What are the Library’s hours?
Our Main Downtown Library is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm and on
Saturdays, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Please
click here for the hours and directions to our branch and partnership locations.
How do I get to the Library?
The Library is very centrally located in the downtown area. We are close to the
10, 110, and 5 freeways. On the Redline, we are located at the “Civic Center.”
We are along the Dash “A” route. Finally, we are along the following
bus lines: 2, 4, 40, 42, 45, 46, 76, 78, 83, 84, 376, 378 and 489. Our street
address is 301 W. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Where can I park if I come down to the Library?
The Library has no designated parking lot. As we are close to many courthouses,
there are many commercial parking lots in the surrounding areas. Rates can
range from $3.00 to $20.00 per day.
Can I borrow books from the Library?
Yes, it is easy to sign up to borrow materials from the Library. There are a few
borrower categories; you must complete a library card application which requires
picture ID and a
What type of legal materials does the library have?
We are the largest truly public law library in the country. While a primary focus
is California, we have materials from all 50 states and over 250 foreign countries.
We collect materials such as codes and cases, secondary treatises that help analyze
the law, legal encyclopedias, form books, appellate briefs, legislative history
information, law reviews, and legal magazines and newspapers.
What are the rules for using a Library computer?
All Public PC Stations are for legal research
purposes only and available on a first come, first served basis. Users must
sign-in to use a Public PC Station using their own library card*. Access to the
Law Library’s electronic resources, including the Internet, is available from designated
Public PC Stations during regular library hours ending fifteen (15) minutes before
Users may access the Public PC Stations for up to two sessions per day, with a time
limit of up to one hour per session for Public PC Database Stations and 20 minutes
per session for Public PC Internet Stations. A user may not sign-in on more than
one Public PC Station at a time. If all Public PC Stations are in use, the user
must wait for the next available Public PC Station to become free using the self-serve
* A new LA Law Library card application must be completed prior to use.
Do you have trial court information or divorce records?
Unfortunately, we do not have ready access to trial court information. For specific
case information, you need to contact the specific courthouse where the case took
place or access information through the LA Superior Court website at http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org
Can you answer my legal question?
As librarians, we can help you find legal information that will help you answer
your question. If we do not have the information, we may be able to direct you to
a place to find answers. We are not attorneys so cannot provide legal advice
such as helping you fill out forms or interpret the law.
Where can I get a list of classes that the Library
The library regularly holds classes for both the general public and attorneys. To
view available classes check out our training page
for more information.
Do you have copy machines?
Yes, the Main Library has 4 photocopy machines available for the public. Copies
are 15 cents for each exposure. To use the machines, a new LA Law Library card is