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New! LexisNexis Digital Library

We are pleased to announce the launch of our NEW SFLL LexisNexis Digital Library! It provides free, remote access to our collection of LexisNexis eBooks, including a wide range of California and general legal topics. Access essential eBooks—online or offline—wherever you are: in the courtroom, in the office, working from home, or anywhere with limited internet connectivity.

Our new SFLL LexisNexis Digital Library page includes links to the digital library, registration, a listing of included titles, helpful guides to get started, and information on the free and convenient mobile app for easier offline reading.
We invite you to register for an account. Once your account is active you will enjoy full access to the SFLL LexisNexis Digital Library remotely, 24/7.
Patrons can check out up to 10 eBooks at a time for up to 7 days, and can also place a hold on titles in use and be alerted when they become available.

Lexis Digital Library Training
Watch the 35-minute Training Video Here

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. Public libraries are included in Phase 3 of the San Francisco plan. We await guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and Mayor London Breed.

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 when the library reopens. Please check back here for updates on reopening.

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):

Westlaw Remote Patron Access

We are pleased to announce that Westlaw is now available to library patrons from home. Patrons can self-register for 20 hours of free Westlaw access over 14 days. There are two ways to register:

Option 1: On-demand at https://legal.thomsonreuters.com/en/c/remote-patron-access
Option 2: By phone—call 1-800-328-4880, enter extension 855597, and a Customer Service agent will create a user name and password. This line is open from 5am-5pm PT.
Need a Westlaw refresher? Here is a guide to using Westlaw for legal research.

Lexis Patron Relief Access Program:

LexisNexis continues to commit to working with the law library and the legal community during COVID-19 by providing access to library patrons. If you cannot otherwise conduct legal research onsite you are welcome to register for a temporary Lexis Advance® ID at https://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/pa-access-request.page and you will receive an ID within one business day.  This ID will be good until March 31. This ID allows you to conduct research on the cases and codes needed for your legal work and personal legal research. We are happy to work with you to maintain access to justice during this critical time.
If your research needs extend beyond 30 days or if you have already used your 30 day free  period then please call 1-888-AT-LEXIS to discuss personalized plan options. 

Our COVID-19 Libguide links to guides, resources, and help related to the COVID-19 crisis and will be updated as we become aware of new resources. View the library's COVID-19 Quick Guides on topics, including Rental Resources, Wills, Conservatorships, Protests, and more.





August 2020 California Wildfires Helping Handbook

Updated information and resources on housing, insurance, and other assistance and issues for those affected by wildfires. 

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New Video!
Dealing with COVID Rent Debt
Watch the January 27 presentation Here
By Kari Rudd from Bay Area Legal Aid

With program PDF and helfpul links

View the New! Quick Guide on
Covid Rent Debt Here

View More Covid Quick Guides Here

Witkin Legal Institute Podcasts

Making the Jury Demand; Waiving the Jury
Presented by John R. Wierzbicki, Co-Director, Witkin Legal Institute, Recorded June 15, 2020
*Listen Here*
*Download References PDF Here*
This is part two in a series on juries.
Stream part one here and more programs through our speakers page.