About the Charles B. Sears Law Library
Named for the Honorable Charles Brown Sears, the Law Library occupies six floors in the center of the Law School. Our services and research collections are carefully tailored to meet the research instruction needs of SUNY Buffalo Law's students. Our beautiful facility, often referred to as “the heart of the Law School,” provides a comfortable, modern setting that is very conducive to the study of law.
Our library’s fine collection of more than 600,000 volumes and microform equivalents plus a wide array of online resources in legal and cross-discliplinary subjects is augmented by convenient access to the university’s three-million-volume research collection. When research material is not available on campus, SUNY Buffalo Law students are encouraged to use our extensive and efficient interlibrary loan network. The library’s instructional technology resources include a state-of-the-art computer classroom, thirty-three networked computer workstations offering a variety of software, numerous laptop connections, and extensive audiovisual curricular support.
Our law-trained librarians answer reference questions, suggest research strategies, help students locate hard-to-find research material, and teach students how to use the online catalog, the Internet, CD-ROMs, Westlaw, and LEXIS-NEXIS, as well as how to perform traditional legal research. With the help of our Koren Audio-Visual Center staff, first-year students videotape practice presentations in order to perfect their oral advocacy skills for the Research and Writing course. The Koren A-V Center also makes available an unusually rich collection of audio and video tapes, which are in high demand for both course review and curriculum enrichment.
With its dedicated staff, outstanding research resources, comfortable carrels and conference rooms, and state-of-the-art computing resources, the Law Library is well positioned to help law students successfully create research projects that utilize the best of electronic and traditional research.
Contact info:Charles B. Sears Law Library
State University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-1110
Phone NumbersCirculation Desk: (716) 645-6765
Acquisitions Dept: (716) 645-2204
Audio-Visual Dept: (716) 645-2045
Cataloging Dept: (716) 645-2384
Director's Office: (716) 645-2089
Interlibrary Loan: (716) 645-6765
Passport Services: (716) 645-2204
Reference Desk: (716) 645-2047
Fax: (716) 645-3860
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