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FAQ: UC Hastings Law Library Frequently Asked Questions: Temporary Closure

This guide will assist you in learning about the UC Hastings Law Library's rules, policies and procedures.

COVID-19 Temporary Library Closure Update

The Hastings Law Library is closed (except current Hastings student can use the library study rooms by advance reservation only).  Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the College moved academic and administrative operations of the campus to a substantially virtual environment.

Although the Law Library and the 200 McAllister building are closed, the Law Library continues to provide resources and services to support you. For updated information on Library services, see the Library Resources & Services During Temporary Campus Closures LibGuide.

Virtual Research Services & Online Research

Research Assistance:

UC Hastings' reference librarians remain available during normal business hours to provide UC Hastings students and faculty with research and reference support.  In addition, most of the law library's research resources are digital and remain available to  current students and faculty during the campus closure. 


How to Reach Us:

The chat, email, and phone options listed on the Ask a Librarian webpage remain available during a campus closure. 

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


Online Databases:

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


Study Aids:

Current Hastings 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&A, Mastering, Understanding, and more).

Hastings 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:


Research Guides:

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

E-Books & Online Casebooks


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 you don't find a particular book you need for your research, please email and we will endeavor to acquire the e-book.


West Academic:

For students who purchased casebooks directly from the West Academic web store, West Academic will automatically extend electronic access through the end of the fall semester.  For students who purchased/rented through other retailers, West Academic will also provide digital access to its titles with proof of purchase or rental.

Library Closure Questions for Current Hastings Students

Where can I get the UC Hastings updates on the campus closure?

Current students should go to the MyHastings: UCH COVID-19 Pandemic webpage.  In addition, refer to the Hastings COVID-19 Community Updates webpage, and the Hastings Building Access & Hours webpage.

When will the Hastings Law Library reopen?

We are not sure when we will reopen the library and provide regular library services.  But in the meantime, the library is open for current Hastings students to reserve library study rooms by advance reservation only.  As soon as the library opens, current students will be notified by email and we will post all information about hours on the library's website.

I need help with my research and the Library is closed.  What should I do?

Send an email  to or use the Chat box on the Ask a Librarian page. We’d also be happy to meet with you one-on-one via Microsoft Teams. 

What Library resources can I access while the library is closed?

The Library’s numerous digital offerings, including e-books, study aids, newspaper and journal databases, and other online databases remain available to you 24/7 while the library is closed.  You can search for e-books in the library catalog and find the complete list of our online databases at

Can I submit Interlibrary Loan requests during this time?

We cannot process interlibrary loan requests for physical materials (books, DVDs, etc.) or e-books at this time.  You can, however, continue to request PDFs of articles through interlibrary loan.  To do so, just fill out the Article Request form in your ILLiad account.

What if I desperately need a specific book for my research?

If you're in the Bay Area, feel free to contact us at and we can try to make arrangements with you to pickup any books in our collection that might be available during the closure.  If you're not local, email us at and we will look into acquiring the book in e-book format for the collection. [Note: We aren't able to purchase digital casebooks individually at this time.] 

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

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