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Reference Librarians are generally available Mon-Thu 8:00 am. to 8:00 p.m., Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sun 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. For recess and holiday hours, consult calendar.

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Law students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a librarian. Contact: (530) 752-0210 or

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Reference Librarians are available to help RA's learn more about searching interdisciplinary databases and locating materials housed in other libraries. All RA's are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a Reference Librarian. Contact: 752-0210 or write

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find articles?
See Find Articles page.

What online databases can law students and faculty access?
See Find Databases page.

How can law school students, faculty and staff access databases from home or remotely?
For databases requiring IP authentication law students and faculty should log into VPN. This does not apply to Lexis and Westlaw databases which are accessed via username and password.

Reference Librarians

Peg Durkin

Margaret Durkin is currently Head of Public Services at the UC Davis Mabie Law Library. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and practiced law in Philadelphia. Previous to her current position, Ms. Durkin was Head of Reference at the Yale Law Library and Public Services Librarian at the University of Georgia Law Library.

Susan Llano

Susan Llano has been a reference librarian at UC Davis Mabie Law Library since 1989. She received her M.L.I.S. from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Library and Information Studies in 1987.

Elisabeth McKechnie

A Law Librarian at UC Davis Mabie Law Library for the past eight years, Ms. McKechnie graduated from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in 1988 and practiced primarily insurance defense law for six years. She graduated from San Jose State University School of Library Science with an M.L.I.S. in 1999.

Rachael Smith

Ms. Smith graduated from the University of New Mexico, School of Law and received her M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington.