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SPECIAL ACCESS CARD
Policy & Benefits of the Paid Special Access Card
The University of San Francisco is a private, Jesuit institution, and the
Dorraine Zief Law Library is a private research library for the University of
San Francisco community. As a private institution, the Zief Law Library
formerly offered free access to California Bar members as well as law students
of ABA-accredited institutions.
Due to the changing legal environment, we have reconsidered our Access
Policies. We will be offering a paid Special Access Card to non-alumni
licensed attorneys in good standing with any state Bar in the United
States. We will also offer a paid Special Access Card to non-alumni
studying for the Bar who hold an ABA-accredited law school ID card.
This new program begins June 1, 2014. Applications are available at the circulation desk.
Licensed Attorney / $400 per year: Non-alumni licensed attorneys in
good standing with any state Bar in the United States, (including active or
inactive members of the California Bar) may purchase a Special Access Card. We
will need your firm name (if applicable), your Bar Number, and a valid
government ID. The card is valid for one year from date on application.
Bar Study for Non-Alumni / $50 per exam: Law graduates with
an ABA-accredited law school ID card, the expected date of the Bar Exam, and a
valid government ID may purchase a Special Access Card. This card is
valid for approximately two months, depending on date of purchase. This
does not apply to current law students with a valid ABA-accredited law school
Why are we going to charge fees to attorneys ($400 per year) & non-alumni
bar studiers ($50 per exam)?
- It is extremely costly to deliver the wealth of legal
research resources available at the law library. We simply must
recoup some of our costs.
- We have offered a wonderful, safe facility (use of
computers, copiers/printers, power, restrooms, lights, maintenance,
staffing, etc.) with wireless Internet access, WestlawNext Bar Patron
Access (that costs us well over $10,000 a year), and use of the entire law
library collection (digital and print) at no charge. Unfortunately,
we cannot offer these privileges for free any longer.
- As the legal industry continues to bounce back in a
difficult economy, law firms, judges and academics know many changes
must be made to stay on track and up-to-date in our rapidly changing
- Many other Bay Area law schools charge for access to
their law libraries.
- Many of our patrons are working attorneys who bill
their clients. This is a business expense.
What if I don't want to pay any
We are happy to share a list of free Bay Area law, government document, and
specialized libraries with you at the circulation desk.
I am a USF Law Graduate. Do I have to pay a fee?
No. USF Law Alumni are exempt from this fee! Alumni will have to sign in
on the iPad at the circulation desk.
I am a current USF undergraduate. Do I have to pay a fee?
No. You are part of the USF community! You are welcome to study at the
law library, except during our law school exam periods.
I am a current law student at an ABA-accredited institution. Do I have to
pay a fee?
No. You may study here until you graduate, except during our law school exam
- If you want to study here for the bar, after graduation, you will be
require to pay a fee. You must sign in on the iPad.
What privileges do I get if I join?
- On-site access to the Zief Law Library
collection. No circulation / borrowing privileges.
- Wireless Internet access, including access from
any of our public computers or your own laptop.
- On-site access to some proprietary databases to which
the library subscribes. Due to vendor-imposed licensing agreements
and limitations, off-campus access is prohibited. (Please note that
some digital resources, such as Lexis, are not available on-site to
- WestlawNext Bar Patron Access (per vendor
- Use of library desks, carrel space and facilities. No
Access to Group Study Rooms or Classrooms.
- Scanning is available for free by using a USB
drive. Printing is available by putting money on a USF copy/print
- Research strategy consultations with Research
Librarians, subject to our Legal Research Service Policies at: usfca.edu/law/library/policies/reference/.
No. Borrowing privileges are not included. All material must be used in
the law library.
How do I get a Special Access Card?
Visitors should apply in person at the Circulation Desk at the Zief Law
Library. One of the full-time circulation desk employees will need to be present. We regret we cannot process information if there are only student workers on the Circulation Desk.
- Registration procedures must be completed and all applicable fees must
be paid by credit card.
- We will take your picture for your new USF ID with our webcam.
- The library will grant one week of access until your USF ID card is sent to Zief from USF's OneCard Office, at which time you can pick up your ID at the Circulation Desk.
Do I have to go to Lone Mountain to pick up my card?
No, you will be able to pick up your USF ID card at the Circulation Desk approximately one week after applying.
Can I lend my card to someone else?
No. The Zief Law Library Special Access card is intended for use solely by the
person whose name appears on the card.
How long is the card valid for?
The Special Access Card is valid through the expiration date on the card.
Special Access Cards are the property of USF and must be returned to the
library after expiration.
How do I renew my card?
Applicable fees must be paid in full at the time of a renewal request.
Cards are renewed at the discretion of the library.
Whom do I contact for further information?
If you need further assistance, please call 415-422-6679 or ask at the Circulation Desk.
Can I lose my Special Access Privilege?
Yes. The Library reserves the right to refuse or revoke access
privileges for individuals in any category.
- A Special Access Card is non-transferable and non-refundable.
All Zief Law Library rules, regulations and policies must be followed.
They are available at: usfca.edu/law/library/policies.
Please see the Circulation Desk for an APPLICATION FOR A SPECIAL ACCESS CARD
Access for persons above does not include circulation privileges; all materials
must be used in the library.
The Zief Law Library does not provide access to anyone who is not in the above
categories (such as students from non-USF undergraduate or graduate programs,
paralegal programs, or law schools not accredited by the ABA).
Zief Access Policies, including this Special Access Card policy, are intended
to help ensure the safety of our patrons and the security of the building and
its contents. Zief Law Library reserves the right to decline or revoke access
privileges, including removing any individual who causes disruption or poses a
threat to library staff, other patrons, or the security of the library's