Your College-issued identification card also serves as your borrowing card in the library. Your I.D. card must be presented to check out books and course reserve items. Materials may be checked out for specified periods of time as follows:
Circulation Desk Items
Most materials kept at the Circulation Desk are loaned for 3 hours. Circulation Desk materials include all items placed on Course Reserve by professors, as well as study aids, academic support materials, and foreign language dictionaries. The latter are loaned for 24 hours. Video adapters, phone and iMac chargers, laptops, and other electronic devices are also available to borrow at the Circulation Desk. Some of these materials are available for 24-hour use.
PC laptops with power cords may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk. Laptops lend for 8 hours with the option to renew once. Regardless of when laptops are checked out, they must be returned by the time the Library closes. Laptops may leave the Library. Overdue fines for laptops are $10.00 per hour. The replacement fine for lost laptops is $600. Laptops do not circulate during exam periods.
Federal agency publications and congressional hearings and reports shelved in the UC Law SF Library may be borrowed for 30 days. California legislative hearings and reports may also be borrowed for 30 days.
General Book Collection
Monographs and single-volume treatises from the general book collection, shelved on the fourth and fifth floors of the library, may be borrowed for 30 days.
State and federal case reports and codes (including superseded code volumes), law reviews, multi-volume sets, loose-leaf publications, current casebooks, indexes, and microforms may not be borrowed. Materials located in the Research Alcove are also unavailable for borrowing.
A book may be renewed by a patron if no holds have been placed on it. Patrons may view their current check-outs and renew materials online. Patrons may also renew items in person at the Circulation Desk. Renewal requests cannot be processed over the phone. No 24-hour use items can be renewed.
All books are subject to recall one week after being checked out. Hastings students, faculty, and staff may request that a book be recalled by logging in to their library account, searching in Primo for the catalog record for the book, and clicking on the “Place a Hold” link in the record. Patrons may also place holds on books in person at the Circulation Desk. Recalled books must be returned by the date specified in the recall notice. For reasons of privacy, the names of those who have borrowed library materials will not be revealed.
The library now operates an annual fee-based program for unaffiliated borrowers. Law firms, agency libraries, and alumni may apply to borrow materials from the library’s circulating collection.
Overdue fines are charged according to the following schedule:
3-Hour and 24-Hour circulation desk materials: $1.00 per hour during hours the library is open.
Laptops: $10.00 per hour.
Fines may be paid by credit card through your library account.
UC Law SF faculty and staff do not accrue overdue fines.
The replacement cost, plus $25.00 in processing and service charges, will be charged for each lost library book. Alternatively, patrons may bring a like-new copy of the book to the library. The book must be an exact replacement (same edition and format). The book may not include any markings, stickers, or discoloration. The library reserves the right to refuse any replacement copy.
The replacement cost will be charged for each lost gadget.
Students graduating from UC Law SF will be notified prior to graduation of any library materials still in their possession. If the materials are not returned or the replacement cost paid within 30 days of notification, a hold will be placed on the student’s law school record. The same policy applies to students who withdraw from the College.