Law Library Re-Opening Update

** Alameda County Law Library Re-Opening Update **

Law Library Re-Opening by Appointment!

Starting Monday, June 7th limited access to the Law Library will be available by appointment Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. 

Law Library

Patrons may request an appointment to use an assigned library computer for legal research or legal writing, consult legal books in the library collection while sitting at an assigned table, obtain hardcopy legal forms, print law-related documents from a library computer, or copy law-related legal documents on the library copy machine. Limited in-person reference assistance is also available.

To schedule an appointment, you must submit an Online Appointment Request, and agree to the stated terms and conditions. Appointments can be made up to 7 days in advance. You will receive an email confirmation when you make the appointment and a reminder email 2 hours before the scheduled appointment.

Hardcopy Appointment Request Forms are also available in the lobby of the library. No entry without an appointment.

To ensure the public enjoys equitable access to the unique legal materials available at the Law Library, patrons are limited to one (1) appointment/day for a maximum duration of two (2) hours. Only one person may enter per appointment. You must exit the library promptly at the end of your appointment.

To comply with local health orders and social distancing requirements, library capacity is strictly limited. There are 8 Legal Research Computer spots, 8 Reading Room spots, 1 Reference Desk spot, and 1 Copier User spot available at any one time.

Unassisted access to our spaces and collection (e.g. browsing) is not available at this time. Library staff will pull books at your request and place them at your assigned work table. Library books will be quarantined for 24 hours after use by a library patron or staff member. Conference rooms are not available at this time. WiFi in not available.

By signing up for an appointment, you agree to adhere to social distancing and other safety requirements. While in the library, you must wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth, maintain a six-foot distance from others, and comply with staff directives and library signage. The Law Library recommends all patrons wipe down their workspace/library computer with a disinfectant wipe prior to use. A wipe will be provided to you by library staff. Library books and many other surfaces cannot be sanitized, you are assuming any risk by handling materials or being in the library.

Library staff reserves the right to add additional requirements, as needed to protect the health and safety of our patrons and staff.

For more information about the library's re-opening rules and services, please see our Re-Opening Factsheet.pdf.


Document Delivery & Mediated Search Services

During the pandemic closure, the Law Library temporarily waived all charges for email document delivery requests, and for performing mediated searches in library databases using patron-supplied keywords.  

When the library re-opens on June 7th we will resume charging a fee for these convenience services. Library staffing is limited, and we must give priority to in-person patrons.

More information about document delivery services and fees is available on our Document Delivery page.


Legal Research Collections at Dublin Library & Fremont Library

Did you know that you can access select legal research materials and databases at the Dublin and Fremont public libraries?

In partnership with the Alameda County Library system, the Alameda County Law Library received grants from the California State Library to establish the Legal Resource Collection @ Fremont Library (New in 2021!) and the Legal Resource Collection @ Dublin Library.

Collection Highlights

  • Legal Database Access - Lexis Advance (primary law & Shepard's); CEB OnLaw; Dissomaster, Nolo Press eBooks
  • Practice Guides from Matthew Bender, Thomson Reuters, CEB & more!
  • Legal Self-Help Books from Nolo Press
  • Legal Forms

Library Hours & Locations: Fremont Library; Dublin Library


Library Database From Home

Library patrons can continue to access HeinOnline, Gale Legal Forms, and Nolo EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center from home.

Access the Gale Legal Forms database from home 24/7 via: https://infotrac.gale.com/itweb/oakl62165?db=TGLF

  • Password: oakl_log

Access the Nolo Press eBooks database from home 24/7 via:  https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&custid=ns134829&group=main&profile=lirc

  • User ID: alamedacll / Password: Alameda2019!

Patrons can access the HeinOnline database from home 24/7 via https://heinonline.org/HOL/Welcome

  • Username:  alamedalawlib / Password: gf2s3az

Alameda County Superior Court Self-Help Center

Alameda County Superior Court Self-Help Center staff can offer limited assistance via chat and phone:

  • LiveChat Hours: M - F, 9:00 am - noon; M - Th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Access the chat tool from the Self-Help Center website
  • Phone Hours: M - Th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Call (510) 272-1393.

Virtual Lawyers in the Library, CLASP (Saturday) & Property Transfer Clinics

Alameda County Bar Association/Legal Access Alameda continues to partner with local public libraries to offer the public free phone consultations with volunteer attorneys.

Lawyers in the Library Programs-

Phone consultation with a volunteer attorney for general advice and referrals and resources for your legal matter. Click the links below for registration information.

CLASP Saturday Clinic-

All-topics legal clinic with volunteer attorneys from various subject areas.

  • Phone intake on the 1st Saturday of the month from 10:00 am - noon. 
  • Phone appointments scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of the month.  
  • Call (510) 485-9933 to schedule an appointment.

Property Transfer Clinic-

Phone consultation with a volunteer attorney for specific questions on the property assessment process in Alameda County, and inquiries about exceptions and exemptions in transferring real property