Library Services During the December 2014 Exam Period

Extended Library Hours

Begin on Monday, November 17 and continue until Wednesday, December 17. During this time, the Law Library in Birge Carnegie will be open as follows:

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

The Robarts library offers 24 hour access Sunday night to Friday night. Details here: . Hours for all campus libraries can be found here:

The Library will close at 5 pm on Thursday, December 18 and Friday, December 19. 

Winter Holiday Closure

The Library will be closed for the Winter Holiday beginning Saturday, December 20 through Sunday, January 4. We will return to our regular hours on Monday, January 5.

Library Security

 It is important to remember that the law school buildings, including the Library at Birge Carnegie, 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 or drop in to see John Bolan, Susan Barker, or Sooin Kim. The reference desk is staffed from 10:00 – 4:00 from Monday to Friday.

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 exam database. You will need to enter your password and follow the instructions on screen to access the exam database.


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: .

Electronic Books

 Students have access to e-books from a variety of sources

 WestlawNext and Quicklaw/LexisNexis.

 Both these databases provide access to current Canadian commentary on a variety of topics from the leading Canadian publishers inlcuding many that are listed in our research guides. You can locate this commentary via the library’s list of electronic treatises and loose-leaf services. Login with your Quicklaw or WestlawNext password, as appropriate, to access these texts.  

Cambridge and Oxford Books Online

Many of the current texts published by the Cambridge and Oxford University Presses are online in e-book format and available through the library catalogue. Search by title in the library catalogue if you know the title you are looking for or check the following lists to see if what is available electronically. Cambridge Books Online or Oxford Scholarship Online

Irwin Law Books

 The Library has eBook access to the current titles from Irwin’s Essentials of Canadian Law. 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
  • e-books are identified with [electronic resource] after the title in the catalogue record
  • Click on the Irwin Law link
  • 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.

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