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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 instruction needs of the University at Buffalo School of 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, UB School of 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, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law, 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.


  • 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.