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FAQ: UC Hastings Law Library Frequently Asked Questions: Library Collections

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

4th floor?

What is on the 4th floor?

  • Reference Desk
  • Circulation Desk
  • Research Alcove
  • Academic Success Collection
  • Course Reserve
  • Current textbook collection
  • Study Guides
  • 4th Floor Reading Room
  • Eight Student Study Rooms
  • Student Computer Workspace
  • Magazines & Newspapers
  • Micrographics Collection
  • 4th Stacks (US cases and statutes)

5th floor?

What is on the 5th floor?

  • 5th Stacks
  • Six Student Study Rooms
  • Government Documents
  • Library Staff Offices
  • College Archives
  • Roger J. Traynor Collection
  • Special Collections

6th floor?

What is on the 6th floor?

The 6th floor no longer houses any library collection.

On the 6th floor you will find:

  • Room 640 (Rusty Dobbs Seminar Room)
  • Seminar Rooms 620A & 620B
  • Classrooms 
  • Student Study Rooms
  • Faculty Offices
  • The UCSF/Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy
  • The Hastings research centers including CGRS, WorkLife Law, and the Center for Innovation

After a major 6th floor renovation completed in 2020, there is also now a pedestrian bridge from the 6th floor of the 200 McAllister building to the new academic building at 333 Golden Gate Avenue.

Academic Success Collection

The Law Library and the Academic Dean's office have created a small "Academic & Professional Success" collection including more than 100 books, flashcards, and CDs on success in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice.   

This collection is available to current students at the 4th floor library circulation desk.  It includes a wide variety of helpful titles such as:

The Library has also created an Online Academic & Professional Success Guide

Bar Study Materials

Do you have bar study materials I can use?

Yes, see our California Bar Exam Research Guide.

In addition, current Hastings students should consult Prof Margaret Greer's MyHastings bar preparation webpages.

 

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You may be interested to read this 2017 article in the San Francisco Chronicle reporting on UC Hastings Chancellor and Dean David Faigman's views on the California Bar Exam.

Government Documents

The library is a Selective Depository for United States government documents. It is also a Selective Depository for California publications distributed by the State Printer. Both depository collections are important sources of legislative history materials such as bills, hearings, reports, and debates.  See more details.

Course Reserves

Where do I find material that my professor has placed on course reserve?

Materials placed on course reserve may be borrowed from the 4th Floor library circulation desk. In general, course reserve material is available for a two (2) hour borrowing period, but may be renewed.  A limited number of course reserve items are available for 24-hour use.

Use the library catalog to search for Course Reserve items.  Select "Advanced Search" and then choose the "Course Reserve" option to search by professor or course.

This service is currently unavailable due to the Library Closure During the Pandemic.

Class Textbooks

Does the library have class textbooks?

This Service in No Longer Available with the Library Closure During the Pandemic.

As a general rule, yes.

Beginning with the Fall 2017 semester, the library has purchased one copy of each required casebook.  The casebooks are available for 3-hour checkout at the 4th floor library circulation desk. 

The Library provides a copy of assigned casebooks for courses offered in the JD curriculum in course reserve. Since there is only one copy of each casebook per class, these are not intended to serve as a replacement for students purchasing their own copy of the required text. 

Search for course materials on reserve at the circulation desk.  Select "Advanced Search" and then choose the "Course Reserve" option to search by professor or course.

In addition, some current & superseded editions of casebooks are available in the library's main collection.

To see if the library has a particular textbook, simply search the Library Catalog by title or author.

See the Library Policy on Casebook Purchases.

 

Study aids?

Does the library have study aids?

Yes the library has print and online access to study guides for Hastings students.

To find a particular study guide search the library catalog or browse the Library's Study Guides webpage.

PRINT:

Most current print study guides are kept behind the 4th floor Circulation Desk. Second copies and older editions of some study guides are available in the 4th & 5th floor stacks.

ONLINE:

West Academic Study Aids Subscription - Hastings students can view these guides online without an account, or by creating an account allowing users to customize the guides with highlighting and saved notes.  These guides include: Black Letter Outlines, Concise Hornbooks, High Court Case Summaries, and others. 

Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aids - Hastings student also have access to the Kluwer study guides including the following series: Examples & Explanations, Emanuel Law Outlines, Crunch Time, Glannon Guides, and Case Notes Legal Briefs

The Lexis Digital Library - includes a small collection of current law school study guides from the "Questions & Answers" series and the "Understanding" series. At the Digital Library select "Browse Library" and then select "Subject: Study Guides".

CALI - 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.  Get authorization code from the library reference desk.

Hastings Exams?

Do you have old Hastings Exams I can use to study for my exams?

Go to the UC Hastings Exams Database to find exams that your professor has given in the past. 

Many students find that one of the best way to prepare for law school exams is to practice taking them.

UC Hastings professors provide their past exams (often with model answers) to the library, and the library maintains a searchable database of these exams.

Hastings students can view previous exams given by their professors to help them figure out how to prepare for exams. The past exams can: 1) help you learn about how your professor writes questions, 2) improve your ability to spot the issues, and 3) target your preparation to your professor's style.

All available final examinations from previous semesters are accessible online. Exams are password protected. Hastings students & faculty must login with a current UC Hastings username and password to access the exams off-campus.

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Legal and tax forms?

Does the library have legal and tax forms?

Yes we do. However, all of our printed forms are in books and users must photocopy each form as needed.

Online you can find California Tax Forms (FTB) and Federal Tax Forms (IRS) on the Internet.

Library Archives & Storage

Library archives collections are temporarily shelved on the 5th floor.  These collections include:

  • Rare Books
  • UC Hastings Historical Archives
  • The Roger J. Traynor Collection
  • Sixty-Five Club Collections

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