A Sneak Peek at the New Library

October 30, 2015

By Alexia Loumankis

On Sunday, October 24, some of the Library staff got a sneak peek of the Jackman Law Building during a tour of the construction site. Thanks to Sooin Kim for the great photos.

The Reserve Collection

While it’s currently housing construction supplies and a make-shift meeting room, when finished this area will house the course reserves and circulation, IT, and reference desks.

library image 2This area is the information commons. While the entire Jackman building will have wireless connectivity and plenty of outlets and charging stations, the information commons will have numerous personal computers and a printing and scanning station.

library image 3Group study rooms can be found throughout the new library. Here are two next to the information commons.

library image 4The Grand Reading Room will have plenty of study space. Behind the stairs will be stacks of Canadian legislation and case law.

library image 5Given its grandeur, it will also be a great space for parties and gatherings. The rules forbidding food and drink in the Library may be overlooked. Shhhh …

library image 6The outside of the building is covered in glass, and limestone “fins” — an homage to the older limestone buildings on campus with a nod to modernity.


Recent Tables of Contents – September 2015

October 26, 2015

Construction: Then and Now (Part 1)

October 26, 2015

Recently while organizing the Bora Laskin Law Library’s files, one of our staff members came across some photos of the demolition of the first University of Toronto Faculty of Law Library in preparation for building the Bora Laskin Law Library that existed from 1991 t0 2014.

This is the view of the old building from Philosopher’s Walk. The bottom floor was the classroom wing and the upper two floors housed the library.

old law library

Here is a view of the construction site from a similar angle once the demolition had started. One interesting thing that stands out is the lack of construction hoarding in the middle photo.  The workers are wearing hard hats but there is very little evidence of a great deal of consciousness of health and safety unless the photo was taken from inside the hoarding.  Times have changed. A bit of research shows that in the early 1990’s more stringent Health and Safety Regulations were enacted including O Reg 213/91 which focuses specifically on construction sites.

construction 2

And here is the view of the construction from philosophers walk as it looks today.

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20 Years of the Women’s Human Rights Resources Website

October 6, 2015

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Women’s Human Rights Resources website on the Bora Laskin Law Library homepage.

The WHRR website was created in 1995 at the initiative of Professor Rebecca Cook and Ann Rae, former Chief Librarian of the Bora Laskin Law Library. The information on the site built upon “A Select Bibliography of Women’s Human Rights” published in the April 1995 edition of the America University Law Review by Professor Cook and Valerie Oosterveld of the University of Toronto. The main goal of the WHRR website was to provide information to assist individuals and organizations in using international women’s human rights law to promote women’s rights. During the past 20 years, the website has evolved into a searchable database which includes the full-text of some journal articles and links to others.  It is currently being maintained and updated by the law school’s International Human Rights Program WHRR working group.

The website is well respected throughout the world having received visitors from 95 countries over the past year.

In that light here is some food for thought. Graffiti on the hoardings of the new Faculty of Law Building. Feel free to discuss.

Graffiti outside the new Faculty of Law building

Graffiti outside the new Faculty of Law building

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