COVID and Fall 2020 Access

Library Hours:

The Library will be open to law students only and operate at reduced hours for the fall term. 

Monday-Thursday  9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday  10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday  12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Print Collection:

All stacks in the library including the short-term loan collection are closed to users. This is due to two important reasons. First, to ensure that books are not contaminated by improper handling. Once touched, a book needs to be quarantined for 4 days. Second, the University of Toronto has negotiated an Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) with HathiTrust. This means that during the U of T library closure due to COVID-19, current students and faculty can access digitized versions of the library’s in-copyright print books that have been deposited in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

The HathiTrust ETAS access has been confirmed until December 2020, provided that all of our libraries continue to meet specific requirements, namely that:

  • All library stacks in the University of Toronto library system must remain closed to users
  • All libraries in the University of Toronto library system must limit loans of print materials to curbside pickup only, and limit loans to items that are not in the HathiTrust ETAS collection. 

To learn how to access and use items in the HathiTrust ETAS collection, please see the instructions.

Access to the Law Library's Print Collection:

Students can request Law Library books through the catalogue. Find your book(s), then while in the catalogue record, click the “Get Help” button and follow the prompts. Library staff will retrieve the print material from the stacks. You will be notified via e-mail when your requested items are available for pick-up. For print-only course reserves and short-term loan items, library staff will endeavour to scan and deliver via e-mail portions of the book to the extent permitted by copyright law. 

Changes to Book Circulation Policies:

  • Loan periods: Law Library books will be charged out for the term and will have a due date of December 18, 2020 (subject to recall).
  • No renewals: Due to extended length of the loan period there will be no renewals of materials.
  • Recall of books: If a book is out on loan, you cannot place a hold on the book using the library catalogue. To place a hold request please e-mail our Circulation Coordinator: Anna Szot-Sacawa.

Access to Print Collections at Other U of T Libraries:

To retrieve print materials from other UofT libraries, the Robarts Library has implemented a Curbside Pickup Service.

Reference and Research Support

Law Librarians are available to provide reference and research support remotely. They will not be doing in-person consultations this term, but can meet with you by phone, Microsoft Teams, or Zoom or can respond to your questions by email. Please contact them directly or through

Electronic Resources and eBooks:

The Law Library subscribes to a significant number of electronic resources. In addition to these databases, we have purchased access to a large number of eBooks published by Irwin Law, Edward Elgar, LexisNexis, and Thomson Reuters, and we recently acquired access to approximately 60 titles from the Emond Publishing Casebook collection. If there are eBooks that you need for your research please let us know and we will endeavour to acquire access. You can check the online availability of this term's course readings here.

Group Study Rooms:

Study rooms in the library will again be available for online booking to U of T law students only, as in the past. However, the rooms will be left unlocked, and FOBs will not be required for entry. It is expected that students adhere to physical distancing protocols and that masks be worn at all times when using the group study rooms.

Little Things that the Library No Longer Loans:

Unfortunately, we can no longer loan some of the little things that made your life easier in the past. This includes laptop and phone chargers, staplers, pens, pencils, dry erase markers and erasers (for the study room whiteboards), and earplugs. Please bring your own.

Updated October 28, 2020.