Library Access

          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.  For details, see

          Identification will be checked at the building entrance. All Library patrons will be required to show appropriate ID at the first floor Security Desk. See the table below for more information regarding the specific ID requirements for various categories of users. In addition to showing appropriate ID to Security, all non-Hastings visitors will be asked to sign in at the Security Desk. Authorized non-Hastings visitors will be issued a visitor pass good for the day. Visitors to the Library are expected to abide by the Law Library Policy on Conduct. Questions about this access policy should be directed to the Reference Desk at (415) 565-4751.

          The Library is not open to members of the general public, except where there is demonstrated need to access U.S. Government Documents acquired by the Law Library through its membership in the Federal Depository Program. Please note that as a Selective Depository Library, the Law Library receives only a small portion of federal depository materials. It is recommended that users of the depository collection call to arrange an appointment prior to coming to the Library for the first time; however, walk-in users with an articulated need to use specific materials in the Federal Depository collection will be accommodated if a Reference Librarian is available. See the "Access to Government Documents" section below for more information about our government documents policy and instructions for making prior arrangements for access to our federal depository materials.

          Library Access ID Requirements

          User Category ID Requirement
          UC Hastings law students, faculty & staff Current UC Hastings photo ID
          UC Hastings alumni UC Hastings Alumni Unaffiliated Borrower Card or state bar card and official photo ID. The UC Hastings Alumni Office also provides a list of graduates to the front desk security. If you do not have ID, and/or security does not have your name on file, please contact the UC Hastings Alumni Office for access.
          Members of the California Bar Attorneys should present proof of bar membership with a membership card or print-out of their status through the California Bar’s website, along with official photo identification.
          Currently enrolled students from other law schools Current student photo ID from home campus
          Current U.S. law school faculty Current official photo ID from home campus
          Current UCSF students and faculty Current official UCSF photo ID
          Unaffiliated Borrowers Current UC Hastings Unaffiliated Borrowers card and photo ID
          Federal Depository Library researchers Official photo ID

          Access to the Computer Lab, Wireless Network and Study Rooms

          Only UC Hastings students are allowed access to the Library's computer lab and group study rooms. For more details on computer lab access and additional information on library computer services, see Computer Services. For more information regarding the Library's wireless access, see the Wireless Access Policy.

          Access to Government Documents

          Access to the Federal Depository Collection by the general public is an exception to the Law Library's Access Policy. This exception is made in order to provide access to government information. Access to the Federal Depository Collection entitles members of the public to use those publications received through the Federal Depository Library Program and online within the FDLP only; it does not entitle use of the Law Library's general collections, services (except reference services regarding the Federal Depository Collection), or physical space. Once the user has completed his/her use of the federal depository documents, he/she is required to leave the Law Library.

          Advance reservations are recommended for members of the public who wish to access the Federal Depository Collection. Users can request appointments to view documents by submitting the online request form by completing a printed user request form and leaving it at the UC Hastings Security Desk, or by calling the Law Library at (415) 565-4751. Phone requests should include the following information: your name, contact information (phone number or email address), and a description of the federal depository materials you are requesting to access. Requestors will receive a response within 2 business days. Federal Depository users with an immediate need may visit the Library to express this need to a Reference Librarian during normal Reference Desk hours, but are strongly encouraged to contact the Library in advance at (415) 565-4751.

          Procedures for Making Prior Arrangements for Use of the Depository Collection

          1. Request and receive an appointment to view documents. Appointments are scheduled between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, when classes are in session. 
          2. Check in at the Security Desk on the first floor of the 200 McAllister building at the appointed time. A government issued photo ID must be presented.
          3. The guard at the Security Desk will notify the Reference Librarian, who will escort the visitor to the Fourth Floor Reading Room where the requested document will be paged.
          4. The visitor will be required to work in the Fourth Floor Reading Room for the duration of the appointment. Upon completion of the use of the federal depository documents, the visitor will be required to leave the Law Library promptly.

          The UC Hastings Law Library is a Selective Depository for United States government documents. As such, it receives only a small portion of federal depository materials. A more extensive collection of government documents is available at San Francisco Public Library's Government Information Center, which is located one block from the Law School at 100 Larkin Street. It offers public access to one of the largest and oldest government document collections in Northern California. The collection includes census publications for all decennial censuses, economic censuses, statistics, annual reports, legislation, statutes, codes, regulations, treaties, military history, and major publications of federal departments.

          Policy effective September 15, 2012