We are one of the few public law libraries throughout the United States that allow our materials to circulate. Unlike regular City & County libraries, our materials are narrowly focused (specific to the law) and costly (costing $30 to $400 per volume).
In San Diego County, we are the only public resource for access to legal materials. We feel it is important that the community have the opportunity to use our print materials at home and access some databases remotely.
However, it is costly to purchase print materials and licensing agreements for remote database use, process the materials into our catalog, purchase & upgrade software to track borrowers, and have staff available to administer a borrowers program. Thus, we need to charge for this service to help recover costs. We hope you enjoy this privilege and thank you for supporting our ability to circulate materials.
Check Out Materials In-Person
The Downtown location is open limited hours for in person services and circulation of materials.
Our Pick-Up SDLL book circulation program allows you to reserve items and check them out. Books will be ready to pick-up at the Information Desk.
Renewals & Fines
Use your library card and our online renewal system to view & renew items. Note that you cannot renew an item if another patron has placed a hold on the material.
Overdue fines accrue at $2 per day, per item.
NOTE: We will block your account when fines reach $10, or when any fine is 90 days old. You must pay the full fine to unblock the account. If you are experiencing a financial hardship and cannot timely pay your fines, or if you have other questions, please send us an an email at firstname.lastname@example.org