speech: America’s Civil Liberties Compromise (2016).

UPDATE: LexisNexis Digital Library Training Webinar & Live Session

lexisnexis-digital-libraryThe BLS Library is offering a webinar and a live training session to introduce students & faculty to the LexisNexis Digital Library.  As described in Reference Librarian Rosemary Campagna’s blog of October 15, 2016, the Library recently acquired a subscription to the LexisNexis Digital Library which gives students access to treatises, practice guides, and study aids in eBook format.

In order to formally introduce students and faculty to this important new resource, the Library is offering both a webinar and a live training session for the LexisNexis Digital Library.  Both sessions will cover the following topics:

  • How to access (both on-campus and off-campus)
  • Our library’s collection
  • Tools and functionality
  • Locating a title/volumes
  • Borrowing volumes
  • Bookmarks/highlights/annotations
  • Archives
  • Linking on-line research with “print” research
  • Recent and forthcoming enhancements

These sixty minute sessions will be offered on the following dates/times:


WEBINAR:  Monday, November 7, 2016, 4:00PM-5:00PM.

The instructor for both training sessions is Damian A. Burns, LexisNexis Digital & Print Sales Engineer,

Please follow this link at the time of the November 7th webinar to participate:



BLS Library Databases Research Fair: September 29, 2016

fair-balloonsThe Fifth Annual Library Databases Research Fair will be held on Thursday, September 29th, 2016.  The Fair will be held in the Student Lounge from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

Representatives from the following legal research companies will be here to demonstrate their databases:

  • Bloomberg Law
  • Ebsco
  • Fastcase
  • Lexis Digital
  • Lexis Nexis
  • ProQuest
  • Westlaw
  • Wolters Kluwer
  • The Library will showcase our E-Book Collection
  • Brochures/Pens/Post-Its provided by Hein Online

Come and learn how these databases will help you with your legal research.

There will be handouts, light refreshments, and a raffle drawing for gift cards.

Save the date:  Thursday, September 29th, 2016, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Student Lounge.

Library Hours & Study Room Reservations: April 27 – May 15

exam timeLibrary hours for the reading and exam period, April 27th – May 12th, are 8:00am – 2:00am.  The circulation desk will close at 12 Midnight every night during this period.

On Friday, May 13th the Library will be open  8:00am – 10:00pm.

During the reading and exam period study room reservations are mandatory.  All study rooms will be locked beginning at 8:00am on Wednesday, April 27th and students must go to the circulation desk at the time of their reservation to pick up the key to the room.  Please remember the following about the use of the study rooms during the reading/exam period:

  • Study rooms are for the use of groups of two or more students.
  • Study rooms may be reserved for the current day and three days ahead.
  • Study room reservations may be made in time slots of 60 minutes.
  • Students may book up to 4 time slots per day.
  • The link to the study room reservations is on the library homepage under “Related Links.”

Please note that the Library will be open 9:00am – 12Midnight on Saturday & Sunday, May 14th & 15th for the Writing Competition weekend.

Good Luck on Your Exams & Have a Great Summer!


The BLS Library Celebrates National Library Week

National Lib. Wk.National Library Week is a national observance sponsored every April by the American Library Association.  National Library Week was first begun in 1958 and its goal is to promote and support library use throughout the country.  Libraries, whether academic, public, school or special, celebrate this week each year.

Here at the Brooklyn Law School Library we are having a “National Library Week Quiz” from Monday through Thursday, April 11 -14. The quiz contains ten short questions about the library.  You can pick up a copy of the quiz at the first floor reference desk, fill in the answers on the quiz sheet, and then return the quiz to the “answer bowl” at the reference desk.  You have until 12:00 Midnight on Thursday, April 14th to return the answer sheet.  The winner will be drawn from those sheets with the correct answers. The winner will be announced and notified on Friday, April 15th.  The lucky person will receive a $25.00 gift card.

Since everyone can’t be a winner, Monday through Thursday afternoons of this week we’ll put a bowl of chocolates at the circulation desk.  Help yourself to some candy!


Spring Break Hours: March 19 – 27, 2016

Spring-BreakThe Library hours for the BLS spring recess are:

Saturday, March 19:  9am – 10pm

Sunday, March 20:  10am – 10pm

Monday – Friday, March 21 – 25:  9am – 10pm

Saturday, March 26:  9am – 10pm

Sunday, March 27:  10am – 12am

For future Library hours, be sure to check our daily calendar which can be found on the Library homepage, in the lower right corner.

Enjoy your spring break!

Learn About Library E-Books on Thursday, March 10, 12:30-2pm, 1st fl. Library

ebookslaptop2The Library has hundreds of electronic books (E-Books) available in our collection.  They are on a wealth of law-related topics and are accessible through SARA, the library’s online catalog.  If you would like to learn how to find them, see examples of what we have and learn how to view or download them, please stop by the table on the first floor of the Library on Thursday, March 10th, 2016.  We will be there from 12:30pm to 2:00pm.  There will be e-book pens and chocolate candy for all those who stop by for a  demonstration.   See you there!

BLS Library Pre-Oscar Movie Night

OscarDuring the week leading up to Oscar Night 2016, the Brooklyn Law School Library will host a Pre-Oscar Movie Night. The event showcases the Prof. Robert Pitler movie collection of more than 1500 DVDs. Click on the link to see the complete list of titles. The collection is located in the Student Lounge on the First Mezzanine level of the library. BLS Library users are encouraged to borrow items from the collection to view either at home or in the Library Audio-Visual Room on the first floor.

The BLS Library Pre-Oscar night will take place on Wednesday, February 24 at 8pm in the Student Lounge on the first floor of the BLS Law School. From today until February 19, BLS students, staff and faculty can vote for the film they want to see. Ballots are located at the reference desk. Stop by to vote and help decide which film to see.

From the Oscar contenders in the BLS Library collection, the nominees are:

The winning title will be announced in advance of the Pre-Oscar Movie Night. Before the screening of the film, Prof. Lawrence Fleischer will give a brief talk about the late Prof. Robert Pitler. Refreshments will be served.

Welcome Back – Spring 2016 Semester!

Welcome back to your Spring 2016 Semester at BLS.

The first day of classes is Tuesday, January 19th.

Here are the library’s hours from January 19th  –

Monday – Thursday            8am-12pm
Friday                                    8am-10pm
Saturday                               9am-10pm
Sunday                                 10am-12pm

On Monday, January 18th, Martin Luther King Day, the library will be open from 9am-10pm.

On Monday, February 15th, Presidents Day, the library will be open from 9am-10pm.

For additional information on library hours, see library hours.

Return Your Library Books Before the Break

Attention all students! Remember to return your library books on or before Tuesday, December 22, 2015. It is the due date for all semester loans. If you do not turn in your books on or before December 22, you will incur fines. If you are unsure whether or not you have items checked out to you or if you have incurred any fines, you can log into your library account from the SARA catalog. You log into your account with your BLS credentials (first name.last name and your BLS password). Once logged in, you can see the items currently checked out to you, along with the items’ due dates. If you would like, you can renew any overdue item. You can also view your complete fine history, including outstanding fines and fines paid. Finally, you can review and update your personal information the library has on file, including your mailing address, phone numbers, and email address.