This page sets out the services that the Bora Laskin Law Library provides to the public (those patrons outside of the University of Toronto community who are not affiliated with law firm or government departments).
Access to the Bora Laskin Law Library
Access to the print collection of the Bora Laskin Law Library is open to all persons during normal hours of operation who need to conduct legal research and use the resources within the library. Access to electronic resources is limited to registered law students due to licensing restrictions. Only persons with valid library cards may borrow material. Patrons without valid library cards who wish to read short-term loan (Course Reserves) material within the library must leave valid I.D. with the circulation desk when they borrow this material from behind the circulation desk. The I.D. will be returned when the material is returned to the desk.During exam season in December and April, access to the Law Library during weekends is usually restricted to law students and alumni of the law school.
Check out our location and library hours on our Hours and Location web page.
Library cards for the public
Members of the public may apply at Robarts Library (130 St. George St.) to obtain a Research Reader card, good at most campus libraries, including the Bora Laskin Law Library. The cost of the Research Reader card varies depending on its term/duration.
Please note: Not all materials at the Bora Laskin Law Library circulate (case law reporters and journals, for example, are in-library use only). Borrowing privileges for the Robarts Library Research Reader Card:
- Up to 100 loans at a time
- 14 day loan period
- Two renewals, 14 days each
0.50/day per book
Short Term Loans
$2.00/day per book
Photocopying and printing
Copying and printing costs 10 cents per page. Our copier accepts visitors cards. Blank visitors cards are available for purchase for $5.00. In order to use these cards to photocopy or print you must add value to the card via the "cash to card' machine on the main level of the Law Library.
Where do I get reference and research help?
The reference desk is staffed from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. (tel: (416) 978-1073). We provide basic reference help of up to 10 minutes to members of the public if we are not too busy.
Use the online U of T catalogue to look for books in our library. There is no separate catalogue for just the Bora Laskin Law Library; the catalogue shows the listings of all campus libraries. To locate books held by our library, select the advanced search option and choose "Law Library (Bora Laskin)" from the drop down menu below the search box. If the Bora Laskin Law Library does not have the item, you may want to check the York University Library Catalogue (4700 Keele St.) or the Great Library Catalogue (130 Queens St. E., Osgoode Subway station) to see if either of those libraries has it. A limited amount of Canadian caselaw can be accessed for free on the Internet at CANLII: .Our library's website also provides links to Canadian legislation.