Bora Laskin Law Library - Teaching and Research Support for Facutly

By: Law U Toronto  09-12-2011
Keywords: Law, libraries, legal research

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

InfoEXPRESS Current

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 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.

Library Fines

Regular loans

0.50/day per book with one day grace

Short Term Loans

0.50/hour to a maximum of $7.50 a day

Recalled books

$2.00/day per book

Replacement Charge


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

First Years

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 Years

Upper-year students will benefit for additional training in specific subjects areas. Contact John Bolan to set up a session

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Electronic Resources, Law, Law Library, legal research, libraries, Library System,

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Bora Laskin Law Library - Library Services at a Glance

Regular hours of operation (Access to the library may be restricted to Law Students only during exam periods in April and December. Available to law firm libraries and government departments only. 10 computers in the law student alcove - main floor. 15 cents/per page elsewhere in the library.


Bora Laskin Law Library - Library Services for Law Undergraduates

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 to prove that you are a U of T student.


Bora Laskin Law Library - Library Services for Members of the Publics

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 no separate catalogue for just the Bora Laskin Law Library; the catalogue shows the listings of all campus libraries. Access to certain electronic resources is limited to registered law students due to licensing restrictions.


Bora Laskin Law Library - Library Services for Graduate Law Students

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 to prove that you are a U of T student. This page sets out the services that the Bora Laskin Law Library provides to graduate law students enrolled at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law for a Masters or Doctoral degree.