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Library Policies: Library Access

This guide outlines policies regarding library use and library materials.

University Libraries Policies – Law & Business

General Access Policy

Bring your GGU ID for entry to the libraries.

Online access - login with your GGU ID.

GGU Libraries are open to Golden Gate University students, faculty, staff, and select other groups. Persons entering the library must use a current GGU ID or access card to enter through the security gate. Alumni, guests, other individuals may be granted access to the library, see details below.


  • Guests are required to sign in, stay with their host, and depart the library when their host leaves.
  • Students, staff and faculty who would like to bring guests to the Library are welcome to do so on a limited basis.


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.


Individuals may purchase a day pass to the Law Library for $10.

Day passes are issued by the Law Library which is located on the Plaza Level.

This pass does not include borrowing privileges.


Library Alumni Cards

  • Inquire in person at the Information Desk or phone (415) 442-7242
  • Fill out Alumni Library Card application form.
  • Use your original student ID Card, or the library will issue a new library card.
  • Free membership for alumni for two years. Alumni Membership after two years: $25 annual fee.
  • Lost cards - $10 replacement fee.

See the Alumni Services and Benefits page for more information.

  • 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.
  • Access to library databases is available to alumni on campus, but off-campus access to databases is restricted to current GGU students, faculty and staff due to licensing restrictions - with the exception of Sage Databases. Alumni currently have remote access to the SAGE databases. When connecting to the SAGE databases from off-campus, use the second login option to authenticate as a GGU alumni (Login with library identification). SAGE Journals. SAGE Knowledge. SAGE Research Methods.
  • Group study rooms are available to currently enrolled students only.


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. Contact the libraries for the most up-to-date information.

Membership Categories

  • Individual Members ($450.00 annual fee)
    Attorney, corporate officers and others may apply for individual membership. Corporate or firm librarians are not eligible for individual membership. One membership card for a designated individual is included. This card is not transferable. Borrowing privileges are permitted in accordance with library loan policies.
  • Institutional Members ($1,000.00 annual fee)
    Law firms, corporations, and businesses may apply for institutional membership. Four membership cards are included with this membership and the card may be used by anyone within the institution. Borrowing privileges are granted only to those persons carrying membership cards and in accordance with the Law Library loan policies. Additional cards are available at $150.00 each.
  • Non-Profit Organization Members ($250.00 annual fee)
    Nonprofit public interest and other legal services organizations or government agencies may apply for nonprofit organization membership. One membership card is included with this membership and the card(s) can be used by anyone within the institution. Borrowing privileges are permitted in accordance with the Law Library loan policies. Additional cards are available at $150.00 each.

Electronic Access

Online Access

The Business Library website provides links to a variety of resources including library catalog, databases, research guides, and course reserves. Access to fee-based databases is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff.

The library provides wireless Internet access for students, faculty, staff, and guests.

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

Government Documents

Federal Depository

Golden Gate University’s Law Library has been a selective Federal depository since 1979, as well as a depository for selected government publications of the State of California. The Law Library’s 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’s 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. The Law Library’s online catalog also lists many government documents available on the Internet. The Law Library’s web site links suggest the best sites to find government information available online for federal, state, international, and foreign levels of government. The Law Library also provides direct links to the Federal Depository Library Program Electronic Collection.

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

Visit the Government Documents Page

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