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Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and in response to the City & County of San Francisco’s Shelter in Place Order, the San Francisco Law Library is closed until at least June 1, 2020.

The public can access limited library reference services and resources via email to sfll.reference@sfgov.org.

General questions and inquiries can be directed to sflawlibrary@sfgov.org.

Please note: all checked out materials will now be due June 1, 2020 or when the library reopens.

Check this website for updates: https://sflawlibrary.org/.

NEW! full text remote access to Fastcase on our database page provides access to state and federal law documents including federal bankruptcy, tax courts, U.S. Supreme Court, federal district and courts of appeal cases as well as federal and state statutes and regulations.

To access click the above link or go to gateway.fastcase.com and enter user name = SFLawLibrary & password = fastcase

SFLL Resources Available to You From Home - Download PDF Here

Vendor-sponsored database access
(requires user self-registration for limited access):

NEW CEB Online Pro Access:
CEB is offering free patron access for one month to CEB Pro which includes primary law, CEB’s citator, TrueCite™ and access to over 150 of CEB’s practice guides. To sign up for access follow this link: https://research.ceb.com/support/form/countyLibrary
The link will lead to registration and request for access. (Enter State Bar Number or N/A when registering.)

Lexis https://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/pa-access.page
Westlaw https://legal.thomsonreuters.com/en/forms/try-westlaw
Please note vendor-sponsored resources may have printing/download limitations and restrictions.

Download this free Westlaw patron access user guide

New! Our COVID-19 Libguide links to guides, resources, and help related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis and will be updated as we become aware of new resources.

SFLL Book Drive

Thank you to Althea Kippes, for donating two books from recent Book Drives: Discovery Across the Globe and Formulas for Calculating Damages.

Each quarter we will seek donors to purchase new titles for the Law Library. Here is our Wish List for the Winter season. To donate, please contact sflawlibrary@sfgov.org or call (415) 554-1791.

Complete QDRO Handbook


The Complete QDRO Handbook, 4th ed.
Written by Patricia D. Shewmaker and James Robert Lewis IV
$149.95, ABA, 2019
ISBN: 9781641053587


Discovery across the Globe


Discovery across the Globe: Obtaining Evidence Abroad to Support U.S. Proceedings
Edited by Brett Harrison, Gavin Foggo, and Jorge A. Mestre
$149.95, ABA, 2020
ISBN: 9781641055086



Drones: A Legal Research Guide
Written by Carol A. Fichtelman
$85, William S. Hein & Co., Inc.,2019
ISBN: 9780837741161


Family Law Financial Discovery.


Family Law Financial Discovery 
Written by Roberta B. Bennett et al.
$290, CEB, 2019
ISBN: 9780762613045


HIPAA A Practical Guide to the Privacy and Security of Health Data


HIPAA: A Practical Guide to the Privacy and Security of Health Data, 2nd ed.
Written by June M. Sullivan and Shannon B. Hartsfield
$119.95, ABA, 2020
ISBN: 9781641055727


Negotiation Essentials for Lawyers


Negotiation Essentials for Lawyers
Edited by Andrea Kupfer Schneider and Christopher Honeyman
$99.95, ABA, 2019
ISBN: 9781641054812


Removal Defense


Removal Defense: Defending Immigrants in Immigration Court, 3rd ed.
Written by Erin Quinn and ILRC Staff Attorneys
$225, ILRC, 2020


Sexuality Law.


Sexuality Law, 3rd ed.
Written by Arthur S. Leonard and Patricia A. Cain
$140, Carolina Academic Press, 2019
ISBN: 9781611632361


The Waivers Book


The Waivers Book, 3rd ed. 
Edited by Ruth Lozano McChesney and Sarah K. Redzic
$279, AILA, 2019
ISBN: 9781573704373




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New! Podcast

Do you have a right to a jury in a civil action in California Courts?
Presented by John R. Wierzbicki, Co-Director, Witkin Legal Institute, Recorded May 4, 2020
***Listen Here***
***Download Materials Here***
This is part one in a series on juries. More are coming soon. Stream more programs through our speakers page.

Staff Picks

Here's a snapshot of some of the things that have been entertaining our staff while we WFH:

I've been watching the 10-part Michael Jordan documentary, The Last Dance, on ESPN. It gives a fascinating inside account of Jordan's career in the context of his last season with the Bulls. As a one-time Lakers fan (now Warriors), I was rooting against the Bulls this whole time, but appreciated how great Jordan was.  I remember a lot of what they discuss in the documentary, so it has a nostalgic appeal as well. There are two one-hour episodes per week. - Aaron

The San Francisco Ballet is streaming a different ballet each week, with a new piece uploaded each Friday. Many are from the company's popular Unbound Festival from the 2018 season, where 12 cutting-edge choreographers created 12 new contemporary works. This week's offering, The Infinite Ocean, is one of my favorites. The SF Ballet had to cancel 60% of their season, and they welcome donations. - Andrea

As a huge fan of live music, I’m really missing going to shows and dancing with friends, but many artists are live streaming music from their own living rooms. If you’d like to roll up your rug and dance along, you can find a calendar of live-stream music from all over the world here: https://www.ohmyrockness.com/. - Diane

I'm an avid baker and I'm enjoying making my way Flour Book Coverthrough the delectable recipes in this wonderful cookbook, Flour: A Baker's Collection of Spectacular Recipes. A Kindle version is available and you can read the e-book for free with a Prime membership.
- Marcia

The Long Riders is a gritty and powerful western. This movie follows the James and Younger brothers to the final end of Jessie James' killing. It casts brothers playing brothers, with the Quaids, Carradines and Keaches doing the honors. A nice historical look at some of the United States worst outlaw gangs after the Civil War. A little bloody and uber realistic (with Walter Hill directing, that’s a given), and best of all, a really cool fashion statement. - Richard

Something green, something small, that gives me pleasure: I learned from Melissa Clark, who writes for the Cooking section of the New York Times, that if you put a bunch of scallions in water, you can clip off what you want, and it will grow back over and over.  It’s true. And it gives me a lot of botanical and culinary pleasure—I get to check on it every morning, and it keeps sending out new green shoots.  Scallions in everything! - Ruth

And finally, Jean took this picture during a walk through her neighborhood: Tree wearing mask

The Law Library staff wishes everyone health and safety during this unprecedented time.