Using the Law Library


The Mabie Law Library is currently open to UC Davis School of Law students, faculty, staff, and members of the public for law study or legal research.

Current Mabie Law Library Hours and Calendar

Visiting the Library

Please see our Directions page for driving directions and parking information on the UC Davis campus.

Drink and food are not permitted near computers and must be cleaned up immediately in permitted areas of the library stacks and reading room.

Computers & Photocopying

Public Terminals: Computers in the Library Lobby may be used by anyone for legal research. Computers are not available for email or word-processing.

eResources: Select databases are accessible ONSITE only for non-law school affiliates.

Photocopier: A photocopier is available for use by the public on Level 3 of the library stacks. The cost is $.10 per page. The machine accepts ONLY Reprographics copy cards. Cards may be purchased at the Reprographics card dispenser next to the copier. 

Circulation Services

Eligible Borrowers: Non-UC Davis affiliates may borrow circulating items with proper identification

Non- UC Davis Affiliates Loan Period
Circulating Books - (two renewals max) 3 Weeks
All Reserve 4 Hours

Non-Circulating Books: Some books are marked "NON-CIRCULATING" to assure their availability at all times. Non-circulating books should be used at or near the shelves where they are located in the Library stacks. Place on the Refile shelves located on every stack level near the elevator when finished.

Reserves: Reserve books circulate for 4 hours. Non-affiliates are required to leave ID at the desk.

Renewals: Loans generally may be renewed unless there has been a recall or hold request. Renewals may be made by phone at (530) 752-3327.

Book Returns: Mabie Library books must be returned to the book return slot at the Circulation Desk. After hours books can be returned to the Mabie Law Library book drop box located at the North entrance. All Shields books must be returned to the Shields Library.

Fines: Books not returned after two recall or overdue notices will be billed at the cost of the book plus a $35.00 processing fee per book (reduced to $15.00 for books returned within one week of the receipt of the bill). Charges for damaged books will be assessed on an individual basis.

For more information, please view our Circulation Services page.


Study rooms and carrels are reserved for UC Davis Law students' use. Unoccupied carrels may be used for law study or legal research until an assignee returns. Seating is reserved for law students during exam periods.

Reference Services

Reference Librarians are available to assist in locating print and online resources through the Mabie Law Library. Librarians can also provide research tips, but are not able to give legal advice or to do legal research on demand. Reference librarians are available via email at or by telephone at (530) 752-0210.

For more information, please view our Reference Services page.