Borrowing from the Library

          Your Hastings 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 DeskCirculation Desk Items
          Most materials kept at the Circulation Desk are loaned for 2 hours. Circulation Desk materials include all items placed on course reserve by professors, study aids, academic support materials, and foreign language dictionaries. 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.

          DVDs & Blu-ray
          The library's DVD and Blu-Ray collection is shelved in the Fourth Floor Reading Room.  To borrow a DVD, bring the empty jewel case to the Circulation Desk, where the Circulation Desk attendant will retrieve the disk and check it out to you.  These materials circulate for 7 days, unless they have been placed on course reserve.

          Government Documents
          Federal agency publications and congressional hearings and reports shelved in the Hastings Law 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          State and federal case reports and codes (including superseded code volumes), law reviews, multi-volume sets, loose-leaf publications, current casebooks, indexes, and microforms may not be borrowed.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 and faculty may request that a book be recalled. Recall request forms are available 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.

          Non-Hastings Borrowers
          Individual attorneys who are active members of the California Bar or Hastings alumni may apply for borrowing privileges. Law firm librarians may also apply on behalf of their firms. Application forms and rules for individual and corporate borrowing privileges are available in PDF format and may be downloaded here. Application forms are also available at the Circulation Desk. Applications for borrowing privileges require a refundable deposit of $100 for Hastings alumni, $200 for State Bar members, or $400 for qualified law firms. Applications take 10 working days to process.

          Overdue Fines
          Overdue fines are charged according to the following schedule:
          2-Hour and 24-Hour circulation desk materials: $1.00 per hour during hours the library is open.
          Laptops: $10.00 per hour
          30-Day books: $.25 per day, per item for students, and $.50 per day, per item for non-Hastings borrowers.

          Fines may be paid by check or cash at the Fiscal Services office, by check at the Library Circulation Desk, or online here.

          Lost Books
          The replacement cost, plus $35.00 in processing and service charges, will be charged for each lost book.

          Students graduating from U.C. Hastings will be notified following 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.

          Last updated August 25, 2016.