Services for Faculty

Teaching and Research Support for Faculty

Library staff provide support for faculty teaching and research by creating bibliographies, pathfinders, conducting in-depth research consultations, acquiring appropriate hardcopy and electronic resources, creating electronic research guides, facilitating electronic teaching, providing document delivery, photocopying and interlibrary loans, current awareness, and individual and classroom training in legal research.



InfoEXPRESS is the Bora Laskin Law Library's premium document delivery service for faculty. The InfoEXPRESS service retrieves books, articles, primary and other materials from the Law Library, other campus libraries, online databases and interlibrary loan, and delivers them directly to your office. Send your requests to:

More details are available on the InfoEXPRESS Frequently Asked Questions page.

Electronic Resources

The Law Library subscribes to a number of electronic subscriptions and online services for faculty use. The leading services can be found under the Find a Database tab (above) Additionally, the University of Toronto Library system subscribes to many resources that are relevant to legal scholarship including e-books, e-journals, online journal indexes and online newspapers, etc.

These resources are available on or off campus. When accessing these resources off campus, you must authenticate yourself by providing either your UTORid and password or your library card barcode and PIN, (the last 4 digits of your staff number, or the PIN you have selected) the first time you use a licensed resource during each web session.

For more information visit :

Current Awareness Services

InfoEXPRESS Current

The Current is a monthly library newsletter delivered to your e-mailbox which keeps you up to date with what is happening in the library: new acquisitions, new electronic resources and recent tables of contents of the major Canadian law journals.


A personalized current contents service covering over 500 U.S.-published law journals, organized topically in over 100 subject headings delivered to your e-mail addresses on a weekly basis. To register, contact Gian Medves (416-978-5537) for a login password that will enable you to set up the SmartCILP service.

SSRN (Social Science Research Network)

The Faculty of Law has site licences for the following networks.

These networks provide an email alert service of upcoming journal articles, seminar papers and "pre-press" draft journal articles. Register at to create a profile specifying the subjects that you would like to receive. New faculty members should contact Gian Medves prior to registration.


Support for Electronic Courseware and Teaching Tools

Gian Medves and Susan Barker, will provide individual support for and training in the use of electronic courseware such as Blackboard. Contact Gian Medves (416-978-5537) and Susan Barker (416-978-5799)

Training in the Use of Electronic Resources

Faculty and students are automatically entitled to free academic access to Quicklaw/LexisNexis, Westlaw Canada and CCH Online, in addition to a number of other services. To arrange legal research training for yourself or your students, please contact S Susan Barker  at or 416-978-5799.

Previewing New Acquisitions

Faculty members interested in viewing recent library acquisitions can check out the monthly Library Acquistions List on the library's website.

In the alternative, newly acquired library material in hard copy is available for previewing in the Faculty Lounge. These materials remain on the "New Arrivals" shelf for one week to allow all faculty a chance to look at the material. Also available on the shelf are request item forms that you can fill out to have a book signed out or an article photocopied and sent to you.

Hard Copy Reserve Readings

The library will place readings on reserve at the beginning of term. Please provide John Bolan with a copy of your reading lists as soon as they are available and preferably by July (for a September course) or November (for a January course) so that our staff can evaluate what materials, if any, should be placed on reserve or purchased for your course (your suggestions are encouraged).  Contact  John Bolan (416-978-3719)

Borrowing Privileges

Faculty are entitled to a 4 month loan period with one 4 month renewal at the Bora Laskin Law Library. The Robarts Library provides a 6 month loan period with a 6 month renewal. Other library borrowing periods may differ. Materials borrowed by Faculty are subject to being recalled after the initial 2-week loan period has passed. Once Faculty are notified of the recall (by e-mail), they will have 2 days in which to return the material, after which time fines of $2.00 per day will start to accrue.

Getting A Library Card

Faculty "T-cards" can be used for borrowing, photocopying and printing in most U of T libraries. For more details about getting and using your T-card, visit .

Regular Adjunct Faculty can present a letter from the law school administration confirming their teaching arrangements to the Robarts Library to obtain a T-card.

Library Fines

Regular loans

0.50/day per book

Short Term Loans


Recalled books

$2.00/day per book

Replacement Charge


Library privileges are withheld when your fines reach $25.00 or more until fines are paid. The library reserves the right to charge fines in addition to the replacement cost.

Law library staff cannot waive your fines. Please speak to John Bolan (416-978-3719) if you have any concerns about fines accrued for law library items.

Support for Research Assistants

We offer Faculty research assistants: individual or group training as needed, direct billing of photocopying or printing to your account, a reserved open carrel. We also facilitate summer access to commercial online databases.

Instruction in Legal Research for your Students

First Years

The library provides legal research training for first-year small groups (in addition to other training offered to first-year law students). For the small group sessions, we try to coordinate the "in-library" sessions with the distribution of the first year written assignments in order for the first-year students to learn the skills they need to complete the assignments. We can offer additional training for first-year law students upon request. Contact John Bolan (416-978-3719) to set up a session.

Upper Years

Upper-year students will benefit for additional training in specific subjects areas. Contact John Bolan (416-978-3719) to set up a session