Library Resources

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:

For Students   For Faculty   For Alumni

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.

Meet the Library Staff

The Collection

The UC Hastings Law Library, located on the fourth and fifth 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 government documents. In addition to these government documents, the Library has an archive of Ninth Circuit Records and Briefs, US Supreme Court Records and Briefs, California Supreme Court Records and Briefs, and California Courts of Appeal 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, the Brunetti Papers, and other materials. A few historical documents are available in 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 for each JD course section.  The casebooks are available for 3-hour checkout at the Circulation Desk. These are not intended to serve as a replacement for students purchasing their own copy of the required text. In addition, some 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 US law school faculty
  • Currently enrolled law students from other US 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 enrolled in a commercial bar exam prep course taught at UC Hastings during the summer may apply for a Special Access Card to study in the Law Library.

Learn more


  • The Hastings Law Library is located at the northwest corner of McAllister and Hyde Streets. Google Map of our location.
  • The Hastings Parking Garage is located 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 Street to McAllister Street.
  • MUNI: Ride MUNI Metro to Civic Center Station, exit station at United Nations Plaza, walk 1 block north on Hyde Street to McAllister Street.

Current Openings

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 MLIS students. If you are a San Jose State MLIS student, please see our listing in the San Jose State University SLIS internship database for more information. For additional information, please contact Camilla Tubbs.

How to Make a Gift to the Library

Monetary donations to improve the library or to fund a collection should be directed to the Hastings Alumni Center. Donations of books should be directed to Hilary Hardcastle.