​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Julien and Virginia Cornell Library at Vermont Law is a rich resource for students and faculty. Overlooking the White River, the 35,000-square-foot library houses our collections and provides a variety of study spaces across four floors, including a highly specialized environmental law collection and the Environmental Reading Room in the library’s loft. We are also fortunate to have a knowledgeable, service-oriented, and friendly staff at the Julien and Virginia Cornell Library.

The library’s collection is searchable via JULIEN​, our online library catalog.  In addition, students, faculty and staff have access to the following:

  • More than 400,000 volumes including 166,000 e-books;

  • LexisAdvance, WestlawNext and Bloomberg Law; and

  • More than 70 specialized research databases such as Greenwire, ChinaLawInfo & JSTOR

In addition to traditional library services such as reference help and interlibrary loan, the library also offers a variety of services, including one-on-one research consultation; group study rooms for collaborative learning; stand-up desks; happy lights; and final exam support including candy bowls and therapy dogs.

Librarians teach Introduction to Legal Research to incoming students. Students interested in further developing their research skills can enroll in specialized Advanced Legal Research courses and can apply to work as Library Faculty Research Assistants.

This library is also a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code.)

On behalf of all of us in the Cornell Library, we look forward to welcoming you!

For full library resources and services, please go to the Library P​​ortal site.

Contact the Library

Call us at the information desk:
802-831-1408 (fax)

​Research Questions and Reference:



General Library Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8AM – Midnight
Friday: 8AM – 10PM
Saturday: 9AM – 10PM
Sunday: 9AM – Midnight

​Hours may vary during exams and holiday periods. Please check the library blog for details.


  • Lisa Donadio, ILS Administrator, (802) 831-1442, ldonadio@vermontlaw.edu

  • Jane Howe, Acquisitions Assistant and Stacks Coordinator, (802) 831-1447, jhowe@vermontlaw.edu

  • Michele LaRose, Access Services & Interlibrary Loan Librarian, (802) 831-1403, mlarose@vermontlaw.edu

  • Cynthia Lewis, Library Director & Assistant Professor of Law, (802) 831-1444, clewis@vermontlaw.edu

  • Rhonda Murphy, Access Services & Serials Specialist, (802) 831-1414, rmurphy@vermontlaw.edu

  • Christine Ryan, Environmental Law Librarian & Adjunct Professor of Law, (802) 831-​1448, cryan@vermontlaw.edu

  • Beth Sullivan, Serials & Access Services Supervisor, (802) 831-1463, bsullivan@vermontlaw.edu

  • Jane Woldow, Associate Library Director & Adjunct Professor of Law, (802) 831-1449, jwoldow@vermontlaw.edu​

  • Chenfang Yang, Electronic Resources & Technology Librarian, (802) 831-1445, cyang@vermontlaw.edu

  • Carl Yirka, Library Director Emeritus & Professor of Law, (802) 831-1443, cyirka@vermontlaw.edu

​Julien and Virginia Cornell Library