In partnership with the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC), the Northern New York Library Network has retained the services of an attorney to offer members timely input on intellectual property, digital rights management, vendor contracts, first amendment, civil rights, employment law, and other legal issues that can impact library operations.

NNYLN member questions sent to the “Ask the Lawyer!” service will be sent to counsel for review.  If you consent to share your question with the public (the input form tells you more about this), a general audience response may be posted on the service’s “Recently Asked Questions,” page.  However, you can also direct that your question not be shared, and any response, including legal advice to NNYLN, WNYLRC, and you, will be confidential.

Please keep in mind: the “Ask the Lawyer!” service is shared with NNYLN and WNYLRC, and is not legal representation of your organization. Always alert officers at your institution if a lawsuit is threatened, or if a matter is so specific or critical that your own institution’s attorney should be involved. And yes–you can always “Ask the Lawyer!,” if you don’t know if a particular issue hits that threshold! Please complete the form to initiate a response.

If you have documentation that would assist the attorney in answering your inquiry, you may upload files at the bottom of the form. Please note that the form cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting.

NNYLN member libraries that would like to make use of this service should fill out this form.

ASK THE LAWYER! maintains Recently Asked Questions (RAQs), which are available here.

Inquiries about this service should be sent to Meg Backus ( or call (315) 265-1119.