The Arthur W. Diamond Law Library offers researchers one of the finest collections of rare legal materials in the country. The Law Library's Special Collections contains more than 30,000 volumes and 1,500 linear feet of papers and manuscripts. Highlights include:
- Earliest printed book: Corpus Iuris Civilis, Digestum Vetus Nuremberg, 1482 [Goff: J-549].
- Latest printed book: Draft Constitution of India New Delhi, 1947 (one of 15 copies printed).
- Earliest manuscript: De legibus et consuetudinibus Angliae libri quinque of Henry de Bracton, mid-13th century.
Materials in Special Collections are available for use by Columbia students, faculty and staff engaged in research. Researchers not affiliated with the university may also use these titles if they cannot be located in other rare book collections.
Many 20th century archival collections previously held by the Law Library have been transferred to Columbia's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Please check the Columbia University Archival Collections Portal to determine whether an individual collection now resides at RBML.
PLEASE NOTE: The Special Collections Librarian will be out of the office March 17 - April 25. For access to Special Collections material during this time, please telephone our Reference Desk at (212) 854-3743 or email the Head of Public Services, Jennifer Wertkin, at email@example.com.
During this time, retrieval of items may take more time and hours of usage may be curtailed. Scholars traveling from outside NYC are encouraged to delay their visit to the Library until May, if at all possible.