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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, Zief Law Library offers paid access for California Bar members, and recent law graduates
of ABA-accredited institutions who are studying for the bar.
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
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 wish to use our library to study for the bar exam after you graduate from law school, you must pay a fee and 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.