Library Services During the Exam Period, November-December 2013

As exams approach, here is a reminder about the increased Library hours and additional services the Law Library is offering

Library Services and Extended Hours

Extended Library Hours: Begin today (Monday, November 18) and continue to Wednesday December 18. During this time, the Law Library in Birge Carnegie will be open earlier and close later as follows:

  • Monday through Friday: 8:45 am until midnight
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10 am until 10 pm

Hours for all campus libraries can be found here:

Overnight Reserve Book Loans:

Short term loan (STL) books can now be signed out overnight. STL books signed out ½ hour before closing are due back at 9:30 the next day (11am on weekends). STL books signed out overnight cannot be renewed.

Core Law Collection in Pratt:

Starting in December we will be making an extra copy of some of the highest circulating law books available for loan from the Pratt Library’s reserve desk. These will be available on a 2 hour loan and subject to Pratt’s rules with respect to overdue payments. More details and a list of books available will follow shortly.

The Pratt Library’s hours are available here:

Library Security: It’s important to remember that the law school buildings, including the Library at Birge, are open to the public. As such, please keep your valuables with you or ask a friend to watch them if you need to leave your study area even for a minute. Thefts have occurred in campus libraries and the weeks leading up to exams sometimes see a spike of activity across campus. Please report any incidents to the Campus Police at 416-978-2222.

Exam Preparation

Past Exams: The past five years of exams are available on You will need to enter your password and follow the instructions on screen to access the exam database.

Research Help:  As deadlines for papers approach remember that the librarians are available to advise you on research strategy, databases and citation style. Please feel free to contact John BolanSusan Barker, or Sooin Kim.

Treatises: All of the major subject treatises are available at the Short Term Loan desk on the lower floor of Birge. For help in identifying a major treatise for your subject please talk to one of the librarians or consult our guides at:

Irwin Law: The Library has eBook access to the current titles from Irwin Law. Irwin’s Essentials of Canadian Law books provide overviews of Canadian legal topics aimed at law students. For each Irwin Law book we have a license that allows three people to access the book online at the same time. This is in addition to the print copies of each book in Short Term Loan. To use an eBook version of an Irwin law book:

  • look up the title in the library catalogue: (under “Search Library Holdings”)
  • look for the most recent edition – click on the record that contains “Link: Irwin Law
  • If you are off-campus you will be prompted to enter your UTORid and password.

Computers and Printing: Computers have now been installed on the lower floor of the library for student use. The Library will continue to offer wireless printing at the student rate of 10 cents per page on the printer next to the  main floor reading room (single sided printing is 15 cents/page). To set up your laptop for wireless printing please follow the instructions found here:

Wireless printing is also available at other libraries on campus (using a different printing system from the one at Bora Laskin). Please visit for instructions. 

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