Library Services During the Exam Period

March 20, 2014

To all Law Students:

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

Extended Library Hours: Begin on Monday, March 24 and continue to Wednesday, April 23. During this time, the Law Library in Birge Carnegie will close later as follows:

Good Friday Closure: The Library will be closed on the Statutory Holiday on April 18.We will be open as usual on Easter Sunday April 20 and Monday April 21

***All Night Law Library Opening on the Eve of the Deadline for Written Work for Law Students Only***: The Law Library  will remain open all night on April 23, with librarians on duty, so that students have access to research help, resources, computers and printers ahead of the deadline for written work on Thursday April 24 at 10am. We will send out more details closer to the date.

Library Security: It is 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.

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 Bolan, Susan Barker, or Sooin Kim.

Study Rooms: The UofT Library has a list of bookable and non-bookable study rooms available at libraries across campus:

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.

Library Services:

For details on:

  • The past exams database
  • Overnight reserve loans
  • The core Law collection in Pratt
  • Treatises and ebooks for exam preparation
  • Computers and wireless printing

please click on this link


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

Overnight Reserve Book Loans: Short term loan (STL) books can 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: An extra copy of some of the highest circulating law books is available for loan from the Pratt Library’s reserve desk. These are available on a 2 hour loan and subject to Pratt’s rules with respect to overdue payments. A list of books available is here:

The Pratt Library’s hours are available here:

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 are in 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.

Non Print Alternatives for Locating Page Numbers for Cases with no Neutral Citation

March 5, 2014

When citing Canadian cases, the McGill Guide requires pinpoint citations to page numbers when there is no uniform citation available.  Since many the Library’s reporters are in storage the following is a list of locations and electronic alternatives for locating page numbers in cases that don’t have neutral citation.

Physical Copies

Bora Laskin has

  • Dominion Law Reports ( in the reading  room)
  • Ontario Reports (in the stacks)
  • Supreme Court Reports (in the stacks)

Electronic Services

  • Westlaw, QuickLaw and CanLII do not make the original pagination available and only provide paragraph numbers.
  • Bestcase  (available via the electronic library ) has PDFs of all series of the
    • Canadian Criminal Cases
    • Dominion Law Reports
    • Labour Arbitration Cases
    • Land Compensation Reports
    • Ontario Municipal Board Reports
  • Hein Online (available via the electronic library) has PDFs of the full set of
    • Supreme Court Reports

Recent Tables of Contents – February 2014

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