The Bernard E. Witkin State Law Library collection contains selected primary and secondary sources in American law. The hard copy collection includes current appellate court opinions, California and federal annotated codes and agency decisions, as well as annotated codes for ten other states. All states' annotated codes, attorney general opinions and session laws are held in paper or microform until at least 2002. These primary sources are supplemented by California and federal digests and citators, law journals and periodicals, and current California practice materials. The Law Library is particularly strong in both California and older national primary and practice materials. Use the Main Catalog to explore these collections.
Special collections include Congressional bills, 1933- ; California bills (including those never passed) 1867- ; and Northern California land claims (records and briefs relating to Mexican and Spanish land cases). The Witkin State Law Library can also provide access to California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal briefs starting in 1863. Online access is provided to current briefs without charge.
The Witkin State Law Library is named, by statute (Education Code §19328) for Bernard E. Witkin (1904-1995), the preeminent commentator on and teacher of California law.