The UC Hastings Law Library provides a variety of services to its patrons, including research assistance and instruction, in-depth research classes, one-on-one research and teaching support to faculty, interlibrary loan, web and technology services, and more. Consult our resources for:
The Library Staff
UC Hastings library staff provide legal and law-related research services to students, faculty, and members of the UC Hastings community in support of the College’s educational, research and public service functions. Librarians select and develop research materials for immediate and future needs; ensure the accessibility and availability of research materials; advise and instruct on multi-disciplinary law-related research; develop and maintain specialized information systems, including digital archives and integrated library systems; administer and manage library personnel and services; expand available resources through cooperation with other libraries and consortia; and develop awareness of the range of ideas and possibilities for scholarly research.
The UC Hastings Law Library, located on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors of Mary Kay Kane Hall, supports the research and educational endeavors of the students and faculty of the UC Hastings College of the Law. The Library’s holdings of over 450,000 volumes include an extensive collection of federal, international, and California documents. The Library is a Selective Depository for United States government documents. It is also a Selective Depository for California. In addition to these government documents, the Library has an archive of 9th Circuit Records and Briefs, US Supreme Court Records and Briefs, as well as California Supreme Court Records and Briefs. Highlights include:
- An extensive collection of bar study materials, see our California Bar Exam Research Guide for more information.
- Significant resources on foreign, comparative and international law topics, as well as extensive research guides in various related topics such as Chinese Law, Immigration Law, International Treaties, the United Nations and more. If you need assistance with a question about this area of law, please contact FCIL Librarian Vince Moyer.
- The Library’s Archives and Special Collections include the Roger J. Traynor Collection, the Hastings Archives, the 65 Club Archives and other materials. A few historical documents are available on the Scholarship Repository, but please contact the Library if you have questions.
- All available final examinations from previous semesters are accessible online. Exams are password protected. Hastings students & faculty must login to access the exams off-campus.
- The Library purchases one copy of each required casebook. The casebooks are available for 2-hour checkout at the 4th floor library circulation desk. Since there is only one copy of each casebook per class, these are not intended to serve as a replacement for students purchasing their own copy of the required text. In addition, some current & superseded editions of casebooks are available in the library’s main collection.
Library Access and Policies
In order to ensure that the UC Hastings Law Library facilities and services are fully available to the UC Hastings College of the Law community, the Law Library observes a very limited access policy which is fully enforced at all times that the Library is open.
Excluding UC Hastings reading and exam periods, the following categories of patrons may use the Library whenever it is open.
- UC Hastings faculty, students, and staff
- UC Hastings alumni
- Current members of the California Bar with “Active” or “Inactive” status
- Currently enrolled UCSF students
- Current UCSF faculty
- Current U.S. law school faculty
- Currently enrolled law students from other U.S. law schools
- Individuals in possession of current U.C. Hastings Unaffiliated Borrower cards
- Federal Depository Library researchers. See the “Access to Government Documents” section below for further details.
During UC Hastings Reading and Final Exams Periods, only UC Hastings faculty, staff, students, alumni, and individuals in possession of current UC Hastings Unaffiliated Borrower cards may use the Law Library. Non-alumni who are taking the bar this summer may apply for a Special Access Card to study in the law library.
- The Hastings Law Library is located on the northwest corner of McAllister and Hyde Streets. Google Map of our location.
- Driving Directions from Google; the Hastings Parking garage is at 376 Larkin Street, on the corner of Larkin and Golden Gate. There are also other outdoor and indoor garages in the area and metered street parking.
- BART: Ride Bart to Civic Center Station. Exit the station at United Nations Plaza, walk 1 block north on Hyde St. to McAllister St.
- MUNI: Ride MUNI Metro to Civic Center Station, exit station at United Nations Plaza, walk 1 block north on Hyde St. to McAllister St. OR Ride 19 Polk to McAllister St. OR Ride 5 Fulton to Hyde St.
The Circulation Department of the Law Library is accepting applications from second- and third-year students to staff the Circulation Desk. Work between classes, during the evening, or on weekends. Flexible schedules. Work-Study preferred, but not required. Applications are available online or at the Circulation Desk. For additional information, contact the Circulation Librarian.
Library internships are also available for qualified students. Please see our listing in the San Jose State University SLIS internship database for more information.
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