On November 17, 1938, 45 librarians met at the Cortile restaurant on West 43rd Street in New York City to form the Law Library Association of Greater New York. The purpose of the Association was to "assist in the professional standing of law librarians." It was to include librarians in New York County, as well as the adjoining counties in New York and New Jersey. By the time the first membership directory was published in 1939, the membership had grown to 59. Today LLAGNY has over 600 members, 70% of whom work in private law libraries. LLAGNY became incorporated as a non-profit organization in New York State on August 24, 1987.

LLAGNY members may join a number of committees, including: Corporate Sponsorship, Diversity & Inclusion, Education, Government Relations, Grants & Scholarships, Law Lines, Membership, Nominations, Outreach, Placement, Special Events, Technology, and Volunteers. Frequency of meetings for committees is at the discretion of the Chair of the committee. Generally, Committee Chairs are appointed by the President. Each committee is given a LLAGNY Board member who acts as a liaison between the committee and the Board of Directors.

Our educational programs are primarily held in the evenings. Recent programs included: "Billie Holiday's Legacy Walks the Halls of 55 Fifth" and "Preserving the Law: the Past & Future of Legal Preservation". Additional activities include a monthly Book Club, a monthly Graphic Novel Club, and the annual Spring Fling and Sponsor Showcase.

LLAGNY also hosts an annual Holiday party, and the Annual Association dinner in June.

The LLAGNY Board meets monthly to discuss the business that has come before the Association. The Board consists of the President, Vice President/President-Elect, Immediate Past President, five Directors, Treasurer, Secretary, and the newsletter Editor (in a non-voting capacity). Each position is a one year term, with the exception of the Secretary and Treasurer, who serve for two (2) years. The newsletter Editor is an appointed position.

LLAGNY has published four different newsletters throughout the years. The first was called The Information Bulletin. Following the Bulletin was The Legist. Legist II appeared in 1963, and finally in 1976 our current publication, Law Lines, made its debut. Law Lines is now published bimonthly, and is paid for by LLAGNY. We do seek advertising from publishers and vendors to help defray the costs. We accept top banner ads.  Please click here for details:

Last updated: Dec. 7, 2021