Policies & Rules

The San Francisco Law Library is open to all. The Reference Staff may be consulted on all legal research issues, for suggestions on framing a research project, recommendations of sources, and proposals of useful approaches and alternatives. The staff may not give legal advice.

Library Reopening Safety Rules - August 2022: To maintain the health and safety of library visitors and staff, please comply with the following Library Reopening Safety Rules in addition to our ongoing Patron Rules of Conduct and Technology Policy. 

Patron Rules: To maintain the Law Library as a productive and respectful environment for all legal research, the Law Library has adopted Patron Rules of Conduct

Computer use: Law Library public access computers are available for legal research and use of Law Library databases, only. Please view the Law Library's complete Technology Policy. Library computers and the wireless system may be used for up to 2 hours per day. Printing is available for 20 cents per page. Reference Staff will provide assistance about how to save, download, or print from Law Library databases.

Borrowing Rules: Please view the Law Library’s PDF icon Borrowing Rules for detailed borrowing policy information. For information about accessing borrower account information online, please visit our Library Services/Borrowing Rules page.

Borrowing privileges are extended to members of the California State Bar in good standing who either live in or have an office in San Francisco, judges of courts located in 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.