This page sets out the services that the Bora Laskin Law Library provides to the public (those patrons outside of the University of Toronto community who are not affiliated with law firm or government departments).

Access to the Bora Laskin Law Library

Access to library and its print collection is open to all persons Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Access to 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 (Course Reserves) 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 location and library hours on our Hours and Location web page.

Library cards for the public

Members of the public may apply at Robarts Library (130 St. George St.) to obtain a Research Reader card, good at most campus libraries, including the Bora Laskin Law Library. The cost of the Research Reader card varies depending on its term/duration.

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

  • Up to 100 loans at a time
  • 14 day loan period
  • Two renewals, 14 days each

Library Fines

Regular loans

0.50/day per book

Short Term Loans


Recalled books

$2.00/day per book

Replacement Charge



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?

Email We provide basic reference help of up to 10 minutes to members of the public if we are not too busy.

Use the online U of T catalogue to look for books in our library. There is no separate catalogue for just the Bora Laskin Law Library; the catalogue shows the listings of all campus libraries. To locate books held by our library, select the advanced search option and choose "Law Library (Bora Laskin)" from the drop down menu below the search box. If the Bora Laskin Law Library does not have the item, 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 it. A limited amount of Canadian caselaw can be accessed for free on the Internet at CANLII: .Our library's website also provides links to Canadian legislation.