Access Policies

Until further notice, the UCLA Law library is closed anyone who is not a current UCLA Law Faculty, Student or Staff Member. Questions about the access policy may be directed to libraryaccess@law.ucla.edu.

Information about alternative legal resources can be found in our Find a Lawyer / Legal Aid and Free and Low Cost Online Legal Research LibGuides.

Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library Access Policy

  • PROCEDURES FOR ACCESS TO THE UCLA LAW LIBRARY BY CURRENT UCLA STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF

    When other UCLA users are permitted to use the Law Library again (tentatively October 1), we will employ an online reservation system for non-law school UCLA Students, Faculty and Staff to obtain access. Details will be posted here on or before that date.

    Note to UCLA faculty teaching or supervising UCLA students who need ongoing access to the Law Library's materials for research or assignments: read our "Exemption Handout" for information about obtaining a temporary exemption to this policy for these students.

  • COVID PROTOCOLS FOR VISTING THE UCLA LAW LIBRARY

    Eligible UCLA Law Library users will need to follow all the required UCLA COVID protocols for visiting the UCLA campus. As of August 1, these include, but are not limited to: 

    • All Law Library users must be wearing a mask AT ALL TIMES while in the Library. 

    • Visitors are required to fill out the UCLA Symptom Monitoring Survey for clearance to come to campus for each daily visit. Proof of completion of the form for the day of the visit will be required for access.

    • All library users must complete the weekly COVID testing requirement within one week and no later than the same day of your visit, even if you are vaccinated. A COVID test vending machine is located in the Law School Courtyard; eligible Law Library visitors may also obtain a test kit at the Circulation Desk.

    • For everyone's safety, absolutely no eating or drinking while in the Library.

    *Users who repeatedly violate our safety policies, particularly the mask mandate, could be banned from using the Library.

  • GENERAL ACCESS POLICIES
    1. Only current UCLA Students, Faculty and Staff have access to the UCLA Law Library; UCLA users must present a BruinCard to the guard on duty for access and the guard will check-in the user to their reservation upon arrival.
       
    2. Access to the Law Library for non-UCLA law school users is limited to a small number of users per day, controlled by a reservation system. These users can reserve a space the prior day or same day (subject to availability) for up to 6 hours per day. Access to the Library does not include access to areas designated for the exclusive use of UCLA Law Students, Faculty, and Staff, such as the Tower Reading Room, Conference Rooms, and the After Hours Reading Room.
       
    3. The COVID policies outlined above must be followed in order to gain access to the library--even if a valid reservation has been made.
       
    4. To access the Law Library during Law School final exam periods, all UCLA (non-UCLA law school) users must demonstrate to the Circulation Desk staff member on duty an immediate need to use Law Library print materials that are not available in other UCLA libraries. Upon demonstration of such need, access may be approved at the discretion of the Circulation Desk staff member on duty. (Users should ask at the Circulation Desk about specific dates and requirements for access during these periods.)
       
    5. Reserved users exiting the Library should be prepared to display their BruinCard and reservation confirmation email upon re-entering the Library. 
       
    6. Law Library access may be canceled by a Law Library Supervisor whenever necessary to ensure useful access to the facility for UCLA Law School community. 
       
    7. Any reservation holder who is found in an area reserved for UCLA Law students, faculty or staff, who is found violating any other Library policy, or who is disruptive in any way, will have their access revoked and must leave the Library immediately.

Non-UCLA Law School User Policy

PLEASE NOTE: During Law School Final exams, or other periods of heavy Library use by the UCLA Law School community, the access policy will change and access to the Law Library may not be available. See above for more general information about access to the Law Library.

  • Overview

    The UCLA Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library is the primary place of study and research for the UCLA Law School community; thus, a quiet environment must be maintained. Recognizing that non-UCLA Law School users may have legitimate needs to use the Library's collection or academic services, the Law Library allows a limited number of users who are not UCLA Law School users (as specified by our Access Policy listed above) to use the Library at any one time. Access to the Law Library, however, does not grant users access to all Library services or to all areas of the Library. While in the Law Library, users who are not members of the UCLA Law School community are expected to abide by the following policies:

    • Users must present photo identification each time they enter the Library. All users who are not members of the UCLA Law School community are required to sign-in and record their institutional affiliation and ID number.
    • A quiet study environment must be maintained in the Library. Any behavior that disrupts an environment that is conducive to study will not be permitted.
    • In accordance with UCLA campus policy, sound on cell/mobile devices must be turned off when entering the Library. As a courtesy to others, please hold all mobile phone conversations outside of the library.
    • No food is allowed in the Library. The Library Guard or the CSO on duty will ask users to remove or throw out any food found in the Library. Beverages are allowed in the Library, but only in the sealable, reusable containers. Beverages in disposable containers are strictly prohibited.
    • Specified areas of the Library, including the Tower (Fourth Floor) Reading Room and the Conference Rooms are for UCLA Law student, staff, and faculty use only.

    Unacceptable behaviors for all users include, but are not limited to (see the Regulations FAQ below for more information):

    • Deliberate misuse of materials or equipment that interferes with or prevents timely access to resources or equipment by other users or staff;
    • Violation of University policies, including policies on computer and network use, cell phone use, electronic communications and harassment;
    • Vandalism, theft or defacement of library materials or other property.

    Users found violating any of the policies listed above, will be asked to leave the Law Library. Violations of Library or University policies on more than one occasion, or one-time egregious violations, are grounds for having Law Library privileges revoked. Violations of California state or Federal law will be handled appropriately.

    Any refusal to comply with requests made by representatives of the Law Library (including Library and Law School Staff, Library Guards, Campus Security Officers or Campus Police) in the enforcement of Library policies may be grounds for permanent revocation of Law Library use privileges. For students, violations of Law Library policies may also be referred to the appropriate Dean of Students for further action.

  • Regulations FAQ

    The Library has adopted regulations to protect the rights of both users and staff to create an appropriate academic atmosphere and to provide a safe, comfortable and convenient environment. All users are expected to contribute to an atmosphere that is conducive to study and to respect the rights and needs of others. The Library will refuse access to its facility, resources or services to anyone who acts irresponsibly by disrupting the use of the facilities by others or by being disrespectful to other users or employees.

    In addition, all persons on university property are required to abide by both university policies and campus regulations (UCLA Regulations on Activities, Registered Organizations, and Use of Properties and UC policies applying to campus activities, organizations, and students).

    Persons who are unwilling to abide by these regulations will be asked to leave, and those refusing to do so will be subject to removal by campus police and may not be allowed further access to the library.

    The FAQ contains references to relevant university and campus regulations, UC policies, California law and, if applicable, federal law.

    The following topics are covered:

    • Animals
    • Connecting to the campus network; computer systems, networks, programs or data
    • Damage to library materials, furniture, equipment or property
    • Smoking
    • Taking materials, equipment or property

    This FAQ is a working document and is subject to additions and revisions.

    Q. ARE ANIMALS PERMITTED IN CAMPUS LIBRARIES?

    A. UCLA policy states that dogs, leashed or otherwise, are not permitted in any campus building, except for police dogs; guide, signal, and service dogs used by disabled persons as defined by California Civil Code § 54.1; in accordance with the California Health and Safety Code; and under special circumstances, which must be approved in advance by the director of UCLA Environment, Health and Safety.

    CALIFORNIA STATE LAW

    Animals are not permitted in library buildings, with the exception of animals trained or being trained to assist persons with disabilities (California Civil Code § 54).

    Q. ARE THERE REGULATIONS GOVERNING CONNECTING TO THE CAMPUS NETWORK AND THE USE OF COMPUTER SYSTEMS, NETWORKS, PROGRAMS OR DATA IN THE LIBRARIES?

    A. Yes. See the relevant sections of the UCLA Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual for information regarding minimum security standards, including software patch updates, anti-virus software, host-based firewall software passwords, unencrypted authentication, unauthenticated email relays, unauthenticated proxy services, physical security, and unnecessary services.

    CALIFORNIA STATE LAW 

    Users must not maliciously access, alter, damage, or destroy any computer system, network, program, or data (California Penal Code § 502).

    Q. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DAMAGE LIBRARY MATERIALS, FURNITURE, EQUIPMENT OR PROPERTY?

    A. You may be prosecuted.

    CALIFORNIA STATE LAW

    All users must handle library materials such that they are not mutilated, defaced, or damaged in any way. This includes but is not limited to marking, underlining, or writing on pages; folding or removing pages or portions of pages; removing or damaging binding; removing electronic theft devices or labels; or applying post-its, paper clips, or other damaging materials (California Penal Code § 594 and California Education Code § 19910).

    Users must not maliciously access, alter, damage, or destroy any computer system, network, program, or data (California Penal Code § 502). Users must not vandalize, deface, damage, or destroy library buildings, furniture, or equipment (California Penal Code § 594).

    Q. IS SMOKING PERMITTED IN OR AROUND THE LIBRARIES?

    A. As of April 22, 2013, the entire UCLA Campus was designated as a smoke free environment. (UCLA Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual).

    CALIFORNIA STATE LAW

    No public employee or member of the public shall smoke any tobacco product inside a public building, or in an outdoor area within twenty feet of a main exit, entrance, or operable window of a public building, or in a passenger vehicle, as defined by Section 465 of the Vehicle Code, owned by the state. This section shall not preempt the authority of any county, city, city and county, California Community College campus, campus of the California State University, or campus of the University of California to adopt and enforce additional smoking and tobacco control ordinances, regulations, or policies that are more restrictive than the applicable standards required by this chapter (California Government Code § 7596-7598).

    Q. CAN LIBRARY MATERIALS, EQUIPMENT OR PROPERTY BE TAKEN FROM THE LIBRARIES?

    A. Circulating library materials must be properly checked out before being taken from the libraries. Library equipment or property cannot be taken from the libraries without proper checkout or authorization.

    CALIFORNIA STATE LAW

    California state law states that library materials, equipment, or property must not be taken from the libraries without proper checkout or authorization. Library materials must be returned following the expiration of the loan period or upon request by the library. Library materials must not be concealed in the libraries for the exclusive use of individuals or groups (California Penal Code § 490.5 and California Education Code § 19911).

Other Library Policies

  • Smoking, Food & Beverages

    As of April 2013, the UCLA Campus implemented a smoke/tobacco free environment.

    Please be aware that CONSUMPTION OF FOOD IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE LAW LIBRARY. The pests that are attracted to the Library by food also eat our books. We ask for your cooperation in adhering to the "NO FOOD" policy.

  • Computers

    The Library has a number of computers which are located in the Reference Reading Room, near the entrance and on the second and third floors in the stacks. These computers are available for academic and legal research purposes only and are not to be used for e-mail, word processing or playing games. Use of the Library's computers is limited to 2 hours per day. In addition, the Law Library also follows the UCLA Library system's "Acceptable Use Policy for Library Public Computers."

  • Restricted Areas

    The following areas of the Library are reserved for the exclusive use of the UCLA Law School Community: the Tower Reading Room (4th Floor), all Conference Rooms and the Computer Labs. Your cooperation in observing these restrictions is appreciated.

  • Security/Personal Property

    When using the Library, PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS UNATTENDED. Please keep in mind that your valuables can be stolen in a matter of seconds. The Law Library is not liable for loss or damage to personal property. We encourage you to make use of the Library's public lockers to store your personal belongings.

  • Public Lockers

    The Library has a bank of public lockers available to Library users. These are located to the left as you enter the Library, near the Photocopy Room. The cost for the lockers is 25¢ per use (You must deposit a quarter to release the key).

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