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:
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 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 A few historical documents are available in the Scholarship Repository, but please contact the Library if you have questions.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
RESTRICTED ACCESS: In order to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the Law Library will be closed until further notice. We do not have a date by which higher education institutions, including UC Hastings Law, may resume normal in-person operations. This document outlines the Law Library’s plan for gradual reopening. It is subject to change as health guidance evolves. The plan uses a four-tier approach: red, orange, yellow, and green. Red represents the most restrictive tier, while green represents a return to pre-COVID-19 conditions.
- 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.
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. For additional information, contact the Circulation Librarian.
Virtual 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.
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