Services for U of Toronto 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.
Fines are charged at the rate of 0.50/day per book; no fines are charged for the first day a book is overdue.
Fines on Short Term Loan books are 0.50/hour to a maximum of $7.50 a day; no fines are charged for the
first 15 minutes a book is late. Fines for recalled books are $2.00/day per book. Library privileges are
withheld when the block limit is reached ($25.00 for J.D. students), until fines are paid.
Lost library books are subject to a $145.00 replacement charge. The library reserves the right to charge fines in addition to the replacement cost.
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, the system's computer
will e-mail you.
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).
Copying is 15 cents per page. All copiers accept T Cards.
There is also a laser printer on the main floor for printing from the computers in the Law Commons at a cost of 15 cents per page.
There is a high speed laser printer/photocoper in the computer lab (law students only) which prints/copies at a cost of 10 cents per page.
The reference desk is staffed from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. Do not
hesitate to ask any of us questions at anytime.
In addition, we are now taking advantage of "teachable
moments" to train students when they are involved in activities that
require legal research and writing. We therefore target 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 other teachable moments including
when students work for:
- Downtown Legal Services clinic (DLS)
- Pro Bono Students Canada
- Law Review
In addition, every Spring we offer "boot camps" in legal
research training for students going off to work in law firms or other
organizations as articling or summer students.
LAW = a book on our open shelves
LAWC = a short-term loan book
LAWR = a reference book (Rows 1-2)
LAWT = a thesis (Aisle 54, top floor)
LAWS = storage (ask the circulation staff to retrieve this material )
Short-term loan books ("LAWC" or LAW STL) are located at the circulation/reserve desk. These books can be signed out for a 3-hour in library loan period.
Law students currently registered at the Faculty of Law, University of
Toronto are eligible for (free) passwords to Quicklaw, Lexis, Westlaw, eCarswell and CCH iWorks
for academic research.
Passwords will be handed out in first year small group classes.
For a CCH iWorks password please contact a reference librarian for details.
In addition, through , law students have access by
subscription to a number of online Internet services, including the English
Reports, the Law Reports (U.K.), Halsbury's Laws of England
and a number of international and foreign law databases.
There are a large number of resources at the University and at the
law school that are available to students to access from both on and
off campus. These resources include e-books, e-journals, online journal
indexes and online newspapers. Some of these resources, such as the
Index to Canadian Legal Literature, are fairly heavily used by law
students. These online resources are available on all campus computers
(and including some on campus residences).
When accessing these central resources from off campus, however,
it is ordinarily necessary to "dial in" via UTORdial the UofT's dial-in
Internet Service or through the "my.access" service if you use a commercial
ISP (Internet Service Provider) to prove that you are a U of T student.
my.access allows UofT students, staff and faculty with external internet
connections to use these restricted resources.
- If you are off-campus, you'll simply be asked to login, using either your UTORid and password or
your library card barcode and PIN, the first time you use a licensed
resource during each web session.
- No separate accounts required
- No browser configuration required
- No conflict with firewalls, etc.
Available anytime, on any computer and browser worldwide. Just close
your browser when done.