The Alameda County Law Library is a public law library. The library provides access to legal information materials to self-represented litigants, legal professionals, and others engaged in legal research or the preparation of legal documents. Professional law librarians are available to help patrons use the library’s print materials and legal databases effectively.

The Alameda County Law Library is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and a local agency established under (California Business and Professions Code § 6300-6363). Over 90% of the library’s income comes from a portion of civil filing fees. Since the 2008 enactment of the Uniform Civil Filing Fee Act and the unification of the courts, that income has fallen over 40%, while the cost of legal materials has increased 60%.

Vision & Mission

The Mission of the Alameda County Law Library is to provide access to authoritative legal information to the public, attorneys and residents.

The library envisions a future in which all people have effective access to justice. To bring about this vision, the library offers the public free access to current, authoritative sources of legal information. Visitors use law library resources to research the law, prepare for court, and draft legal documents. By providing equal access to the tools needed to successfully participate in the legal system, Alameda County Law Library helps facilitate access to justice for all members of the community.