Borrowing Programs

There are two programs listed below: Regular Borrowers and Deposit Patrons. Please read to see which applies to you.

Regular Borrowers

Regular Borrowers may check out 20 items at a time. The following individuals may register to become regular borrowers at the Sacramento County Public Law Library:

  • Attorneys who are current members of the California State Bar and who either live in or have an office in Sacramento County, or are members of the Sacramento County Bar Association. Attorneys must present their California State Bar card, a valid photo ID, proof of residency or an office location in Sacramento County, or their Sacramento County Bar Association card, at the time of registration. P.O. Boxes cannot be accepted as proof of a Sacramento County address.
  • Judges with chambers or offices in Sacramento County, or who have been temporarily assigned to Sacramento County.
  • Government officials and agency department heads with offices in Sacramento County.
  • Clerks, secretaries, paralegals, and other individuals authorized by a regular borrower already registered to borrow from the Law Library. Authorized individuals must complete a registration form and have it signed by their authorizing judge, attorney, or government official. The authorizer is responsible for any fines or fees accrued by the authorizee.

Deposit Patrons

Single Item Deposit Patrons

Under this program a Sacramento County resident may borrow one book by leaving a cash deposit with the Library. A $50.00 cash deposit is required for codes, case reporters, and self help books. A $100.00 cash deposit is required on all other books, audio tapes, and video tapes. No checks or credit cards are accepted for this program. The cash deposit is returned when the book is returned to the Library. Applicants must present a valid photo ID and proof of Sacramento County residency at the time of registration. P.O. Boxes cannot be accepted as proof of a Sacramento County address.

Long Term Deposit Patrons

Under this program a patron may borrow up to 7 items at a time. A $200.00 deposit is required, which may be paid by check, cash, MasterCard, or Visa. The deposit must be left with the Library for a minimum of three months. After three months the $200.00 deposit, less any outstanding fees or fines, will be refunded upon written request. Refunding the deposit terminates a patron’s borrowing privileges. The following individuals may register to become Long Term Deposit Patrons at the Sacramento County Public Law Library:

  • Sacramento County Resident Long Term Deposit Patrons: Sacramento County Residents who do not qualify as Regular Borrowers. Applicants must present a valid photo ID and proof of Sacramento County residency at the time of registration. P.O. Boxes cannot be accepted as proof of a Sacramento County address.
  • Out-of-County Attorney Long Term Deposit Patrons: Attorneys whose home address and business address are outside of Sacramento County, and who do not belong to the Sacramento County Bar Association. Attorneys must present their California State Bar card and a valid photo ID at the time of registration.