Law Library: About



Mon - Thu: 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri: 7:30 am - 9 pm
10 am - 7 pm
Sun: 10 am - 10:30 pm

Holiday and special hours during law school final exams are posted on the home page.



The entrance to the Golden Gate University Libraries is located on the first floor of our San Francisco Campus.



The Law and Business Libraries are open to Golden Gate University students, faculty, staff, and select other groups. Generally, all patrons entering the Library must use a current Golden Gate University ID or access card to enter through the security gate. Law students will have priority during finals on the Law Library Plaza and Basement floors generally, for quiet study space.



Patrons who may use the library without a current access card include:
  • Those requesting use of Federal and California depository documents.
  • ABA-approved Bay Area law students, faculty and administrators with school identification. Student ID from other law schools must be for the current term. (Reciprocal access must be available to GGU students and faculty). ABA-approved law non-bay area law students can access the law library with special permission from the Law Library Director or Associate Director.
  • Judges and court administrators with appropriate identification.
  • Other individuals may purchase a day pass for $10, or a weekly pass for $45 from the Law Library. These passes do not include borrowing privileges.



  • See: The Alumni Services & Benefits Page
  • All GGU alumni with a valid GGU Alumni Library card from the Law or Business Libraries may enter either library and use or check-out circulating materials
  • GGU alumni may use the libraries free of charge for two years following graduation.
  • Access after the first two years requires payment of $25 annual fee.
  • Access to fee-based databases is restricted to GGU students and faculty.
  • No Access to the group study spaces is permitted (group study rooms are for currently enrolled students only)
  • LIBRARY ALUMNI CARDS (inquire at the Circulation Desk)
  • Alumni with student ID Cards are converted to Alumni Library Cards.
  • Alumni with no cards are issued an alumni library card (requires application).
  • Alumni are charged $10 for a replacement card.



  • Students, Staff and faculty who would like to bring guests to the Library are welcome to do so but not on a continual basis.
  • Guests are required to sign in and should not remain in the library beyond when their host leaves.



The Business library web site provides links to a variety of resources of interest to researchers. The online public access catalog provides links to documents that are available online. Access to fee-based databases is restricted to university students, faculty, and staff. The library provides wireless Internet access for students, faculty, and staff.

All access to the law library legal databases is contractually restricted to law students and law faculty. Users will be prompted to logi n with their last name and GGU Law ID number (found on your ID card) whether accessing these databases from on or off campus



Golden Gate University Law Library has been a selective Federal depository since 1979, as well as a depository for selected government publications of the State of California. Our in-house collection includes documents published by the judiciary, the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, Executive agencies, the Department of Labor, as well as many others. Golden Gate University Law Library complies with Title 44, §1911 of the United States Code by allowing the general public entrance to the law library without charge to use the depository materials. Our online catalog also lists many government documents available over the Internet. Our web site links suggest the best sites to find government information available online for federal, state, international, and foreign levels of government. We also provide direct links to the Federal Depository Library Program Electronic Collection.

Members of the public seeking entrance to the Golden Gate University Law Library for the purpose of accessing government documents must sign a log-in binder at the Circulation Desk. A Reference Librarian is available during Reference Desk hours to assist the public in the use of government documents.

Visit the Government Documents Page



The Law and Business Libraries invite prospective members to consider the economic advantages of expanding their access to library resources through participation in the Golden Gate Library Membership program. Golden Gate University alumni may join at a reduced rate. All the information is available on our Business Library Services page.

The Law Library invites prospective members to consider the economic advantages of vastly expanding their law library resources through participation in Golden Gate membership program. Golden Gate University School of Law alumni may join at a reduced rate. All the information is available on our Law Library Services page.



  • All current Golden Gate University students, faculty, staff and Alumni members can borrow circulating materials.
  • GGU faculty can check-out non-circulating materials with permission of a librarian.
  • Loan periods vary depending on material type and subject area.
  • Circulating Materials can be checked out from the main level or plaza level of the library.
  • Reserve materials must be checked out and returned from their respective areas (Law-Plaza Level), (Business -Main level)



  • Conduct Generally -- The GGU Libraries strive to provide a welcoming, comfortable and safe environment for study and research. Any behavior which is deemed to be disruptive to the orderly operation of the libraries is not permitted.
  • There is a two-hour time limit for each room, although they can be renewed for another two hours if no one else is waiting. A "group" consists of two or more persons.
  • The Law Library Plaza & Basement Levels -- Law students will have priority during law school finals on the Law Library Plaza and Basement floors generally, for quiet study space.
  • Computer Lab Use -- Use of the computer labs is restricted to Golden Gate University students only. No food or drink is permitted in the computer lab.
  • Food & Drink Generally -- Food and drink are permitted in the libraries, but under no circumstances should consumption of food or drink interfere with the ability of others to conduct their work.
  • Cell Phones and other devices -- Cell Phones and other devices are permitted in the libraries as long as they do not disrupt the ability of others to conduct their work.
  • Noise Zones -- The uppermost level of the library spaces will routinely have a higher noise level than the lower two levels. For those seeking a conversational level of noise it is best to choose the entrance-level floor or a study room. For those seeking quieter areas choose the lower two levels of the library spaces. It is imperative that respect for these zones be observed.


Michael Daw

Associate Dean and Director, Professor of Law

BA, History and Political Science, Valparaiso University; JD, Valparaiso University; MLIS, San Jose State University.

Michael is Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library. He specializes in International and Tax Legal Research. He joined the library staff at Golden Gate in 1994 and served as the Electronic Formats Librarian until 1999. Before coming to Golden Gate, Michael practiced law, primarily in the tax field and later as litigation support in a landlord-tenant firm. In addition to his library duties, Michael teaches a variety of research courses, including Tax Research (LLM Tax), Graduate Legal Research (LLM, US Legal Studies), eSearch (Advanced Legal Research), and occasionally California Legal Research. He also helps introduce first year students to computer-assisted legal research during their hands-on Lexis, Westlaw, and Internet sessions each spring. He was appointed Interim Co-Director of the Law Library in 2006 and hired as Director effective July 1, 2007.

Mohamed Nasralla

Assistant Director, Public Services, Adjunct Professor

BS, International Relations, Chico State University; BA, History, Chico State University; JD, Golden Gate University School of Law; LLM in International Law, Golden Gate University School of Law.

While in law school Mohamed interned with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco and worked pro-bono for the Center after graduating law school for several years doing mostly asylum and deportation defense. After graduating from law school, Mohamed practiced in a mid-size litigation firm in San Francisco. In 1989 he joined the law library staff and now does reference and research, and oversees the Public and Technical Services Departments. Mohamed has over 20 years of Immigration law experience and serves as a mentor to many Golden Gate law alums who go on to practice in that area. He is a member of the GGU Law faculty and has been teaching GGU law students on exam-writing techniques and various substantive law courses since 1990. He was appointed Interim Co-Director of the Law Library in 2006 and made Assistant Director July 1, 2007.



Janet Fischer

Administrator of the Digital Commons | Collection Development | Inter-library Loans | Government Documents Librarian

BA, History, College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA; MLIS, San Jose State University, School of Library and Information Science.

Janet joined the Golden Gate University Law Library staff in June, 2002. After receiving her MLIS in 1996, she worked as the Assistant Director at the San Mateo County Law Library until joining our staff. Prior to that, for approximately eleven years she worked in the insurance industry. Along with Collection Development, Government Documents, inter-library loan, and reference desk responsibilities, Janet also keeps the library's web site up to date and is the Administrator for our Digital Commons.

Jennifer Pesetsky

Reference and Electronic Services Librarian, Adjunct Professor

BA, Legal Studies & Conservation and Research Studies, University of California at Berkeley; JD, Willamette University; MLIS, San Jose State University.

Prior to joining the GGU staff, Jennifer worked as a librarian in law firms including Heller Ehrman, Reed Smith, and Morrison & Foerster. In her law firm work, Jennifer has taught courses, given presentations and researched a broad range of issues. She also worked as a librarian in Washington, DC at both National Public Radio and the Law Library of Congress. In law school, she received a Certificate in Dispute Resolution in addition to her JD. Jennifer joined the staff at GGU in the fall of 2011.



Hadi Amjadi

Systems Librarian

BA, Computer Science, Chaminade University; MLIS, San Jose State University.

Hadi joined the staff of the Golden Gate University libraries in September, 2004, after working for more than five years as an educational technology and computer support specialist at Santa Clara University School of Law. Prior to Santa Clara, he held the position of Systems Librarian at the Graduate Theological Union Library in Berkeley.

Shannon Blue

Head of Technical Services

BA, History and Asian Studies, Augustana College; MLIS, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, School of Information Studies.

Shannon joined the Golden Gate Law Library Staff in September, 2015. Finishing her MLIS in 2012, she went on to become Technical Services and Administrative Librarian for the San Mateo County Law Library for three years, completing a reclassification and shifting project of all print materials.

Susan Campanelli

Technical Services Assistant

Sandy Farmer

Cataloging Assistant

Sophia Korver

Serials Assistant