Are the court libraries open to the public?
The access policies for our libraries are determined by local court rules and vary across the circuit. Some of our libraries are open to the general public, while others are only open to members of the bar and litigants with cases before the local court. For a list of our libraries and their access policies, please see the directory. Please note that hours are subject to change. We recommend that you call to confirm before your visit.
What services do you provide to non-court patrons?
Assistance with legal research is available on a limited basis to other government personnel, members of the local bar, and public patrons.
What we can do:
What we cannot do:
Do you provide legal reference services to prisoners?
No, but here are some libraries in the 9th Circuit that do.
Can I access the library's catalog online?
The Ninth Circuit Library's catalog can be viewed online while in our libraries, but is not accessible from the Internet.
Can I check out a book?
Materials from the collection cannot be checked out by the public.
Can I make photocopies?
Some of our library locations have coin-operated copiers, or a copier may be available within the courthouse.
Do you have computers for public use?
Can I use my laptop in the library?
Yes. Many of our locations have carrels or tables with electrical outlets, and several have wireless Internet access.
See also our Reference FAQs.