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Library Resources & Services During Fall 2021: Home

This guide lists library resources and services available to UC Hastings students, faculty, staff, and alumni during the fall 2021 semester.

Library Access Fall 2021

The UC Hastings Law Library has reopened for use by current UC Hastings students, faculty, and staff who have confirmed their vaccination status. The general public, alumni, and visitors remain prohibited at this time to ensure available space for our internal campus community as we have increased the number of virtual classes, which necessitates availability of quiet space for students to attend class virtually while on campus.  Current UC Hastings students, faculty, and staff should consult MyHastings for library hours.

Research Services

The UC Hastings reference librarians are available 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, to provide UC Hastings students and faculty with research and reference support. 

How to Reach Us:

Starting August 23, we are offering in-person research assistance at the Reference Desk on the fourth floor of the library.  You can also reach us using the chat, email, and phone options listed on the Ask a Librarian webpage.

If you'd like to make an appointment to meet with a reference librarian, complete the Reference Appointment form on the Ask a Librarian webpage and we'll arrange a meeting with you via Zoom.

Online Research Resources

Most of the library's online resources are only available to current UC Hastings students, faculty and staff.

Online Databases

You can find links to our dozens of research databases on the A-Z Databases page on the library website.

Study Aids

Students have access to hundreds of online study aids through the West Online Study Aids Library (Exam Pro, HIgh Court Summaries, Sum and Substance, Acing, and more) the Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aids Library (Examples & Explanations, Emanuel, Glannon, and more), and the LexisNexis Digital Library (Q&As, Understanding series).

Students also have access to CALI lessons, a collection of over 1,000 interactive, computer-based lessons written by law faculty, covering more than 40 legal subject areas such as Evidence, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Contracts. Current students can get the Authorization Code to set up an account here: http://libraryweb.uchastings.edu/auth/cali2.html

E-Books

The library collection includes a large number of e-books.  You can find them by searching the library catalog and filtering the results to materials "Available Online."

If there is a particular book you need for your research, please email libref@uchastings.edu and we will endeavor to acquire the e-book.

Research Guides

The UC Hastings librarians have created dozens of research guides on a variety of topics, with links to online resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a UC Hastings alum who used to visit the library regularly to use the treatises and practice guides.  What should I do now that you're closed to alumni?  

Contact the reference librarians for help.  We can help you identify alternative research locations (such as the San Francisco Law Library) and email you short scans of materials in the collection on a limited basis, contingent upon staff availability.  

I need help with my research, but I'm not on campus.  What should I do?

Send an email to libref@uchastings.edu or use the Chat box on the Ask a Librarian page. We’d also be happy to meet with you one-on-one via Zoom.  Just contact us to set up a time.  

What library resources can I access remotely?

The Library’s numerous digital offerings, including e-books, study aids, newspaper and journal databases, and other online databases remain available to current UC Hastings students, faculty and staff 24/7.  You can search for e-books in the library catalog and find the complete list of our online databases at http://libguides.uchastings.edu/az.php

Can I submit Interlibrary Loan requests during this time?

Yes!  We have resumed processing interlibrary loan requests for physical materials (books, DVDs, etc.) and articles.  You can submit an interlibrary loan request through Tipasa, our interlibrary loan system.  

I have a question about my account. Is there anyone who can help me?

If you have any questions about your account or how to access digital resources, please email libref@uchastings.edu.  We will respond to inquiries as soon as possible.

Government Documents

The UC Hastings Law Library is a Selective Depository for United States government documents. As such, it receives a portion of federal depository materials. The general public does not have access to the tangible Federal Depository Collection at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, much of the library's tangible collection is duplicative of content already available to the public on GovInfo.gov.

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.