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Our law librarians and volunteer lawyers do a fantastic job of addressing our patronsʼ legal needs. But LA Law Library recognizes that our patrons often have other service needs as well. We invite you to meet with our Community Resource Specialist who will help you access services, benefits and support. Make an appointment today!

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LA Law Library offers many ways to get help with your legal issue. In addition to our Reference Desk and valuable print and electronic resources, we also offer live and on-demand classes and other events. Attend classes covering the basics of your legal issue, receive hands-on assistance at legal workshops, or take advantage of opportunities to ask an attorney questions specific to your situation.

  • Live Zoom & In-Person:  See a list of our upcoming live events, including both live Zoom (remote) and in-person classes. Register to reserve your spot.
  • On-Demand: Browse our past Zoom and pre-recorded classes. Watch on our website, and register to receive course materials.
  • Special Events: Check back regularly and join our email list to learn about upcoming special events like Pro Bono Week, Law Day, Constitution Day, and more.

In-Depth Instruction:

Our experienced and knowledgeable instructors and volunteers cover everyday and specialized legal topics to get you the information you need.

Reserve your spot and start getting the legal information you need!



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The Members Program provides attorneys with advanced forms of legal research. 

Join the Members Program and Start Saving Today!

The LA Law Library Members Program provides a physical and virtual home for legal researchers looking for affordable access to an unprecedented law collection, legal databases and work and meeting space adjacent to the downtown courthouses.

Every member enjoys core membership benefits that have made the program so successful in its goal of serving the legal community. These include access to the Members Study, unlimited use of on-site databases like Lexis Advance and Westlaw, access to select remote databases and discounted E-delivery, room rental, MCLE classes and other services.

For more information on the program, see the page for Prospective Members.

Join the Members Program and Start Saving Today!

Please contact us to join the more than 300 attorneys who have discovered the benefits of the LA Law Library Members Program.

Members Program benefits

Every membership type enjoys the core membership benefits, which include:

  • Private study while at the Main Library in Downtown Los Angeles. (The Main Library is located directly across the street from the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, the new United States Dictrict Court, and adjacent to the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Courthouse.)
  • Unlimited access to the library’s on-site databases including: Lexis Advance, Westlaw, CEB Onlaw, Foreign Law Guide, and Wolters Kluwer Cheetah
  • On-demand, remote Portal Access to highly coveted legal research databases: Fastcase, HeinOnline, Infotrac (including Legaltrac), LLMC Digital, SmartRules, and Wolters Kluwer Law and Business (Corporate and Tax)
  • Discounted e-Delivery (“we bring the library to you!” )
  • Practical, timely MCLE classes at a discount
  • Customized legal research training for Members and their staff
  • Fifty percent off private conference room and convenient personal office space

Depending upon the membership level you select, you can also enjoy:

  • On-site parking
  • Personalized reference librarian with "direct-line" contact support
Which Membership Level Is Right for Me?

The Members Program gives you the flexibility to choose the membership benefits that best suit your needs. Members may choose to join or renew as Gold, Silver, or Bronze level Members. Large firms may also wish to inquire about the Platinum level Membership, which provides unlimited access to the extensive LA Law Library Collection, expedited response time, and a concierge Platinum Reference Librarian.

While every member enjoys the core membership benefits, by selecting among Gold, Silver, and Bronze memberships, you have the freedom to choose the remaining benefits and price level that are right for you.  

  • Bronze Membership ($195* per year) – Bronze members receive the core membership benefits at a very affordable annual rate.
  • Silver Membership ($495* per year) – In addition to the Bronze level benefits, Silver Members receive 30 parking sessions per membership year, subject to availability and reservation rules. In addition, Silver Members have direct access to the Members Reference phone line and email address for expedited reference service and E-delivery.
  • Gold Membership ($995* per year) – In addition to the Bronze level benefits, Gold Members receive unlimited parking in the Members Parking Lot, subject to availability and reservation rules. In addition, Gold Members have direct access to the Members Reference phone line and email address for expedited reference service and E-delivery.

*An additional security deposit may be required.

Click here to read our Members borrowing rules.

For additional information, a tour, free day pass, or to sign up for the program, please contact Members Services at 213.785.2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or click below!

Members Program Information

Your first stop at the LA Law Library!

Our Circulation staff makes library cards available to anyone over 18 with a valid ID. Obtain a free Non-Borrower card for use of our public PCs and photocopiers or upgrade to one of our Borrower categories to take books home with you!

The Circulation Department assists patrons with daily transactions such as obtaining a library card, check in and check out of library materials, renewal of checked out materials, availability of a specific item, assistance with borrowing and fines & fees policies, as well as limited assistance with our Public Terminals.


Obtain an LA Law Library card
    • Present a valid ID and gain access to dozens of legal databases
    • Use your card at our Copy Center, no need to bring coins!


Activate borrowing privileges with a deposit
      • Request an E-Delivery now, we’ll bill you later
      • Take circulating  primary and secondary materials for Federal Law and all 50 states to your home or office


Save time
    • Request that we have your books ready for pick up
    • A quick call will give you extra time to use the materials checked out  to meet that deadline (*subject to hold requests) 



Ask Circulation a brief question by phone at (213) 785-2529 option 2 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Are you interested in borrowing materials from LA Law Library?

Don't let your legal research stop when you leave the library. LA Law Library has an extensive collection of current and historical legal materials. If you want to borrow materials, you are required to fill out an application, show a valid government identification card and leave a deposit.

Patrons can register with the library, leave a refundable deposit and borrow materials from LA Law Library's extensive collection. Please review all of the details and requirements in our borrowing rules.


  • Don't let your research stop when you leave the library
  • Borrow up to seven items at one time for five days (please see borrowing rules for complete information)
  • Renewals can be made in person or by phone at 213-785-2529


  • Extensive legal materials covering any area of law are available for borrowing
  • Call ahead and request materials to be placed on hold to expedite check out

Click here to read our borrowing rules.

Click here to download an application.

Save time by completing a borrower application prior to your visit!

Effective November 1, 2021

Per California Business and Professions Code § 6360, the LA Law Library is open to the public and free for the examination of books and other publications at the library; this includes free use of the library's online legal research databases. LA Law Library cardholders must be 18 years of age or older with valid ID*.


A Non-Borrower library card allows patrons to access the Public Terminal Computers and photocopiers. Library cards must be presented in order to use available resources. Library cards are subject to a replacement charge as stated in the current schedule of fees and charges approved by the Board of Trustees ("Schedule of Fees and Charges"). Users must agree to the Computer Usage Policy.

The following Borrowing Rules apply to individuals and entities wishing to check out materials from the library.


To borrow books and materials: (1) complete the Borrower Registration Application; (2) submit the appropriate Security Deposit; and (3) pay any additional established and approved charges.

Any subsequent changes to a Borrower's account must be made in writing. Library cards are solely for the use of the person for whom they are issued and must be presented at checkout.


Books and materials may be borrowed from the LA Law Library in accordance with the following Borrowing Rules.


  • Individual –Photo identification with current name and current address is required.*
  • Corporate – any law firm, corporate legal department, public interest law office, corporation or other business entity. A corporate borrower may identify, in writing, partners, associates or other employees as designated borrowers. Fines and charges accrued will be the responsibility of the corporate borrower.
  • Judicial – any judge, commissioner, magistrate judge or referee of a State or Federal court located in Los Angeles County. A judicial borrower may identify, in writing, research attorneys, law clerks or other employees who do work of a legal nature in the performance of their duties.
  • Government – any elected or appointed State, Federal, County, Municipal, special district official or government office who maintains an office in Los Angeles County. A government borrower may identify, in writing, associates or other employees who do work of a legal nature in the performance of his/her duties.
  • Reduced Deposit – any individual who presents a court-approved "Waiver of Court Fees and Costs" for a specific, currently pending legal action in any State or Federal court within Los Angeles County in which they are a party. Photo identification with current name and current address is required.* A reduced deposit account expires 90 days after resolution of the case.
  • Special Promotion Borrower –  Any person eligible due to a special promotion offered by the LA Law Library. Photo identification with current name and current address is required.*


*Photo Identification: A current California driver's license or an ID card issued by the DMV. If no driver's license or ID card has been issued by the DMV, a registrant may use a current Passport, a School ID card, or other government-issued ID together with proof of a current United States address.


An Individual, Corporate, Judicial, or Government Borrower may, in writing, designate persons or services to function as messengers to retrieve and return books for the Borrower upon payment of any applicable fees as set forth in the Schedule of Fees and Charges. The messenger must present proper identification when borrowing materials. The Borrower will be responsible for all fines and charges. Designated services or persons acting as messengers must be renewed on an annual basis, July 1 – June 30, at the rate set forth in the Schedule of Fees and Charges.


The appropriate security deposit for each borrower category will be collected and placed in a trust account with the treasurer of the county (Cal. Bus. § Prof. Code § 6320). Any interest earned on the trust account will be paid to the Law Library and used for its expenses.

No sooner than two (2) weeks after the return of all borrowed materials, a Borrower may request in writing a refund of a security deposit, less any outstanding fines or charges. Borrowing privileges will cease upon receipt of the written request for refund of the security deposit. Refund of the security deposit will be issued in the form of a check. The security deposit is non-transferrable.

After three (3) years of inactivity on an account, any security deposit that remains unclaimed despite notice to the Borrower's address on file will become the property of LA Law Library (Gov. Code, § 50050).


Reference staff is available to suggest materials in print or electronic format on a particular topic and to arrange for those materials to be placed on hold, or sent to the Borrower via e-delivery, messenger service or UPS. However, LA Law Library does not provide legal advice (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 6125). LA Law Library provides legal resources and assistance with legal research as an informational and educational service.


Circulation staff are available during Library open hours to help Borrowers as follows: (1) review a Borrower's record; (2) provide a list of items checked out; (3) identify due dates for items checked out; (4) provide a status report on items requested to be reserved; and (5) provide a status report on any fines or charges that are owed.


Library materials that circulate are loaned for five (5) days. Individual, Judicial, Government, and Reduced Deposit Borrowers may check out and have up to 7 items in their possession at any one time. Corporate borrowers may check out and have up to 20 items in their possession at any one time. A maximum of five (5) non-book items may be checked out at any given time.

Library materials may be returned in person or through a book drop at the Main Library. A freestanding book drop is located at the driveway entrance on Broadway.

Library staff may grant special loans for items that do not circulate as a courtesy to registered borrowers. Decisions are made by the Patron Services staff and factors considered include, but are not limited to, borrower history and physical condition, uniqueness, age and popularity of the item. Special Loans must be returned to the Circulation desk by the date and time indicated at checkout.

A borrower may not borrow an item on the same day in which it is returned.

If a Borrower fails to return an item within 30 days after its due date, his/her borrowing privileges will be suspended.


Items that circulate may be renewed a maximum of two (2) times. However, items may not be renewed if there is a pending “hold” on the item. If the item is overdue at the time of renewal, the standard overdue fine will be assessed. Special loan items may not be renewed.

Materials may be renewed in person or over the phone by calling 213-785-2529.


If materials are returned or renewed late, overdue fines will be assessed at the rate set forth in the Schedule of Fees and Charges . Failure to pay accrued fines may result in the Borrower’s account being suspended and/or turned over to a collection agency.

Library materials are not due on Sundays or on holidays when the Library is closed, but such days will count as days of the circulation period and for calculation of overdue fines.

If Library material is overdue for more than 30 days, the item(s) will be deemed lost and replacement steps initiated. Replacement costs as set forth in the Schedule of Fees and Charges will be assessed and added to the overdue fines.

A Borrower who reports an item as lost, and who confirms the loss in writing, will be charged the amount of the fines accrued at the time of the initial report, plus the replacement cost and the processing charge. If an item deemed lost is returned before a replacement is ordered, the charges will be reduced to the overdue fines as stated in the Schedule of Fees and Charges.

Books and materials lost but later found remain property of the LA Law Library and must be returned, even if they have been replaced. No credit adjustments will be made for a lost item returned after a replacement has been ordered.

An item which, in the judgment of the Library Director or his/her designee, is significantly damaged or defaced will be deemed lost unless it may be suitably repaired, in which case a charge equal to the cost of making repairs will be made against the Borrower.

Judicial Borrowers will be responsible for all charges other than fines.

Under Federal law, library fines are not eligible for dismissal in bankruptcy (11 USC 523(a)(7)).

The Library will charge for replacement library cards at the rate established in the Schedule of Fees and Charges.


If a Borrower fails to return library materials or to pay the due amount of fines or charges within 30 days of a mailed invoice, all borrowing privileges will be suspended until the amount due is paid. If the outstanding amount is not paid within 30 days following the date of the suspension, the amount owed will be deducted from the Borrower’s Security Deposit. Borrowing privileges will remain suspended until the outstanding amount is paid. If the outstanding amount is greater than the Security Deposit, the entire deposit will be taken and the Borrower’s account will be closed.

For Special Promotion Borrowers who were not required to provide a Security Deposit, accrual of unpaid fines or charges in excess of the standard deposit for individuals or failure to pay fines or charges within 30 days of a mailed invoice will result in account closure.

A Borrower whose borrowing privileges have been suspended or whose account has been closed, including those whose accounts have been transferred to a collections agency, will not qualify for another borrowing category until the suspension has been removed, outstanding amounts have been paid in full and the Security Deposit has been made whole.

A Borrower whose borrowing privileges have been suspended or whose account has been closed may, in writing, request the return of their security deposit, less any fines or charges accrued, at any time within three (3) years after their borrowing privileges have ceased. Any balance of the Security Deposit remaining and not requested in writing at the end of the three (3) years will become the property of the LA Law Library.

Borrowing Rules in PDF available here.


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