Services for Law Students (JD, NCA, transfer, exchange, letter of permission)

This page sets out the services that the Bora Laskin Law Library provides to law students enrolled at the University of Toronto, including JD, NCA, transfer, exchange and letter of permission students.

How do I get a Library Card?

The Bora Laskin Law Library uses the TCard as its library card. TCards are issued by the University and also act as your photocopying and printing card at many campus libraries. More information about library cards is available from the TCard Office at the Koffler Student Services Centre, including how to get a card and how to replace lost or damaged cards.

NCA students can get their reader/limited access card from the TCard Office, Room 2054A, 2nd Floor, Robarts Library. Bring your admissions document, your offer letter and a valid photo ID.

What are my borrowing privileges?

U of T law students can borrow books from within the campus library system (including the Bora Laskin Law Library) for one two-week period with one two-week renewal if no holds or recalls have since been placed on the book. More information on undergraduate borrowing privileges is available from Robarts Library.

How much are library fines?

Regular loans

0.50/day per book

Short Term Loans


Recalled books

$2.00/day per book

Replacement Charge



How do I place holds or recalls?

If you wish to place a hold on a book or recall a book within the campus library system, please provide the details to the circulation desk staff at the Bora Laskin Law Library. We can only place holds on books that have been charged or signed out (i.e., if the book is available in the catalogue, we cannot place a hold on the item). When the item has been returned, and if you are next in line for the hold, you will receive an email notification.

How do request an inter-library loan?

If a book or journal article is available on the downtown campus, you are expected to get the book or article yourself. If the book or article is only available at the Scarborough or Mississauga campus libraries, we can request that the book or article be sent to us on your behalf (see us at the circulation desk).

If the book is not held by the University of Toronto or is missing, U of T students can place an interlibraryloan request through RACER.

If the matter is urgent, 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 your item. You could then go to either library to read or photocopy your material yourself.

How do I photocopy and print?

Copying and printing is 10 cents per page. Our Copier accept T Cards and is located on Level 2 near the Reading Room.

Where do I get reference and research help?

The Reference desk is staffed from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. The desk is located on Level 2 of the library to the left of the main doors as you walk in. Do not hesitate to ask any of us questions at anytime.

We also encourage our law students to e-mail us with their questions. Please see our staff directory for a list of e-mail addresses for our staff.

Legal Research Training

There are numerous legal research training opportunities throughout your law school career at the University of Toronto. In recent years, however, we have been moving towards a model of training students "one-on-one" since we find this is more effective and more meaningful if students come to use with their specific, individual questions at the time they need answers. Students are therefore encouraged to drop in at anytime to arrange a one-one-one training session or simply e-mail one of the reference staff (please see our staff directory).

We provide first-year law students in their small group sections by offering in-library training by small group section when written assignments are distributed (we are also involved in the Academic Orientation program for first-year law students). We also provide research training for  when students work for:
•Downtown Legal Services clinic (DLS)
•Pro Bono Students Canada
•Law Review

How do I get Lexis Advance Quicklaw and WestlawNext Canada Passwords ?

Law students currently registered at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto are eligible for (free) passwords to Quicklaw/LexisNexis, WestlawNext Canada, for academic research.

Lexis Advance Quicklaw:

Registration information will be handed out in your LRW class. 


Passwords will be handed out in your LRW class. 

University Resources

There are a large number of resources at the University and at the law school; e-books, e-journals, online journal indexes and online newspapers, for example,  that are available to students both on and off campus.
When accessing these resources from off campus it is ordinarily necessary to login through UofT's "my.access" service, using either your UTORid and password or your library card barcode and PIN via the library catalogue.

Wireless Access

"There are many wireless networks available on campus. The Help Desk provides support for 2 networks (UofTand eduroam).

The UofT wireless network supports wireless b, g and n and does not require a browser-based login each time you connect. For devices capable of wireless n, it is faster and has increased range. If you have problems setting up and/or connecting to this network, please contact us at 416-978-HELP (4357).

The eduroam network at UofT is intended for visiting scholars from other participating eduroam institutions. U of T faculty and students can log in to eduroam at other universities using their UofT credentials."  

Wireless set up information and  help is available at

Wireless Printing