Bay Area County law Libraries – South Bay

This is the first post in a new feature highlighting the Bay Area’s County Law Libraries. When you can’t come to the Boccardo Law Library to study, you can use one of the county law libraries, in numerous locations, around the Bay Area.

Most of the libraries are free to the public. County residents, local legal professionals can apply for a library card and check out materials. As the materials at the Boccardo Law Library do not circulate, this is another option for the students and faculty that want to study with books at home.

The closest county library to our school is the Santa Clara County Law Library located only a few blocks from campus, past St. James Park.

Santa Clara County Law Library
360 North 1st Street  San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 299-3567

The library boasts a healthy collection of library materials covering California and Federal law, plus free wi-fi when you bring your own laptop. Using the library’s wireless code, you can access three major online databases: CEB OnLaw; Lexis California and Federal primary law; & Hein Online law reviews/journals.

Borrower rules:

Adult residents of Santa Clara County may sign up for library card with a $50 CASH deposit. After three months, the deposit borrowers can turn in their library card and receive refund of their deposit, less any fines or charges.  The process take up-to 6-8 weeks.  Attorneys who either reside in or maintain an office in Santa Clara County may also sign up for a library card.  Attorney borrowers in good standing can also sign up their staff or other associates for library cards.

All borrowers must also purchase a library card for $2.00.  Patrons will need to show a picture ID and provide proof of address.

Library Hours:

Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Winter hours – Daylight Savings time)
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Regular hours – non Daylight Savings time)

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