What to do when your law firm library lacks the resource you need

On February 17th, PacerPro hosted a panelist discussion with Jean O’Grady, head librarian at DLA Piper, Lucy Curci-Gonzalez, executive director at NYLI, Gavin McGrane, CEO and co-founder of PacerPro, and Robert Dessau, CEO and founder of voxgov.

Below find an excerpt regarding New York Law Institute.

Lucy Curci-Gonzalez kicked us off with a general background overview of NYLI.

The New York Law Institute is much more than a lending library – it is a full information services organization, offering members materials in various formats, including 24/7 availability of electronic databases.

As the oldest circulating law library in New York City, the New York Law Institute (NYLI) has an impressive collection of current, unique, historical and hard-to-find materials. Membership, which is available nationwide,  provides access to significant print resources enhanced by remote access to an array of online databases, including nearly 100,000 eBooks.

Use Case 1:
Accessing hearings, congressional records and other materials relevant to legislative intent – particularly older materials that may not otherwise be available on government sites.

NYLI ProQuest access.

ProQuest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional) provides access to a searchable and constantly expanding collection of materials produced by and for the U.S. Congress, such as: Public Laws, Senate/House Bills, Committee Reports, Committee Hearings, Congressional Record (daily and annual), Congressional Research Service Reports, ProQuest/CIS Legislative Histories.

More information available at: http://www.nyli.org/electronic-resources/proquest-congressional/

Use case 2: 

You need help with a specific search or access to specific content, such as:

  • You need access to a Lexis cite, but you only have a Westlaw subscription.
  • You need expert witness information.
  • You need non-legal materials, such as a treatise on HR policies, for your labor practice or a scientific paper.
  • You need titles from Mathew Bender or the American Bar Association.


Join NYLI and either search NYLI’s online or print resources or contact one of their expert librarians.