August 2013


To improve access to legal information in eastern Alameda County, the Alameda County Law Library has partnered with the Alameda County Public Library to establish the Legal Resource Collection @ Dublin Public Library. The collection features a large selection of California practice guides, formbooks, legal self-help books, and free legal database access.

California Practice Guides

The Legal Resource Collection @ Dublin Public Library includes a strong selection of California practice guides, treatises, and formbooks published by Rutter Group, Thomson Reuters, Matthew Bender, and Continuing Education of the Bar. Practice materials reflect the major practice areas of local attorneys, and include publications on family law, estate planning and probate, real property law, debt collection, employment law, landlord-tenant, and civil litigation.

Additional practice guides can be accessed electronically through LexisNexis and OnLaw. California Forms of Pleading and Practice is available in full-text, electronic format through the library’s LexisNexis subscription. Likewise, library visitors can use the OnLaw database to access the complete library of over 140 practice guides and Action Guides published by Continuing Education of the Bar.

Legal Self-Help Materials

For the general public and self-represented litigants, the Legal Resource Collection offers a wide variety of legal self-help books published by Nolo Press, many of which can be checked-out of the library. Written to help non-attorneys resolve minor legal problems and complete simple legal transactions, Nolo Press books explain legal concepts and procedures in plain English. Many titles include form templates, as well as step-by-step instructions for completing, filing, serving, and recording legal forms. Books on divorce, landlord-tenant issues, estate planning, probate, bankruptcy, and small claims court will help local residents contend with routine legal matters. Nolo Press titles can also be accessed as ebooks through the library’s NoloEBSCO database.

Free Legal Database Access

Dublin Public Library patrons can now use legal databases LexisNexis, OnLaw, Fastcase, HeinOnline, NoloEBSCO, and Dissomaster Support Software free of charge on two dedicated legal research computers in the library’s Group Study Room. Patrons who bring their laptops, tablets, or smart phones to the library can connect to OnLaw, Fastcase, HeinOnline and NoloEBSCO directly through Dublin Public Library’s wireless network, and download content from these services to their devices free of charge.

For More Information

The Legal Resource Collection is available to Dublin Public Library visitors during the library’s normal business hours. For more information about the Legal Resource Collection, please visit our website at, or email Emily Bergfeld at

This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

We each use about this much water every day!


waterSmart photo

Our friends at the Livermore-Amador Valley Zone 7 Water Agency put together this amazing display in the lobby of the Dublin Library.  There are 144 one gallons used everyday by each person in Zone 7 water Agency’s service area*  Here’s a break down of the daily usage:

  • Miscellaneous – 3 gallons
  • Leaks – 10 gallons
  • Faucets – 13 gallons
  • Toilets – 14 gallons
  • Clothes washers/dishwashers – 16 gallons
  • Shower/bath – 17 gallons
  • Outdoors (landscaping, pools, etc.) – 71 gallons

The display also gives tips on how to cut water waste, where to get rebates for high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers, and gives information on converting lawns to water-efficient landscapes.  Much more information can be found at the following websites:

Here’s the following water conservation information available online through the Alameda County Library:

*Notes: This number is based on average year-round water use in a single-family house (391 gallons a day) divided by an average 2.7 people per household.  It is only an average, and your particular use may be higher or lower.  It does not reflect what a resident uses while at work or school.  It addresses typical daily usage throughout Zone 7’s service area, which can vary from community to community.  Water-use breakdown is based on various studies done in the state of California.

Dublin Library is once again hosting its Job Seeker Counseling Sessions and Job Seeker Workshops after a summer break.

In the One-on-One Resume Critique, on Tuesday, August 13th, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, you will have a 20-minute session with a job search specialist who will read through your resume and give you sound advice on how to make it more attractive and appealing to prospective employers.

In the One-on-One Job Counseling session, on Tuesday, August 20th, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, you will have a 20-minute session with a job search specialist who will read through your resume, ask about your interests and education, and give you sound advice on other suitable job career options for you.

You must call Dublin Library Information Desk at 925-803-7275 or come to the Information Desk in person to sign up for a 20-minute session.