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

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

Library Location

Where is the law library?

We are located in the heart of San Francisco at 200 McAllister Street (at Hyde Street) on the 4th & 5th floors. Click here for directions and more information about the library location.

♦ The closest BART stop is Civic Center.
MUNI bus 5 Fulton stops in front of the College.

UC Hastings College of the Law

Library Hours

♦ Mon - Thurs: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
♦ Friday: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
♦ Saturday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
♦ Sunday: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

The Hastings Law Library is Currently Closed Due to the Pandemic.

NOTE: Hours vary because of holidays and semester breaks,  Click here for complete information about library hours.

The hours and access policy for lawyers and the general public is described here

Reference Desk Hours

♦ Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

♦ Mon - Fri: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

NOTE: Reference Desk hours vary because of holidays and semester breaks,  Click here for more information about reference desk hours and about research assistance by chat, phone & email.

library reference desk

Library Floor Maps

Are there any library maps to help me find what I'm looking for?

We have library maps available to pick-up at the 4th floor Library Reference Desk or click on the images below to view the maps for the 4th & 5th floor library collections. 

4th floor map

5th floor map

Getting to the 5th and 6th Floors

How do I get to the 5th and 6th Floors once I am in the library?

The main entrance to the library is on the 4th floor; once you are inside the library, there are stairs to the 5th floor and an internal elevator to the 5th and 6th floors.

library stairs

Gold Reading Room

What is in the Gold Reading Room?

The Gold Reading Room was a nice study space for students.  It was located on the 3rd floor of the 198 McAllister St. building, but it is now closed.

Cell Phone Policy

Can I use my cell phone in the library?

No. Cell phone usage is not permitted in the library. Please turn cell phones off when entering the library. Thank you for not using your cell phones in the library.

Reshelving Books

Should library users reshelve their books?

Users are no longer asked to reshelve their books.  The Library is conducting a survey to see which books get used the most.  All books will be reshelved by our wonderful student workers. Thank you for your assistance.

History of Hastings and Its Library

Where can I find information about the history of the library and the law school?

The library has a collection of U.C. Hastings Archives including information about the 65 Club.  

The college maintains a Hastings History webpage.

Prof. Thomas Garden Barnes' book Hastings College of Law: The First Century (print / online) is an excellent source of history covering 1878-1978.

Barnes - history of hastings

Working at the Library

How do I get a job in the library?

You can ask for an application at the 4th floor library circulation desk or contact the Circulation Librarian.  The application is also available online as a PDF.

See additional information under Current Openings.

Most of the student assistants working in the library are second and third year students.

How to Make a Gift to the Library

How do I make a gift to the library?

Monetary donations to improve the library or to fund a collection should be directed to the Hastings Alumni Center (415.565.4615 or

Donations of books should be directed to Hilary Hardcastle.

Library Renovations

What can you tell me about the most recent library renovations?

The entire 200 McAllister building was closed while it was being renovated from June 2005 until August 2007. During this time, the library was completely redesigned and renovated. During the 2005-2007 renovation the building received a full seismic retrofit -- creating an accessible, comfortable and safe learning environment. The renovation design was a 2008 Library Interior Design Competition award winner as judged by the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

The Law Library was again renovated from 2014 to 2015 with several major changes:

  • The 6th floor was vacated and all of the books on the 6th floor were removed.
  • The 4th and 5th floor collections were reorganized,
  • A new Research Alcove was created behind the 4th floor Reference Desk.
  • A new computer area was created on the 4th floor for current Hastings students.
  • A new compact shelving archives was opened in the basement of the 198 building.

From summer 2018 to Spring 2020 there was another major building renovation at 200 McAllister.  This renovation:

  • Added solar panels to the roof.
  • Created 6th floor space for the Hastings research centers, classrooms, and offices.
  • Built a pedestrian "skybridge" connecting the 6th floor of the 200 McAllister building to the new academic building at 333 Golden Gate Avenue.