Lawyers, Law Firms and Government Departments (External Borrowers)

This page sets out the services that the Bora Laskin Law Library provides to law firms, government departments and other eligible external institutional borrowers.

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 certain 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 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

Library hours

Check out our Hours and Location web page

 Library cards for external borrowers

Lawyers, law firms, government departments and other eligible external institutional borrowers have a couple of options to obtain a library card to borrow books from the Bora Laskin Law Library:

  • Associate Membership: Organizations may apply at Robarts Library (130 St. George St.) to obtain a Associate Members card, good at most campus libraries. Cards obtained or renewed after August 15th 2016 will have borrowing privileges at the Bora Laskin Law Library 

  • Research Reader: Individuals may purchase a Research Reader card.
  • Robarts Library Alumni Card: For individuals who are alumni of the University of Toronto may apply at Robarts Library (130 St. George St.) for an alumni card, good at most campus libraries, including the Bora Laskin Law Library.

Please note: Not all materials at the Bora Laskin Law Library circulate (case law reporters and journals, for example, are in-library use only).

Library Fines

Regular loans

0.50/day per book

Short Term Loans

0.50/hour

Recalled books

$2.00/day per book

Replacement Charge

$145.00

Photocopying and printing

Copying and printing costs 10 cents per page. Our copier accepts visitors cards. Cards can be purchased at the circulation desk for $5.00 with debit or credit cards only. The cards come with a pre-loaded value of $4.25 ($0.75 charge for the card). Once you have purchased the card, you can add value to it online or at any Guest Card & Cash Loading Station. 

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). To the extent possible, we provide basic reference help to law firms and other non-University patrons. For reference questions taking longer than 10 minutes, we reserve our right to then negotiate a fee-for-service arrangement ($80 per hour).