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.
Support for Electronic Courseware and Teaching Tools
The University of Toronto Library system subscribes to many resources that would be useful to legal research including egal periodicals 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 through the "my.access" service if you use a commercial ISP (Internet Service Provider) 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.
Training in the Use of Electronic Resources
Current Awareness Services
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 at gian dot medves @utoronto.ca or at 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.
Previewing New Acquisitions
In the alternative, newly acquired library material in hard copy is available for previewing in the reading room on the main floor (row 60). 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 yellow request slips that you can fill out to have a book signed out or an article photocopied and sent to you.
Electronic Reserve Readings
Hard Copy Reserve Readings
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
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.
0.50/day per book with one day grace
Short Term Loans
0.50/hour to a maximum of $7.50 a day
$2.00/day per book
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 Anna Szot-Sacawa if you have any concerns with respect to fines accrued at the law library. Refer all other fines concerns to the borrowing library. Pay your fines at the Law Library (even for fines on books from other libraries) as the library retains any fines revenue collected on site.
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
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 at to set up a session.
Upper-year students will benefit for additional training in specific subjects areas. Contact John Bolan to set up a session