Using the Library

Our team of reference librarians is available in-person and remotely to help with expert resources and assistance. While we cannot give legal advice, we can help you get started on your path to understanding and tackling your legal issues.

We are open Monday-Friday from 9-5.

Free and open to all

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Have a question about the law?

Our team of librarians can guide you to print and electronic legal resource options to help you tackle legal questions such as:

  • How can I learn about evictions?
  • How can I represent myself in court?
  • What are the new cannabis laws?
  • How do I start a small business?
  • I'd like to draft a will. Where do I start?
  • Can I get a quick health care directive form?
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Who uses the library?

We are free and open to all. All includes:

  • Students
  • Self-represented litigants
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Guardians
  • Concerned citizens
  • Government employees
  • Tenants
  • Landlords and homeowners
  • Judges
  • Lawyers
  • Paralegals
  • Employees
  • Employers
  • You!
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Working with reference librarians

Our team of librarians can guide you to resources to help you understand:

  • legal topics
  • how to conduct legal research to locate the law
  • available forms and resources
  • legal options - self-help or legal representation
  • court rules and procedures
  • referrals to legal services and clinics

We can help you in person or by phone or email. Call the reference desk at 415-554-1797 or email

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Explore our collections

  • Hundreds of Self-Help Titles
  • Local, state, and federal legal materials
  • Current and historical San Francisco legal resources
  • Legal forms
  • Legal news
  • Law Practice Management Collection
  • Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Self-Study materials
  • Legal practice guides, encyclopedias, dictionaries, journals

Search our catalog.

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  • Reference assistance
  • Public computers for legal research
  • Quiet study space
  • Copier, scanner, and printer
  • Conference rooms for legal use
  • Legal education programs
  • Circulation for attorneys
  • Interlibrary Loan for attorneys
  • Tours
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Phone: 415-554-1772
Twitter: @sflawlibrary
YouTube: @sanfranciscolawlibrary8348


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Make a difference in your community

Become a more informed and engaged citizen by coming to the law library to understand government structure, follow legislation, contact your legislators, and make changes at the local, state, and federal levels to make a difference in your community.


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Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM.

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