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Through creative services and strategic partnerships, Cornell University Law Library advances excellence in legal scholarship, research, and teaching.


Advancing Excellence

Core Values

  • Deliver outstanding service
  • Embody the Cornell tradition of excellence and innovation
  • Cultivate a supportive, productive, effective, and efficient work environment


Deliver outstanding service

We are committed to anticipating and meeting the needs of library users through:

  • Building relationships at Cornell and beyond to support research and scholarly inquiry
  • Providing access to world class resources and collections, both digitally and in print
  • Supporting and contributing to the educational curricula and mission of Cornell Law School University
  • Promoting and incorporating environmentally sustainable practices
  • Maintaining a welcoming environment conducive to learning and studying

Embody the Cornell tradition of excellence and innovation

We share and reflect the values, goals, and practices that characterize Cornell’s culture of learning and discovery by:

  • Embracing a culture of broad inquiry, “thinking otherwise”, and reexamining assumptions
  • Engaging our users beyond traditional library space
  • Implementing innovative library programs
  • Forming and entering strategic and innovative partnerships

Cultivate a supportive, productive, effective ad efficient work environment

We value our staff and their contributions by:

  • Fostering an environment of transparency, open communication, respect, and collaboration
  • Promoting diversity in staffing and perspectives
  • Encouraging intellectual curiosity, learning, and discovery
  • Engaging all staff in solution-based discussions
  • Recognizing unique strengths and actively supporting career development through training and growth opportunities

– January 2014