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.
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.
And here is the view of the construction from philosophers walk as it looks today.
June 26, 2015
It has been a long time coming, but the new Bora Laskin Law Library and the new Jackman Law Building are beginning to take recognizable shape as a school, workplace and library.
Interim Chief Librarian Gian Medves recently went on a tour of the renovated library space and came back with some photos of the new space. While we can see it is still very much a construction zone, the library staff are beginning to envision how our old/new home will look. It is pretty exciting!
Those of us who remember the lovely views of Philosopher’s Walk from the main floor reading room are happy to see the new reading room will still have those great views.
So with a bit of imagination, take a look a the new space.
This will be the view on entering the library. Very much like in the old library, the circulation, reference and IT services will be be on the left as you walk in. On the right will be student space and study rooms
Here is the main floor reading room viewed from the upper floor . The room will serve double duty as a reading room and (a pretty spectacular) event space when needed. The views are wonderful in all seasons . I am sure it will be a popular place for students to study and relax
The group study rooms on the upper floor are a far cry from the dull interior rooms in the old space. These rooms look out north to the Faculty of Music
Stay tuned. We will have more photo’s to share as the building gets closer to completion.
July 15, 2013
The move of items to storage will be completed by tomorrow. Over 3000 boxes of books have been moved out so far and the remainder will go either today or tomorrow.
The library is still open, despite the hoarding around the Queen’s Park section of the property. Librarians as still here to assist with your reference questions. It is likely the staff and core collection will move to Birge Carnegie early next week. We will keep you posted as to the dates the library will be closed as soon as we know.
So how many boxes do we need to move 80,000 books?
many, many, many!!!!!
Apparently the working mice are coming with us. Luckily we are leaving the squirrels behind.
July 8, 2013
Starting on July 9th, movers will begin to move material from the library into storage. Approximately 80,000 volumes will be moved out over the course of the week. There will be noise and disruption as well as moving boxes and equipment in the aisles. Please be careful.
The library will be open and all services will be available during this time. The final move to Birge-Carnegie will likely take place at the end of July.
The volumes moving to storage will not be retrievable are however there are alternative locations either on campus or online for most of this material. Please contact any one of the reference librarians if you need assistance in locating the resources you need:
- Canada: Statutory materials (except as noted in our FAQ) (available at Government Publications – 5th Floor Robarts)
- Ontario: Statutory materials (except as noted in our FAQ) (available at Government Publications – 5th Floor Robarts)
- Provincial statutes (except Ontario) (available at Government Publications B2 Storage area – (must be requested online for in-library use only))
- Canadian reporters (except as noted in our FAQ) (Online (most) or interlibrary loan)
- UK primary materials (except as noted in our FAQ) (Online (some) or interlibrary loan)
- USA primary materials main collection ((except as noted in our FAQ) (Online (most) or interlibrary loan)
- Non-Canadian, UK or US primary materials (Online (some) or interlibrary loan)
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.
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 ever signed out at the Bora Laskin Law Library. David, Tamara and Gord.
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.