How to Find a Book

How to Locate Law Books

Step 1: Use catalogues to locate material

Check the University of Toronto catalogue by title, author, subject or keyword to find relevant books or other material. 

UTCat is a campus wide catalogue that searches books from multiple campus libraries. Books in UTCat held by the Bora Laskin Law Library have the word "LAW" as part of the call number.     

Step 2: Placing holds or recalls

University of Toronto students and other members of the community can place holds on material that is charged. In addition, if the material has been charged by a faculty member or a graduate student it is possible to place a manual recall on the item (through our circulation desk staff) to have the book recalled after an initial 2-week period has passed.

Step 3: Interlibrary loans

Check WorldCat to view library holdings throughout the world for a book. U of T students can place an interlibraryloan request through RACER for books held by other libraries as long as the item is not held by U of T.

Law Faculty wishing to obtain books from other libraries should contact infoEXPRESS.  

Step 4: Other nearby libraries

In addition to RACER  you have the option of going to York University's law library (4700 Keele Street) or the Great Library (130 Queens Street West, Osgoode Subway station) to look at the material (U of T graduate students can obtain borrowing privileges at York; the Great Library is a reference library - its books do not circulate).  You can check the York University catalog or the Great Library catalog to see if either of these libraries carry the material.