Yes we are still at 78 Queen’s Park…

June 21, 2013

but not for much longer.  We will be here for the rest of June and into early July.

The library is continuing to operate as usual providing reference and loans services.  You can continue to return books to 78 Queen’s Park and check out any books that have not been moved to Robarts.  Check the holdings in the  catalogue to find out where the books are currently located.

The book's location is indicate as above


Another Walk Down Memory Lane…

June 17, 2013

This photo has been sitting in my files since the library reopened in 1991.  The first book ever signed out at the Bora Laskin Law Library.  The students were on one of the moot teams and if my memory serves me correctly their names were David, Tamara and Gord.

The first book signed out at the Bora Laskin Law Library. Notice the mover in the background on the left.

The first book ever signed out at the Bora Laskin Law Library.  David, Tamara and Gord.


No News is..

June 14, 2013

…well no news really.  The library is still at 78 Queen’s Park, open and operating with our core collection and providing all services including circulation and reference.  As soon as we know the date of the final move and when we will be open and operating at Birge Carnegie we will let you know.

 


Nostalgia Day…

June 12, 2013

Regular move updates will resume shortly.

Since we are still in a holding pattern a few of the library staff have been clearing up their offices in preparation for the move and we have  unearthed some interesting artifacts and memorabilia.

There are a number of staff members at the Bora Laskin Law Library (Bonnie, Nancy, Rashid and myself) who have been at the library since back before there was a Bora Laskin Law Library.

An artists rendering of the Law Library from the 1691-62 Calendar

An artist’s rendering of the old  Law Library from the 1961-62 Calendar

A photo of the reading room from the 1963-64 Calendar - still very much a male domain, not a woman in sight.

A photo of the reading room from the 1963-64 Calendar – still very much a male domain, not a woman in sight.

Prior to 1988 we were just called the University of Toronto Law Library; originally built in the early 1960’s and still interesting architecturally, by the 1980’s the library  was no longer large enough to house our collection or function as an adequate research or study space. It was cramped and dusty;  there was no  air-conditioning in the summer – I remember one poor student who’s mascara literally melted down her face one day during a particularly long and nasty heat wave – and there was way too much heating in the winter. The building was  joined to Falconer by a two story glass atrium with white and black checkerboard floor tiles and, what I always remember as a catwalk,  leading from the elevator and stairs in the atrium to the second floor where the stacks were housed.  By the time I arrived in 1986 the building had  been the home of  many generations of squirrels and sundry other house guests for years.  And so by the late 1980’s it was time to renew.

Ground Breaking Ceremony: July 14, 1988,  JRS Pritchard and David Peterson

Ground Breaking Ceremony: July 14, 1988,         JRS Pritchard and David Peterson

I remember the day of the ground breaking ceremony, July 14. 1988.  All the staff were given ceremonial (I am not sure they were really functional) hard hats and T shirts.  The dignitaries got to keep their commemorative shovels.

the last remaining hard hat and t-shirt.  From the crack that spontaneously

the last remaining hard hat and t-shirt.

Many books were packed away into storage and the remainder along with the library staff moved into a small corner of the Robarts Library and construction began

and so construction began.

Building the Bora Laskin Law Libary


Still Holding….

June 10, 2013

and we are still at 78 Queen’s Park and waiting for phase 2 of the move to begin.

If you have books to return, please return them to 78 Queen’s Park as usual until we move over to Birge-Carnegie

The Faculty has prepared a useful  FAQ for students outlining what to expect during the transition.


Move Update: June 6th

June 6, 2013

We are in a bit of a holding pattern right now.  The books at Robarts are processed and accessible and the books remaining here at 78 Queen’s Park are also still accessible.

We are waiting to hear the exact date when the move of materials to storage will be happening.  After that library staff and the core collection will be moved to Birge Carnegie.

The library at 78 Queen’s Park is still open and fully functional.  So please feel free to drop by. Librarians are still available to assist you with your research and are happy to do so.

So what are we doing to get ready for the move?

SK - all organized and ready to go

SK – all organized and ready to go

JB - also in pretty good shape, just a few more boxes to go

JB – also in pretty good shape, just a few more boxes to go

Hmm! it looks like JB might have his work cut out for him

Hmm! it looks like JP might have his work cut out for him

Oh but wait, Aly and Phi have to deal with...

Oh but wait, Aly and Phil have to deal with…

this

this

and this - eek!

and this – eek!

of course Jean-Luc and the cats are coming

of course Jean-Luc and the cats are coming


Tables of Contents – May 2013

June 4, 2013

Appeal – Volume 18 (2013)
Canadian Class Action Review/Revue canadienne des recours collectifs – Volume 8, no. 2 (May 2013)
Canadian Criminal Law Review/Revue canadienne de droit penal – Volume 17, no. 2 (2013)
Constitutional Forum/Forum constitutionnel  – Volume 22, no. 1 (2013)
Journal of International Law and International Relations– Volume 8 (2012)
Journal of Law & Equality Volume 10 (Spring 2013)
Osgoode Hall Law Journal– Volume 50, no. 1 (Summer 2012)
Osgoode Hall Law Journal– Volume 50, no. 2 (Fall 2012)
Osgoode Hall Law Journal– Volume 50, no. 3 (Winter 2013)
Queen’s Law Journal – Volume 38, no. 2 (Spring 2013)
Saskatchewan Law Review– Volume 76, no. 1 (2013)
University of New Brunswick Law Journal/Revue de Droit de université du Nouveau-Brunswick – Volume 63 (2012)
University of Toronto Law Journal– Volume 63, no. 1 (Winter 2013)
University of Toronto Law Journal– Volume 63, no. 2 (Spring 2013)