Outside of law school exam periods and holidays, the Law Library is open to the entire University of California, Berkeley community, as well as attorneys and members of the general public who wish to conduct legal research or to use Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) materials.
Borrowing privileges cannot be extended to undergraduates, students from other law schools, attorneys, or the general public.
The Law Library also is home to the world-renowned Robbins Collection of rare books and manuscripts in civil and religious law. Students, faculty and scholars from all over the world come to the Law Library and Robbins Collection to conduct research and engage in legal scholarship.
The Law Library's collection is rich in legal history and common law material and has one of the finest collections of comparative law, international and human rights law and civil law in the world.
The Berkeley Law Library serves the legal research needs of its primary clientele (UC Berkeley law students and law faculty) and also seeks to meet the needs of UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff, judges and attorneys, and the general public. The Law Library's collection covers all aspects of U.S. law, with particular emphasis on intellectual property law, environmental law and constitutional law. Holdings include U.S. court decisions, statutes, legal treatises and monographs and legal periodicals. The Law Library also has a vast collection of law from many countries around the world, with a strong emphasis on civil law jurisdictions. In addition, the Law Library specializes in international and human rights law, treaty law and comparative law. The collection also includes documentation from many international organizations, including the United Nations and the European Union.