Have a job? Need to brush up on your legal research skills? The Law Library is offering a Crash Course on Legal Research focused on the practice skills you need to get you started on your first assignments. Come by after work for handy tips, expert advice, and useful handouts. 1Ls, 2Ls and recent graduates welcome. May 15, 5:30 – 7:00 PM in Classroom K of the 198 Building.
After 36 years at UC Hastings, Grace Takatani is retiring! Grace has worn a number of hats at UC Hastings, serving as U.S. Government Documents Assistant, California Documents Assistant, Special Collections Cataloger, Catalog Librarian, and Reference and Archives Reference Librarian during her long tenure here. A celebration of Grace’s contribution to the law school community will be hosted by the Library on January 31st from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the Library staff lounge. Staff and faculty are welcome!
The San Francisco office of Pillsbury Winthrop has recently donated to the Hastings Law Library its collection of Deering’s California Codes. Dating back to 1866 when the Bancroft-Whitney Company of San Francisco began publishing the codes in 1866, this collection includes not only the bound volumes, but all of the supplements and pocket parts. These volumes promise to be an invaluable tool for conducting California legislative history research or finding the law exactly as codified in any particular year. These codes find a welcome home at the alma mater of its namesake, James H. Deering. An 1881 Hastings College of the Law graduate, Deering’s accomplishments include not only editing the California Codes, but building the San Francisco Law Library into a nationally recognized institution and rebuilding it after the 1906 earthquake destroyed its collection of 30,000 volumes. This set is shelved in the southwest corner on the Library’s 6th floor (the McAllister Street side nearest Larkin Street). For more on the life of Deering, see James H. Deering Has Crossed the Bar, 46 Law Libr. J. 242 (1953).
Have a job? Need to brush up on your legal research skills? Hastings Law Library is offering a Crash Course on Legal Research focused on the practice skills you need to get you started on your first assignments. Handy tips, expert advice, and useful handouts. 1Ls, 2Ls and recent graduates welcome.
|May 18, 2012||10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.||Room H, 198 Bldg|
|May 23, 2012||Noon to 1:30 p.m.||Room H, 198 Bldg|
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There have been repeated complaints about the noise level in the Law Library and Gold Reading Room. As we head toward the exam period, please be considerate of others and keep conversations to a minimum.
Additionally, there has been a problem with food, drink, and related waste being brought into the library and not properly discarded. Food is prohibited in the library. You may bring bottled water and other covered drinks into the library (but not into the computer lab).
Thanks for your cooperation.
Additional power outlets have been installed in the 4th Floor Reading Room by the McAllister St window in response to student requests (thanks for the suggestion). There are now plenty of outlets available for the window seats. However, they are not so easy to find (see photo below). So look between the window and the back edge of the counter for these outlets.
To keep our new Library nice and clean and free of creatures who don’t read, the policy allows drinks only in covered containers. There are some covered drink containers available at the Reference Desk if you need one. No food is allowed in the Library.
The drilling and hammering sounds you hear in the Library are the study tables being constructed. Once installed most will have power connections available. In the meantime, power outlets can be found in the study rooms and in the window seating at the columns.
Upon arriving at the 4th floor, turn right out of the elevators and enter the Library. Directly ahead of you is the Circulation desk and to the right of that is Reference desk. Reference hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M., Saturday 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M..
Toward McAllister Street, there is waist-high shelving holding the 4th Floor Reading Room collection. The open space nearby has lots of light, comfy chairs, with good visibility to be able to meet up with friends or perhaps study in groups. Peruse the subscription magazines in the Popular Reading Area for a little light reading.
Continuing around in a clockwise direction, you will encounter the computer lab. This is the place to check your email, search online resources or take care of printing and scanning. Further down the hallway and through two doors is the NewCal Copy Center. This is run by two terrific folks who will help you with copy card purchases or jammed printers.
Beyond their office the Federal collection begins with book stack number 1. Congressional Record, Federal Register, US Reports, regional reporters and the like are found in these stacks which circle around to Golden Gate Avenue.
As you near the Hyde Street side of the building, the California collection begins and includes sets such as Deering’s, West’s, Statutes and Amendments to the Code, etc. The area from stack one to this point is called “4th Stacks.”
The few stacks near the foot of the Grand Stairway contain our small Research Alcove Collection. This consists of current treatises and practice materials that do not leave the Library.
A small room near there is where you will find our microfiche and microfilm collection. If the machines are giving you any problems whatsoever, just ask for help at the Reference desk, our job is to help you.
Welcome back 2Ls and 3Ls, and greetings to 1Ls, Visiting, Transfer, Exchange and LLM students. This is the blog of the Hastings Law Library. Check here for research tips, library news, and links to websites of interest. This is where we announce new titles, holiday hours and information about the computer lab. You can find info about new electronic resources and we’ll give you search hints on how to use them. And then every so often, you’ll see a posting like the one below….