Law Library Borrowing Privileges
In order to obtain Law Library borrowing privileges, Visiting Scholars must present their yellow Visiting Scholar form to the Patron Services Manager. Visiting Scholars can register during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.).
Borrowing privileges in the Law Library are for circulating material only. Circulating material is checked out to patrons for a 4-week period of time. Visiting Scholars may not check out law journals, case reporters, statutes, or any other non-circulating material for use outside the Law Library. The library has a number of self-service scanners that can be used within the library.
The Law Library registration covers borrowing privileges for the Law Library only. For borrowing privileges at all other campus libraries, Visiting Scholars should go to the Main Library circulation desk to register.
Because of space limitations, the library cannot provide carrels or offices for visiting Scholars. Any books left in library carrels or on library tables will be reshelved.
Lexis and Westlaw Access
Who is eligible for Lexis and Westlaw passwords?
Law School Visiting Scholars are eligible for Lexis and Westlaw passwords during their stay at Boalt. Visiting Scholars from other UCB departments are not eligible for passwords from the Law School.
How can I apply for my Lexis and Westlaw passwords?
Please contact either Lauren Webb (Director of Visiting Scholars Program and Administrator of the ICLC, exchange program) or Rosann Greenspan (Executive Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society), who will submit a request for Lexis and Westlaw passwords.
What computers can I use for Lexis and Westlaw?
Lexis and Westlaw are Internet-based systems. They can be accessed from any computer with a web browser.
At the Law Library, the public service terminals located on LL1 and LL2 of the law library can be used for Lexis and Westlaw as well as a personal laptop. (For information on using your laptop, see the "Laptops" section below.)
The computers in the Library's computer labs are password-protected and are limited to Berkeley Law student use. These computers may not be used by Visiting Scholars.
How do I register my Lexis and Westlaw passwords to keep them active?
You will receive a detailed email with information on how to register your Lexis and Westlaw passwords.
Where will my Lexis and Westlaw printouts be delivered?
You can send documents to yourself via email, or documents can be printed to an attached printer or to the stand-alone printers provided by Lexis and Westlaw. (As of July 1, 2013 there will no longer be a dedicated Westlaw printer.)
The stand-alone printers are located in the Library's print/scan room (LL1 30) across from the computer lab. There is no charge for printing to these printers, but please limit printing to what is reasonably needed.
How can I learn to use Lexis and Westlaw?
Some instructional pamphlets are available on the websites for both Lexis and Westlaw.
If my time at Boalt is extended, how can I request that my Lexis and Westlaw passwords stay active?
Please contact either Lauren Webb (Director of Visiting Scholars Program and Administrator of the ICLC, exchange program) or Rosann Greenspan (Executive Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society), who will submit a request for extension of your Lexis and Westlaw passwords.
Computer Labs / Public Computers / Printing
The Law Library's computer lab is for Berkeley Law students only. Unfortunately these facilities are not available to Visiting Scholars. Visiting Scholars with a valid calnet id and passphrase can however use the campus wifi service: AirBears. To print from your laptop to the law library's printers you should see the information contained at Printing From Your Laptop. You can also stop by the Student Computer Lab (LL1 31 ) for assistance in configuring your laptop for printing. You should note that Visiting Scholars do not receive free printing and will need to add funds to their Cal1Card. Printing costs 13 cents for single-sided black-and-white print-outs, 20 cents for each double-sided page, and 75 cents for color.
For information on printing from Lexis and Westlaw to their dedicated printers, see the section above on Lexis and Westlaw.
Laptop Use and Support
There is wireless Internet access to the campus network throughout the Law School. This is part of the campus AirBears project. You will need a wireless ethernet card for this service. No registration is necessary, simply go to a wireless coverage point and open up a web browser window. This will automatically take you to an AirBears identification authentication window, where you will need to enter your Calnet ID and passphrase.
We have instructions for setting up your wireless connection on our Wireless page. This should be the first place you go if you are experience technical issues. If you are then unable to configure your laptop, you can contact the lab staff.
If you are using an English-language version of Windows, the lab staff can also work with you to diagnose virus- and spyware-related issues. You may also send problems to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Computing Facilities
Visiting Scholars have access to many of the computer labs supported by the UC Berkeley campus.