Welcome from the Library Director

On behalf of the entire staff of the Mendik Library, I want to extend my welcome and congratulations to the entering classes of 2009/10.  You are about to begin a challenging and exciting journey, and the library staff is ready and available to assist you in achieving the maximum benefits from your law school career.

You are entering NYLS at a special time for us:  By the time you graduate we will have moved into the new building (which includes a new Library) currently under construction.  This means that you will have the benefit of two “new” libraries—our temporary space on the 4th, 7th and 14th floors of 40 Worth St, and our permanent home on West Broadway.  But even though we are not yet in our permanent quarters, you should be assured that you are already getting the benefit of an outstanding library collection, package of services, and library staff.

Our large collection and extensive list of services are described in great deal on our web pages and numerous handouts.  What you might not realize from these publications is the outstanding quality of each and every person on the staff of the Mendik Library, and why that is important to you.  Our staff of 24 includes twelve professionals with master’s degrees, eight of whom also have J.D. degrees from law schools both in the region and around the country.  They all have many years of experience working in law libraries and most have also been at New York Law School for a number of years.  They can all help you with your library and research needs, of course, but their value to you goes far beyond that.  Do not hesitate to ask anyone your questions about the law school, particular courses, or any of the extracurricular activities available.  Someone will help you, or be able to direct you to the best person to give you the help you need.

For most law students, the law library quickly becomes one of the constant features of their lives.  You will soon find your favorite place to study, and will begin to recognize staff members and learn names.  And we look forward to meeting you.

We all realize that law school is a new experience for each of you, and we are committed to making that experience as positive as we can.


Prof. Joyce Saltalamachia
Library Director