Borrowing privileges are extended to members of the State Bar in good standing with offices or residences in the San Francisco; judges of courts situated within the City and County of San Francisco; and authorized representatives from municipal, state, and federal agencies in San Francisco. Members of the public are welcome to use and copy materials within the Library. See our Attorney Resources/Library Card page for more information about obtaining a library card.
Circulation Periods, Holds and Renewals
Most of the Law Library’s materials circulate to authorized borrowers for one or two weeks, with renewal periods possible.
To check the circulation status of any text, go to the online catalog and enter the title. If the search results show that the book is Available, that text is available for loan. If it is already checked out, you may ask a reference librarian to place a Hold on that material, so that you will be notified as soon as the book is returned. Borrowing periods for circulating materials are for either one or two weeks, and may also be renewed if no Holds have been placed on the record.
Renewals may be requested by phone, or online, through the Library's catalog. Reference staff can answer questions about the circulating status of Library materials.
To renew online, start at the Law Library Catalog. When that page resolves, click again, directly under the picture, for My Library Account. To log-in, patrons will need to enter their last name and barcode as printed on their Law Library card. After logging in, patrons may also elect to keep a Reading History of materials checked out, for future reference. To do this, select Reading History [a very small icon to the right], and then click Opt IN [small icon to the left.]