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COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020: The San Mateo County Law Library is closed to the public to reduce the risk of community spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The closure will remain in effect until the San Mateo County Health Department's "Shelter At Home" order is lifted.

WE ARE CLOSED, BUT CAN STILL HELP!

We know our patrons may be struggling with legal issues even while the courts and other government agencies are closed. Below are the ways we are trying to meet those in need:

• Please call us at (650) 363-4913 or email us. Please include the details of your issue or specific requests for document delivery and we will aim to get back to you within 24 hours.

• Use the ASK NOW LIVE CHAT to get your questions answered in real time by a California Law Librarian.

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• Sign up for an Emergency Communty Law Night session. Call us at (650) 363-4913 or email us if you are interested in speaking with an attorney directly on the phone or by Zoom video chat on any legal issue you have.

• Access Self-Help Nolo Law Books through Santa Clara County Law Library's Digital Nolo Collection by using State abbreviation "CA" password "SANTACLARA."

• Perform case research with FastCase from your home through Alameda County Law Library's remote database.

• Get up-to-date reliable information on the impact of COVID-19 on the law from San Diego Law Library's research team.

• Use our "Need Help" guides to answer common legal questions, and our "Need A Form" page to access common legal forms.

Please don't hesitate to contact us! We are happy to assist you. We're in this together!

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WHY DO WE NEED A LAW LIBRARY?

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 The Law Library was recently featured on local access MCTV! Check it out!

 

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WE ARE YOUR LAW LIBRARY IN SAN MATEO COUNTY!

It is our mission to assist all people, whether members of the general public or local attorneys, in their efforts to use the legal system effectively.

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LOCAL LEGAL SUPPORT

The Law Library offers a free Consumer Law Clinic sponsored by Bay Area Legal Aid every 2nd Monday of the month starting from 9:30am. RSVP for your spot by calling (650) 358.0745. The clinic meets in the Law Library Conference Room.

The San Mateo County Superior Court offers a Small Claims Advisor to assist with Small Claims every Wednesday, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, in the 2nd floor Conference Room of 400 County Center, Redwood City. Call (650) 363.4303 for more information.

The Family Law Facilitator's Office offers assistance with starting a Divorce during their regular hours in their office, 2nd floor, 400 County Center, Redwood City. Call (650) 261.5010 for more information.

The Department of Child Support Services Outreach offers help on Child Support issues every Tuesday, 8:30am to 11:30am, in the family Law Facilitator's Office, 2nd floor, 400 County Center, Redwood City. Call (866) 901.3212 for more information.

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County offers a Landlord/Tenant Clinic every Monday, 8:30am to 11:30am, in the Family Law Facilitator's Office, 2nd floor, 400 County Center, Redwood City.

Bay Area Legal Aid offers a Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 9:00am, and Wednesday afternoons starting at 1:30pm at their office located at 1048 El Camino Real, Ste. A in Redwood City. Call (650) 358.0745 for more information.

API Legal Outreach offers a Naturalization Clinic in Daly City, Oakland and San Francisco. Call (415) 567.6255 for more information.

Legal Aid at Work offers help on employment issues. Call (415) 864.8848 for general information or the Workers' Rights Clinic helplines at (415) 864.8208 or (866) 864.8208 (toll-free). Check out the Job Seekers' Rights video on applying for a job when having a criminal record on the Law Library's YouTube Channel.

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LAW LIBRARY PROGRAMS

Free Programs:

The Law Library in collaboration with the San Mateo County Bar Association is proud to present a Community Law Night where members of the general public can benefit from free one-on-one legal consultation. Check out our free Community Law Night Program page.

Video Tutorials:

  • Watch our brand new video tutorial on how to expunge your criminal record in the San Mateo County:

 

  • Learn about the KeyCite Basics and other topics on the Video Tutorials page.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEE ANNOUNCEMENTS

The San Mateo County Law Library Board of Trustee meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 12:15pm was CANCELLED due to efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. We are not announcing a next meeting date at this time, but will update as soon as a new meeting date, time and location are scheduled. Thank you for your understanding. Questions or comments can be submitted to Libray Director Caroline Bracco at cbracco@smclawlibrary.org.

The current and previous board meeting agendas can be found here.

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San Mateo County Law Library
710 Hamilton Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 363.4913