Excluding UC Hastings exam periods, the following categories of patrons may use the Library whenever it is open.
During UC Hastings exam periods, only UC Hastings faculty, staff, students, alumni, and individuals in possession of UC Hastings Unaffiliated Borrower cards may use the Law Library.
Non-Alumni Bar Studiers: Non-alumni bar studiers may purchase a Special Access Card that will entitle them to use the library for a 2-month period to study for the bar exam. The Special Access Card costs $50 per exam. Applications are available at https://uchastings.webconnex.com/barstudy. After completing payment, you may pick up your Special Access Card at the library's Circulation Desk.
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 apppointment 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.
|User Category||ID Requirement|
|UC Hastings law students, faculty & staff||Current UC Hastings photo ID|
|UC Hastings alumni||UC Hastings Alumni card or state bar card and official photo ID. If you have neither, please contact the UC Hastings Alumni Office for access.|
|Members of the California Bar||Current state bar membership card and official photo ID|
|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|
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 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.
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