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Library Services

The Great Library remains physically closed due to the pandemic.  You can still call, email, or chat with our staff.

 

Online Research Tutorials

The Great Library offers free one-on-one legislative research training sessions to interested summer law students, licensing candidates and licensees. In these online sessions a law librarian can help you refresh your skills or learn how to conduct research tasks, such as tracing the amendment history of a statute, searching Hansard online, or effectively navigating government legislation websites like eLaws and Justice Laws. We can also provide research guidance on a particular legislative problem you're currently working on.

Individual sessions of up to 45 minutes in length are available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Please sign up using our online form.

Document Delivery Service for Law Society Licensees

Law Society licensees and their agents may request copies of cases, legislation, articles and other legal materials sourced from the Great Library’s print and digital holdings, by filling out a Document Delivery Request Form.

Charges

Print-Sourced Documents

The following charges apply to documents copied from print sources, scanned to PDF and emailed:

  • 30¢ per page, plus a $10 handling charge per order (5 items or less), plus applicable taxes.
  • Rush surcharge (for orders required within 4 business hours): add $5.00 per item.
Electronic Documents
  • Up to 5 items (cases, legislation, journal articles, etc.) from electronic sources may be sent free of charge.
  • Requests for documents from the library’s online subscription services are subject to the terms and conditions of our license agreements.

Turn-around Time

Most requests are completed within 24 hours. Rush orders are completed within 4 business hours. Rush orders are accepted at the discretion of staff.

Copyright

Document delivery requests may be refused due to copyright restrictions. The Great Library’s document delivery service operates under the Access to the Law Policy and Guidelines.

If you have any questions about this Great Library service, please email us at refstaff@lso.ca.

To order copies of cases, articles, legislation, etc., please complete the Document Delivery Request Form.

Orientation Tours

Discover the beauty of the Great Library in historic Osgoode Hall. Learn about the services and extensive information resources, including free online databases, available to you. Library orientation tours are offered for law firm summer students, articling/LPP students, and new Law Society licensees from May through September. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Maximum number per tour is eight (8) persons.

To book a tour or to obtain further information, e-mail us at refstaff@lso.ca or call 416-947-3300, ext. 2510.

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Printing & Photocopying

Printing is available from most library computers. Print-outs can be picked up at the Centre Desk in the Main Reading Room. Photocopiers are located on the 2nd floor off the Main Reading Room. A microfiche/film machine with printing capability is located in the Reference Room.

Costs for printing and photocopying

  • 25¢ per page using cash / debit or credit
  • 20¢ per page using a copy card

Copy cards may be purchased for $1.00 and any value can then be added to the card using cash, debit card or credit card.

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Meeting Rooms

The Great Library has two meeting rooms available for Law Society licensees needing a quiet and private space for client consultation or trial preparation.

Consultation Room

  • Available Monday to Friday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.  
  • Accommodates up to 8 people.
  • Equipped with a white board, Internet access, LED projector and retractable screen.

Library Boardroom

  • Available Monday to Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
  • Accommodates up to 8 people.
  • Equipped with WiFi access and a white board.

How to book a room

There is no charge to book a library meeting room. To reserve a room, email us at refstaff@lso.ca (Monday through Friday 9 AM – 5 PM) and provide us with the following information:

  • Your name and affiliation.
  • Law Society member number.
  • Date, start and end time for your reservation.
  • Purpose for booking the room (client meeting, trial preparation, mediation, etc.).

Please note:

  • Meeting rooms may not be booked for use as private study or office space, or to provide CPD programs, seminars, workshops, or professional development sessions.
  • Meeting rooms may not be booked by any one licensee for more than 15 hours per month.
  • Food is prohibited in the meeting rooms. Beverages in covered containers are permitted.

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