Holiday Library and Reference Desk Hours

Library Holiday Hours DECEMBER 2015 – Semester Recess
Friday December 18 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday December 19 12 noon – 6:00 PM
Sunday December 20 12 Noon – 6:00 PM
Monday December 21 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday December 22 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday December 23 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thursday December 24 through CLOSED
Sunday January 3, 2016

The UC Hastings Reference Desk will  be closed on December 21-23. On those dates,  please send reference requests to or contact the circulation desk at 415-565-4750.


SPCA Dog Therapy Program December 2015

GetFileAttachment The SPCA Dog Therapy program is coming back to the Law Library beginning Monday, December 7th. Dog therapy is designed to be a fun stress-reliever for our busy students, a gift of some happy-go-lucky play with a furry friend as relief from studying. So take a break and let one of these trained, friendly dogs help you forget all about the law for a few minutes.photo22

Our doggie “therapists” will be located on the fourth floor of the 200 McAllister building in the Library. Students are welcome to sign up for 10-minute stress break sessions. All dogs are friendly and trained and accompanied by experienced SPCA volunteers. Sign-up sheets and more information can be found at the Library circulation desk.  Read here about the science of eye to eye contact between humans and dogs.

Dogs therapy is being offered in Study Room 412 in the Library at the following times:

Monday, December 7th, 2015 10:30-12:00 Brixton Golden Retriever
Monday, December 7th, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 Lucy Golden Retriever
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 10:30-12:00 Huxley Golden Retriever
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 Angie Golden Retriever
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 10:30-12:00 Sierra Golden Retriever
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 Boss Border Terrier
Thursday, December 10th, 2015 10:30-12:00 Taz Corgi
Thursday, December 10th, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 Lola Pomeranian / Chihuahua


Chuck Marcus
UC Hastings College of the Law Library

New Study Room Reservation Process

Sign up for study rooms starting Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, for use of rooms beginning Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 until December 18th, 2015!

(A minimum of 3 students is required to reserve a study room)

To reserve a study room, sign into the  Astra Room Reservation Schedule using your Hastings email (omit and password, click “Scheduling Grid” on the main page, and choose “Study Room Calendar”from the “Choose Calendar” drop down menu at the top right of the grid. Then complete the following steps:


  • Read the complete S15 Study Room Reservations instructions before making your first reservation.
  • Select a date using the calendar.
  • Select an available timeslot and room. Please refer to the Thanksgiving Holiday Building Hours and Exam Period Building Hours (sent out to students in an email from Student Services) before settling on a time. Pay special attention to the instructions regarding when reservations begin for weekdays (even hours) or weekends (odd hours).
  • Follow the instructions on how to schedule into a seminar room exactly.
  • Please title all study room reservations using your FULL NAME.
  • Click “Send Notification” to submit your reservation and send yourself a notification.

Rules for Study Rooms


Why Digitizing Harvard’s Law Library May Not Improve Access to Justice

The project, known as “Free the Law,” made waves because Harvard’s collection is second only to the Library of Congress in its breadth. Since most of this material was either unavailable or only available through a paywall, Free the Law has tremendous potential. But whom will it help the most?

The Debate of Whether to Ban Law Student Use of Laptops During Class

A Game Changer: Assessing the Impact of the Princeton/UCLA Laptop Study on the Debate of Whether to Ban Law Student Use of Laptops During Class raises another chapter in the continuing debate regarding whether students should be permitted to use their laptops in class. Prior to the Princeton/UCLA study, the debate primarily centered around the distractive effects which laptops had on both laptop users who were engaged in activities unrelated to what was being discussed in class, and on their classmates who were sitting nearby and were distracted by the visuals and sounds emanating from the laptops. Such distractions included surfing the Internet, playing video games, and emailing others in the class.

This study reveals that even if these distractions are removed, students who use their laptops for note taking tend to simply type, verbatim, the words of their professor, without trying to understand the meaning of what their professor is actually saying. As a result, their comprehension and retention suffers.