SDLL may be temporarily closed, but we still have plenty of information available online to assist you with your legal research needs!

A great place to start your legal research is our Self-Help Center. The Self-Help Center consolidates information on our most frequently requested legal issues. Each topic has a collection of library-created guides, local legal clinics, fillable PDF forms created by the California and San Diego Superior Courts, Self-Help videos, and online, electronic, and library resources that can assist you.

The next stop in your legal research journey is our Research & Motions Guides webpage. Use the Research Guides as an aid for starting your legal research. They recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. The Motion Guides are general examples of common legal documents.

Our most used Motion Guide is the Pleading Paper which is a basic Word Document formatted for the San Diego Superior Court that can be edited to become any legal document that you need it to be. All of our motions should be edited to add information unique to your circumstances. Word processing skills and knowledge specific to your situation are required to adapt these examples.

We have also compiled a list of Free Legal Websites. Included in this are legal search engines, lists for San Diego, California, and Federal resources, and local and national pro bono and self-help legal sites.

The NOLO database is also available online to residents of San Diego County. This database contains information on a multitude of legal issues, including California specific information. If you have come in to the library and used books like “How to Probate an Estate in California,” or “Fight Your Ticket and Win in California,” you will be happy to know you can access these same titles, chapter by chapter from the database. The NOLO database does require a user name (sandiego) and a password (ca), which are also listed in the text box on the login screen.

For the duration of the library’s closure, we are providing special access to Gale Legal Forms Database for our Benefit Package holders. This database provides access to over 10,000 transaction forms specific to California. To acquire your log in, please call the reference desk at either (619) 531-3900 or (760) 940-4386.

And, as always, our reference law librarians are available  from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm on Friday, and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday via telephone, email, or our statewide chat feature.  Please keep checking our website and emails for further information.