Unaffiliated Borrowers Program

The Law Library now operates an annual membership program for unaffiliated borrowers. This program allows members to borrow circulating print materials from the library's general collection, as specified below.

Who May Borrow Books:

Individuals: Any alumnus of UC Hastings College of the Law who resides in or maintains an office in California, who submits an application, and pays the annual membership fee, if applicable, in the amount specified below.  Individual library cards are nontransferable.

Law Firm Libraries: Any law firm located in California with a librarian who is a member of either the Northern California Association of Law Libraries, Southern California Association of Law Libraries, or American Association of Law Libraries is eligible for a corporate membership. The law firm librarian must submit an application on the firm’s behalf and pay the annual membership fee in the amount specified below.  Firm libraries will be issued four library cards that can be used by any member or employee of the firm upon approval by the firm librarian. The firm library is responsible for all charges and fines.

Government Agency Libraries: Any government agency library with a librarian located within the San Francisco Civic Center area is eligible for membership. The agency librarian must submit an application on the agency’s behalf.  Agency libraries will be issued two library cards.  Agencies outside of this area may borrow books through Interlibrary Loan.

Annual Fees & Fee Cycle:

UC Hastings Law Library borrowing account holders will be required to pay a flat annual fee, as follows:

  • UC Hastings Alumni, 0-1yr after graduation: $0
  • UC Hastings Alumni, 1+yrs after graduation: $50 per cycle
  • Law Firm Libraries: $400 per cycle
  • Government Agency Libraries: $0

The annual fee cycle is July 1 through June 30.  Annual fee payments are nonrefundable.

Membership Privileges:

Membership in the Unaffiliated Borrower Program entitles you to borrow circulating print materials from the UC Hastings Law Library’s general collection. Note: Most treatises and practice guides for which the Law Library has a current subscription do not circulate. Should you choose to not to enroll in the annual membership program, please note that the UC Hastings Law Library is open, at no cost, to all UC Hastings alumni and/or members of the California Bar, during all hours of regular Library operation, excluding exam periods. All UC Hastings Law Library patrons may access the Library’s public photocopiers and public computer terminals, as well as Hastings’ Wi-Fi network.

Loan Period:

Books and materials in the general collection that circulate may be borrowed for either 7 or 30 days, depending on the item. Materials may be renewed once for the original loan period. Renewal requests can be denied if there is a hold on the material.

Borrowing Limits:

Individual borrowers have a four-item borrowing limit. Firms have a five-item limit and agencies a ten-item limit.

Fines and Charges:

An overdue fine of $.50 per day per item will be charged all individual and firm borrowers. If the overdue period exceeds 60 days the item shall be deemed lost. Borrowers shall then be charged for the replacement cost of the item plus fines and a $35.00 processing fee. An item substantially damaged or defaced shall be deemed lost.  Fines and charges are payable as they become due. Failure to clear records will result in loss of borrowing privileges. Law firm and government agency borrowers with any item 8 days or more overdue, or owing fines of $10.00 or more will not be allowed to borrow other material until all overdue material is returned and fines or charges are paid. This policy also applies to alumni borrowers with materials more than 22 days overdue. If material is not returned within 30 days of billing notice, a collection agency may be employed. A borrower who flagrantly or persistently violates the borrowing rules shall have borrowing privileges suspended or terminated.

Membership Exclusions:

This account does NOT entitle members to the following:

  • Interlibrary loan services
  • Off-site access to the Library’s online databases (online access to selected databases is provided for all patrons within the Library)
  • Access to study rooms or classrooms
  • Document delivery services
  • Printing services
  • Access to laptop computers and other equipment available for checkout

Membership Application and Payment:

NOTE: The Unaffiliated Borrower Program is temporarily suspended, due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions concerning this program or the status of your application or account, please contact the Access Services Librarian at (415) 565-4759 or at circulation@uchastings.edu.