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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 and instruction needs of the University at Buffalo School of Law community. 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 470,000 volumes plus a wide array of online resources in legal and cross-disciplinary subjects, is augmented by convenient access to the university’s research collection and our extensive and efficient interlibrary loan network.

Our law-trained librarians answer reference questions, suggest research strategies, help students locate hard-to-find research material, and teach students how to perform legal research in all formats. The librarians not only train students on finding materials, they also teach students analytical skills needed to find sources, evaluate them, and use them to best effect in legal work. They provide crucial research services to faculty and scholars across the country and continue to serve alumni well after graduation.

With its dedicated staff, outstanding resources and services, comfortable carrels, and conference rooms, the Law Library is well positioned to support student success.

  • Charles B. Sears

  • Employment

    The State University of New York at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. No person in whatever relationship with the State University of New York at Buffalo, shall be subject to discrimination on the basis of age, creed, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status.

  • Staff Directory

    A listing of the all Law Library Staff.

  • Law Library News

  • Policies

    Law Library Policies and Procedures.

  • JD/MS Program

    The program in Legal Information Management and Analysis offers qualified students the opportunity to combine studies and professional training in law and library and information studies.

Law Library Mission Statement

The Law Library's primary mission is to support the research and educational needs of the University at Buffalo School of Law community. In addition, as the only research level law library in Western New York, it is an important community resource. Within the limits of its resources, it strives to serve the legal information needs of the University community, the practicing bar, and the public at large.

The Law Library is committed to building and maintaining a hybrid collection that includes a balance of electronic, print, and other non-print material, and to providing expert research assistance and information access services that promote the effective use of the library's resources by its users, whether within the physical environs of the Law Library building or in remote locations.