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Bay Area Law School Libraries

The Bay Area is peppered with law schools, and the ability of non-students to access their libraries varies.  Check below to determine whether access is available.  Some law school libraries extend borrowing privileges to California attorneys or law firms for a fee.

Hastings College of the Law Library

Golden Gate University School of Law Library

University of San Francisco Dorraine  Zief Library

UCB Boalt Hall School of Law McEnerney Law Library

Santa Clara University Heafey Law Library

Stanford University Robert Crown Law Library

 

Hastings College of the Law Library

 

400 McAllister St. 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102

General Information: (415) 565-4750

Reference Desk: (415) 565-4751

Website: http://library.uchastings.edu/library/index.html

Catalog: http://library.uchastings.edu/catalogs/index.php

 

Access to Library:

Access Policy: http://library.uchastings.edu/about/policies/access.php

  • Effective September 15, 2012, closed to the public except for those with a demonstrated need to access to the Federal Depository Collection.  Hastings is a Selective Depository for United States government documents and recommends the collection of the SFPL's Government Information Center.
  • Open to Hastings alumni whenever it is open.  Obtain a visitor pass after presenting ID. 
  • Open to members of the California Bar whenever it is open, except for during exam periods.  Obtain a visitor pass after presenting ID. 
  • Open to law students from other schools whenever it is open, except for during exam periods..  Obtain a visitor pass after presenting ID.
  • UCSF students and faculty may use the library whenever it is open, except for during exam periods.  Obtain a visitor pass after presenting ID.

Borrowing Privileges:

  • Borrowing privileges are available to Hastings alumni, active members of the California Bar, and qualified law firms.  A refundable deposit is required.
  • Government agency libraries with a librarian within the San Francisco Civic Center may borrow without a deposit. 
  • For rates, requirements, and more information, see http://library.uchastings.edu/about/policies/borrowing.php.

Access to Computers, Wireless Network, and Study Rooms:

  • Computer labs are reserved for current Hastings students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Several public access computers are available to connect to the catalog and non-fee based electronic legal research databases. 
  • A list of online research databases is available here (please note that each database states whether or not it is restricted to Hastings members only): http://libguides.uchastings.edu/az.php.
  • Wireless access is reserved for current Hastings students, faculty, and staff.  Hastings alumni may contact the Alumni Center to access the Wireless Network.
  • Study rooms are reserved for current Hastings students.

 

Golden Gate University School of Law Library

 

536 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105

General Information: (415) 442-6680

Reference Desk: (415) 442-6692

Website: http://law.ggu.edu/law-library

Catalog: http://library.ggu.edu/

 

Access to Library:

Access Policy: http://law.ggu.edu/law-library/about/

  • Members of the Public may purchase an access-only day pass for $10, or a weekly pass for $45. 
  • The public may access Federal and California depository documents.  The above daily and weekly rates do not apply.  A computer is available near the Reference Desk for Government Documents use.
  • Open to ABA approved law school students, faculty, and administrators with current school ID.
  • Open to judges and court administrators with ID.

Borrowing Privileges:

  • Annual membership is available in three options: Corporate, Individual, and Non-profit Organization.  Membership includes borrowing privileges and other benefits. 
  • Alumni receive a discount on membership fees. 
  • See below for rates, requirements, and more information:
    http://law.ggu.edu/law-library/library-services.

Access to Computers, Wireless Network, and Study Rooms:

  • Computer Labs are reserved for Golden Gate University law students only.
  • Public access computers are provided for catalog access and general internet use, but do not allow printing. 
  • A list of online research databases is available here (please note that electronic databases are reserved for Golden Gate University law students, faculty, and annual members; Westlaw and LexisNexis are for students and faculty only): http://law.ggu.edu/law-library/online-resourcesNote that the public access computers do not allow printing, but search results may be downloaded to a flash drive or emailed.
  • Wireless access is restricted to law students and faculty.
  • Study Rooms are reserved for Golden Gate University law students only.

 

University of San Francisco Dorraine Zief Law Library

 

2101 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94117

General Information: (415) 422-6678

Circulation Desk: (415) 422-6679

Reference Desk: (415) 422-6773

Website: http://www.usfca.edu/law/library/

Catalog: http://ignacio.usfca.edu/search

 

Access to Library:

Access Policy: http://www.usfca.edu/law/library/policies/access/

  • Closed to the general public, with the exception those seeking access to Federal and California depository documents.  It is required to speak with a reference librarian to ensure the library has the documents being sought. Restrictions apply during exams and the Bar preparation period.
  • Open to USF School of Law alumni with a USF School of Law alumni card. Restrictions apply during exams and the Bar preparation period.
  • Open to non-alumni licensed attorneys in good standing with any U.S. state bar who purchase a Special Access Card for $400 per year. Restrictions apply during exams and the Bar preparation period.
  • Open to ABA approved law school students, faculty, and staff with current school ID.  Restrictions apply during exams and the Bar preparation period.
  • Open to non-alumni law school graduates studying for the Bar exam who purchase a Special Access Card for $50 per Bar exam.
  • Open to USF graduate and undergraduate students.  During exam periods, entry is for legal research only.

Borrowing Privileges:

  • Limited to current USF students, faculty, and staff.

Access to Computers, Wireless Network, and Study Rooms:

  • Computer labs are reserved for current USF law students.
  • Temporary, daily access to computers and internet can be obtained at the circulation desk to use online legal research resources.  The computers in front of the reference desk may be used by non-USF law students.
  • Lists of online research databases are available here (please note that each database states whether or not it is restricted to USF members only): http://www.usfca.edu/law/library/research/resources/.
  • Wireless access is reserved for current USF students, faculty, and staff.
  • Study rooms are reserved for USF law students, faculty, and staff.

University of California, Berkeley Law Library

 

Between Bancroft and College Avenues, 2nd floor, Berkeley, CA 94720.

General Information: (510) 642-4044

Reference Desk: (510) 642-0900

Patron Services: (510) 642-0621

Website: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library.htm

Catalog: http://lawcat.berkeley.edu/

 

Access to the Library:

Access Policy: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library/access.html

  • Open to the Public for legal research and access to Federal Depository materials.

Borrowing Privileges:

  • Limited to Boalt Hall law students and UCB faculty.
  • UCB graduate students may register for a special privileges card.

Access to Computers and Wireless Network:

  • Computer labs are reserved for Boalt Hall law students.
  • 10 public computers are available to browse the catalog and to access library databases and online legal research materials.  There is no general access to the internet.  Word processing is not available, but information may be saved to a USB key, printed, or emailed if the particular database features this function.  A 15 minute limit is imposed if other patrons are waiting.
  • A list of online research databases is available here (please note that each database states whether or not it is restricted to UCB members only): http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library/dynamic/online.php?node=online#indexH.
  • Wireless access is reserved for those with a CalNet ID and password.

Santa Clara University Heafey Law Library

 

500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053

Circulation Desk: (408) 554-4072

Reference Desk: (408) 554-4452

Website: http://law.scu.edu/library/index.cfm

Catalog: http://sculib.scu.edu/

 

Access to the Library:

Access Policy: http://law.scu.edu/library/policies.cfm

  • Closed to the Public.
  • Attorneys licensed in any state and in good standing may purchase a Courtesy Card on either a yearly basis, which includes borrowing privileges, or on a monthly basis, which provides access only.  For rates, requirements, and more information, see http://law.scu.edu/library/policies.cfm.
  • Santa Clara Law School alumni may request free access for two years following graduation, and then obtain a Courtesy Card.
  • Open to law students from other Jesuit law schools with current school ID, except during exams.
  • Special arrangements can be made for librarians and faculty from other schools.

Borrowing Privileges:

Access to Computers, Wireless Network, and Conference Rooms:

  • Computer labs are reserved for current Santa Clara University law students.
  • Several computers are available for non-SCU law students to access the library catalog and use non fee-based legal research databases.  Word processing is not available.
  • A list of online research databases is available here (please note that each database states whether or not it is restricted to SCU law members only): http://law.scu.edu/library/electronic-resources.
  • Wireless access is reserved for current SCU students, faculty, and staff.
  • Conference rooms are reserved for current SCU law students and SCU law graduates studying for the next Bar examination after their graduation date.  SCU professors of Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing have limited use.

Stanford University Robert Crown Law Library

 

559 Nathan Abbott Way,  Stanford, CA 94305

General Information: (650) 723-2477

Reference Desk: (650) 725-0800

Website: http://www.law.stanford.edu/library/

Catalog: http://searchworks.stanford.edu/

 

Access to the Library:

Access Policy: http://www.law.stanford.edu/library/access/

  • Closed to the Public.
  • Attorneys licensed in any state may purchase access on either a yearly basis, which includes borrowing privileges, or on a monthly basis, which provides access only.  For contact information and a link to the Registration Form, see http://www.law.stanford.edu/library/access/.
  • Open to Stanford Law alumni.

Borrowing Privileges:

  • Attorneys licensed in any state may purchase a yearly library card, which includes borrowing privileges.  See below for contact information and a link to the Registration Form. http://www.law.stanford.edu/library/access/
  • Stanford law alumni may borrow materials at no cost.

Access to Computers, Wireless Network, and Conference Rooms:

  • Computer labs are reserved for current Stanford law students, faculty, and staff.
  • Wireless access is available by requesting the password from the Reference Desk.
  • Two computers are available to access the library catalog.  There is an additional computer for researching federal depository documents.  Note that the library does not provide any other computers for use by non-current Stanford law students, faculty, and staff.  Bring a laptop and obtain a wireless password to conduct electronic legal research.
  • A list of online research databases is available here (please note that each database states whether or not it is restricted to Stanford University or Stanford law members only): http://www.law.stanford.edu/organizations/offices/robert-crown-law-library/legal-databases
  • Conference rooms are reserved for current Stanford law students, faculty, and staff.

 

Last updated: 12/9/2014 1:19:05 PM