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Director’s Quarterly Update

A little over a month ago, we reopened and welcomed patrons back to the law library for limited hours and in-person services.  We are open only Tuesday thru Thursday, 9am to 4pm in Riverside and 10am to 3pm in Indio.  The Temecula Law Resource Center remains close; however, all reference service requests are handled remotely by our staff in downtown Riverside. We keep our front doors locked and only individuals who need access to legal research materials and services that are not available remotely online are admitted in the law library.  While state and local COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, we remain vigilant about preventing a COVID-19 outbreak in the law library. The health and well-being of our staff and patrons remain a priority and we will continue to be mindful of the changes in state and county health and safety guidelines as we move towards a post-COVID-19 service model. 

Law Library patrons can expect the following in the coming months:

  • Starting in September, RCLL will be open to the public Monday thru Friday, 9am to 4pm.
  • Patrons will be required to wear masks while in the library, whether vaccinated or not.
  • No limits in the number of patrons allowed in the library during its regular hours.
  • “Back to School: Legal Research 101,” a five-week series of free virtual legal research class taught by our reference librarians will be held every Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. beginning on September 1st.
  • Added contents to RCLL’s digital collection and legal databases (Wolters Kluwer’s Cheetah).
  • Continued remote access to FastCase, Lexis eBooks, HeinOnline, and Nolo Press Titles on EbscoHost.
  • Continued virtual programs such as Riverside Superior Court’s Family Law Workshops, ICLS’s Tax Clinics, and Lawyers in the Library.
  • Construction work for the HVAC replacement and electrical upgrades in the Victor Miceli Law Library building has been put on hold due to issues with getting the submittal for the equipment from the manufacturer. You can expect to see the temporary fencing and construction trailer to be removed in the next two weeks. Construction will resume in October.



By Victoria

July 21, 2021

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