the Association was incorporated on April 21, 1908, one of its primary purposes
was the creation of a law library that would be accessible to all those
individuals fortunate enough to pass the bar. The Library Committee recognized,
even then, the need for a complete, non-circulating law library. William
Purrington, the first Library Committee Chair, said in his 1913 annual report to
the membership that the Library should be "a toolshop for the average working
lawyer; not a storehouse for the scholar."
Mr. Purrington's words to heart, the New York County Lawyers' Association
Library maintains a collection geared specifically to meet the needs of the
practicing bar. The Library's New York practice collection is one of the finest
on the East Coast.
The combination of a service-oriented, professional staff, convenient hours,
and a focused collection make the New York County Lawyers' Library the right
choice for the practicing attorney.
we live in an information age, information professionals and libraries are even
more critical today than ever before. For this reason, the NYCLA Library
has installed state-of-the art computers and additional ports in its
premises. The Library, as well as the entire building, has wireless
Library serves NYCLA members, members of the bar, judges, students, librarians
and scholars from the U.S. and foreign nations.