Find your nearest California Public Law Library at

Santa Maria (805) 346-7548 or Santa Barbara (805) 568-2296

The Santa Barbara County Law Library consists of two libraries:

The McMahon Law Library
1100 Anacapa St., 2nd Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 568-2296   Fax: (805) 568-2299
Open - Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm


The Santa Maria Law Library
312 Cook St.
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 346-7548   Fax: (805) 346-7692
Open - Monday through Friday 9am to 12pm, 1:30pm to 4pm
  • Due to the current crisis, hours of operation and accessibility will fluctuate. Please consider the below options in regard to remote access to databases such as Lexis, Westlaw, NOLO, and CEB OnLaw. *   See

These law libraries are open to the public and are committed to providing legal information to the citizens of Santa Barbara County. The Santa Barbara County Law Library has access to electronic legal information beyond the traditional library collection of printed materials. For detailed information on library resources and services contact:

The libraries are open to the public at present but please call to confirm hours of operation, and email us for research help beyond what is available below. With the Delta and Mu variants of COVID-19 active in Santa Barbara County, hours of operation may be affected.

The Santa Barbara Legal Resource Center may be reached by calling (805) 568-3303 or email  


Santa Barbara and Lompoc LRC
Phone: 805-568-3303
Monday-Friday: 9am to 12pm, 1:30pm-4pm

Santa Maria LRC
Phone: 805-691-2457
Monday-Friday: 9am to 12pm, 1:30pm -4pm

*You can log in to the following databases via the Law Library's Wifi. Paste the following URLs into your browser window when connected. These IP authenticated databases are accessible within the library branches.


NOLO press:    *NOLO Press is available from your own computer, please contact the library staff via email for login instructions. 


CEB OnLaw:


Please email or for login instructions. Remember to limit time spent on any one database, and log off when done. Some of our subscriptions have limited "seat licenses" and limited number of searches per visit.

Additionally, we'd like to thank the publishers below for providing access to databases from your home or office for a limited time.

LexisNexis is providing remote patron access for a limited time. From Lexis we have been authorized to state:

As a patron of the Library you are probably aware that we offer Patron Access to LexisNexis.  LexisNexis continues to commit to working with the Law Library and the legal Community during Covid-19 by providing access to Library Patrons.  If you cannot otherwise conduct legal research onsite you are welcome to register for a temporary Lexis Advance ID at  - and you will receive an ID within 1 business day.  This ID will be good until November 30th.  This ID allows you to conduct research on the cases and codes needed for your legal work and personal legal research. We are happy to work with you to maintain access to justice during this critical time.

If your research needs extend beyond 30 days or if you have already used your 30 day free period then please call 1-888-AT-LEXIS to discuss personalized plan options


CEB is offering free patron access for one month to CEB Pro which includes primary law, CEB's citator, TrueCite, and access to over 150 of CEB's practice guides. To sign up for access follow this link: 

The link will lead to registration and request for access. If you do not have a bar number, please enter N/A


Westlaw access has changed! go to link below:

    The end date of this program is yet to be determined.

  1. Patrons are required to register for an account.   Instructions are attached.
  2. Patrons should use a new email address if they previously created an account or if they get a message telling them to call customer support.
  3. The accounts are for 20 hours of usage over 14 days.    
  4. Content includes primary law, analytical, litigation content, and practical law on WestlawNext platform.

Also, many great resources are available at and on the website of the Sacramento County Public Law Library.  See

DISCLAIMER: The Santa Barbara County Law Library does not engage in the practice of law, does not provide legal advice and does not perform legal research. Furthermore, the Santa Barbara County Law Library is not responsible for any inaccuracy of legal information found on the world wide web. The library staff strongly recommends that all legal information found on the world wide web be verified through other sources.

(pages under construction...)
Meeting of the Law Library Board of Trustees
Monday, 6 December 2021, 4:40 PM
Judge Anderle's Courtroom, Dept. 3, Santa Barbara Superior Court,
and via teleconference and in SB Superior Court, Santa Maria
1. Public Comments
2. Minutes of the meeting of 5 October 2021
3. Income and expenses for the 2021/22 Fiscal Year @ 42% elapsed (Income at 60% of projections for FY, spending year-to-date is 30%
of FY 2021/22 budget)
4. 2021 Annual Report to the Board of Supervisors and Auditor
5. Plan to replace retiring Law Library Director in January 2022
6. Request to confirm 2022 Trustees
8. Other Business
7. Request to close Libraries after 12/23 and reopen on 1/3/2022
Meeting details and materials by request to

Please also visit the American Association of Law Libraries webpage: