The LA Law Library maintains the largest public law library collection in the country. Meeting the needs of the practitioner and researcher, the collection contains 770,000
print volumes, 237,600 microform equivalent volumes, and local, national, and international
electronic database access.
This comprehensive collection is both current and
historical in nature. It consists of primary law and secondary sources for United
States federal, state, and territorial jurisdictions. With a strong emphasis on
the practitioner, secondary materials include practice guides, form books, and bar
materials. Of particular note in the exhaustive California collection is the most complete public print collection of California appellate briefs in the state.
Foreign and International
Known as one of the best in the country,
this collection contains primary law for more than 300 countries, secondary source and practice material for over 100 countries, and access to foreign law databases.
The collection is both in English and native language formats.
Federal / California Depository
The LA Law Library is a selective depository for both Federal and California government documents. The U.S. Government
Printing Office (GPO) collection includes print and electronic access to Executive
Agency and Congressional hearings and reports. The California materials include
Assembly and Senate Journals, bills and analysis, and a Voter Ballot Pamphlet Collection.
Rare Books / Archives
Approximately 7,500 items comprise the collection
incorporating book volumes, papers, correspondence, and other historical data. The
collection includes several incunabula. Also found are documents on the history
of the legal community in Southern California and the history of the LA Law Library.
Because of the fragile nature of these materials, they are accessible only with
letters of reference and advance permission.