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The latest updates on the evolving COVID-19 policies and resources for the campus community.

Authorized Library Users:

The Library strives to make the collection conveniently available to all who are authorized to use it. We are open to all CWSL affiliated patrons. This includes:

  • CWSL faculty, trustees, students, graduates, and staff.

  • Members of the Bar and their designated assistants

  • Students and faculty from other law schools with whom CWSL has reciprocal use agreements

  • Students enrolled in joint programs with CWSL, and UCSD and SDSU students and faculty

Patrons may be asked to provide identification to Staff or Security Guards when making use of the Library and or its services during normal, weekday operating hours.  Identification is required after 6PM on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays.

Authorized library patrons may bring a guest. The guest must sign in at the Security desk. Children in the company of a CWSL student parent are allowed in the Library. Please call Reference if you have any questions regarding access.


General Library Rules:

To ensure fair and comfortable use of the Library, we ask that all patrons abide by the Library's rules and procedures. The Library reserves the right to revoke access privileges to anyone who fails to abide by these rules or who engages in inappropriate or unprofessional conduct. Furthermore, California Western students may be subject to disciplinary action under the Code of Student Professional Conduct if they fail to abide by these rules.

  • Patrons must comport themselves in a professional and responsible manner at all times.

  • Patrons may bring non-alcoholic drinks in covered containers into the Library. Eating, drinking from non-covered containers, drinking alcoholic beverages, and the use of tobacco products are not permitted in the Library. Exception: drinks are not allowed in the Computer Lab.

  • Please be a good citizen: clean up spills and throw your trash into the container on each floor. Please report spills which require cleanup by maintenance staff to the circulation desk attendant or reference librarian immediately.

  • Please be quiet in all reading and study areas. Please turn cell phones and pagers to vibrate before entering the Library, and lower volume on laptops.

  • Personal items, including briefcases, equipment, books, coats, purses and wallets should not be left unattended. We do not provide assigned carrels so please be considerate and remove all items each day when leaving the library. Items left may be picked up by the Security Guard. Anything turned in to the Library staff is given to the Security Guard.

  • Use of typewriters is not permitted in the Library.

  • Our telephones are not for patron use, and we do not have a paging system; however, in an actual emergency we will do our best to reach an individual in the Library.

    • There is a pay phone in the copier room on the Second Floor.

    • For internal CWSL communication, a phone is also available in the Second Floor copier room.

    • Cell phones are not to be used in the Library.


Policy on Responding to Warrants and Subpoenas

 It is the policy of the CWSL Library to protect the confidentiality of Library patrons to the extent permitted under state and federal laws.  The Library must comply with all lawfully issued court orders and subpoenas properly served upon it and furnish the documents and materials specifically listed in a lawfully issued court order or subpoena.

  1. It is further understood that compliance with validly issued court orders does not eliminate the right of the School of challenge their issuance in proper legal matter.
  2. The Library will seek the advice of the School's General Counsel on all requests for searches of Library records, on the scope and content of the applicable laws pertaining to that particular search, and on compliance with the search of Library and patron records.
  3. A Library employee or volunteer may disclose the contents of an electronic communication and/or information about a patron to law enforcement officials if he or she reasonably believes that an emergency involving immediate danger of death or serious physical injury requires disclosure without delay.  She or he may rely upon the assertions of the law enforcement agent or officer as to the situation.
  4. Library records which may be the focus of law enforcement requests include electronic, print, and other forms of patron information.  The Library needs to retain specific information for the regular operation of library business.  Archives of information that reveal identities of individuals are kept only when clearly necessary.
  5. Each department in the Library is responsible for adherence to these policies and procedures.  All Library personnel, including student assistants, are to be fully informed on this policy and procedure and on their own role if such situations arise.  The policy is posted on the Library website, the bulletin boards in the Library copy rooms, and on the staff bulletin boards in the Library.