Celebrating the library’s 500,000 visitor

September 18, 2018

Since the new Bora Laskin Law Library opened in February 2016 we have had many visitors, not only from the Faculty of Law community, but the U of T, other Canadian universities and from international visitors as well.  It has been an eventful 2 and a half years.  The library staff have answered countless reference questions, conducted hundreds of research sessions, participated in the first year LRW program, kept the print and electronic collections up-to-date and relevant, explained the mysteries of the McGill Guide and much more.

Today the library reaches a milestone, our 500,000 visitor will be crossing the threshold. Here is to 500,000 more!!!!


Building Begins

Starting to take shape

Torys Hall under construction

Moving in

First day back at the new library. Welcome to all.

Welcome to the Bora Laskin Law Library.

August 30, 2018

The librarians and staff of the Law Library look forward to working with you as you complete your legal studies. Our library occupies three levels of the Pavilion wing in the Jackman Law Building. Here you will have access to quiet study space, our extensive law collection, the Information Commons, and the expertise of our librarians and staff.

The entrance to the Library is located just off the Atrium on level 02. As you enter the Library you will find the Library Services desk, where you can borrow materials, including Reserve books, get reference advice and also find the Law School’s IT support.  Behind the desk is our Short Term/Course Reserve area, containing the most recent key treatises and required course materials.  Across from the desk is the Information Commons, which features 30 desktop computers for your use. In the alcove by the elevator you will find a state of the art book scanner and a new public printer/photocopier.

Torys Hall, the Library’s magnificent reading room on level 02 (the main floor) provides an impressive space for quiet study.  Next to the Reading Room in a small alcove on the other side of the grand staircase are our printing and copying facilities.

On the lower level (level 01) of the Library you will find most of our books and print reporters.  Our legislative materials are on level 2, and our print collection of law journals sits on level 3.

The library has 11 bookable group study rooms available for collaborative study. Three group study rooms are on level 02 adjacent to the reading room. An additional 8 group study rooms are on the top floor. The rooms are reserved for use by current students of the Faculty of Law, and can be booked online for groups of 4 or more.

For more information about the library’s resources and policies please visit our website at http://library.law.utoronto.ca

The Library’s strongest asset is its staff.  We will advise you on research strategy, find the most relevant materials to assist with your course work, show you how to get the best out of our electronic resources, solve any tricky citation problems that you can throw at us and sometimes just provide a sympathetic ear when you need one.  For a full list of the Library staff please check out Who We Are. We are also available online: come visit us on Facebook, Twitter and our award winning Blog.

During your time here the Law Library will become a trusted resource, a resting stop between classes and a home away from home. Welcome and best of luck with your law school career!

Accessing Your Courses in Quercus

Quercus is the new learning management system that has replaced Blackboard.

To Access Courses 

Until the add/drop course date, students in the Faculty of Law must first log into e.Legal to access courses. Once that date has passed, enrollment information will be updated via ACORN for Quercus.

To access courses on Quercus prior to the add/drop date (once your professor has made the course available):

1) Go to https://www.law.utoronto.ca/e-legal/library-resources/links-courses-quercus

2) Log into into e.Legal with your e.Legal username and password. You will arrive at the ‘Links to Quercus Courses’ page listing Law Faculty courses

3) Click on the link for your course

4) Sign into Quercus using your UTORid

* After the add/drop date, go to https://q.utoronto.ca/ and login with your UTORid.  You will then see a dashboard containing your courses.


Library Hours of Operation:

Regular hours begin September 4:

Monday – Thursday        8:45 am – 11:00 pm

Friday                                    8:45 am – 8:00 pm

Weekends                          10:00 am – 8:00 pm

New Additions to the Indigenous Perspectives Collection – August 2018

August 30, 2018


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Aboriginal legal issues: cases, materials & commentary / (5th ed)  John J. Borrows, Leonard I. Rotman.
KE7709 .B67 2018 Course Reserves
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Indigenous justice : new tools, approaches, and spaces / Jennifer Hendry, Melissa L. Tatum, Miriam Jorgensen, Deirdre Howard-Wagner, editors.
K3247 .I532 2018
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Indigenous people and the criminal justice system : a practitioner’s handbook / Jonathan Rudin.
KE7709 .R82 2019 Course Reserves
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Recent Tables of Contents – July 2018

August 24, 2018

New Books in the Library – July 2018

August 15, 2018

Lots of new books this month. For a full list of our new acquisitions, check our the July Acquisitions list.

   K1420.5 .S59 2018
Title: Big copyright versus the people : how major content providers are destroying creativity and how to stop them / Martin Skladany.
Publication info: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Subject: Copyright.
Subject: Copyright–Social aspects.
KE452 .C6 T96 2018
Title: An educator’s guide to internet and social media law in the classroom / Nadya Tymochenko, Gillian Tuck Kutarna.
Publication info: Toronto, Ontario : Thomson Reuters, [2018]
Subject: Social media–Law and legislation–Canada.
Subject: Internet in education–Law and legislation–Canada.
K230 .H47 2018
Title: Nobody’s law : legal consciousness and legal alienation in everyday life / Marc Hertogh.
Publication info: London, United Kingdom : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
Subject: Law–Philosophy.
Subject: Law–Public opinion.
Series: Palgrave Macmillan socio-legal studies.
Series: Palgrave pivot.
K623 .G37 2018
Title: From personal life to private law / John Gardner.
Edition: First edition.
Publication info: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Subject: Civil law–Philosophy.
Subject: Civil law–Psychological aspects.
Subject: Torts–Philosophy.
KZ3410 .G73 2018
Title: Legal monism : law, philosophy, and politics / Paul Gragl.
Edition: First edition.
Publication info: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Subject: International law–Philosophy.
Subject: Monism.
Series: International law in domestic legal orders.

New Additions to the Indigenous Perspectives Collection – July 2018

July 23, 2018
Aboriginal peoples and the law : a critical introduction / Jim Reynolds.
KE7709 .R47 2018

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Business implications of Aboriginal law /

general editor, Dwight Newman.
KE7709 .B88 2018 Course Reserves
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Indian treaties in the United States : an encyclopedia and documents collection /

Donald L. Fixico, editor.
KIE19 .I53 2018
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Indigenous nationals, Canadian citizens : from first contact to Canada 150 and beyond /

Thomas J. Courchene.

E78 .C2 C682 2018
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Report of an inquiry into an injustice : Begade Shutagot’ine and the Sahtu Treaty / Peter Kulchyski.
E99 .C59 K85 2018
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There’s something in the water : environmental racism in Indigenous and Black communities /

Ingrid R.G. Waldron.
HC120 .E5 W35 2018
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Who controls the hunt? : First Nations, treaty rights, and wildlife conservation in Ontario, 1783-1939 /

David Calverley; foreword by Graeme Wynn.
KEO916 .C35 2018
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New books in the Library – June 2018

July 5, 2018

The library staff have selected a bunch of new books for the library. For a full list of our new acquisitions, check our the June Acquisitions list.

HC120 .E5 W35 2018
Title: There’s something in the water : environmental racism in Indigenous and Black communities / Ingrid R.G. Waldron.
Publication info: Winnipeg ; Black Point : Fernwood Publishing, 2018.
Subject: Environmental policy–Canada.
Subject: Hazardous waste sites–Canada.
Subject: Indigenous peoples–Canada–Politics and government.
K213 .S86 2018
Title: Legal reasoning and political conflict / Cass R. Sunstein.
Edition: Second edition.
Publication info: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Subject: Law–Methodology.
Subject: Law–Political aspects.
Subject: Law–United States–Methodology
K230 .S2549 A35 2018
Title: Liberal legality : a unified theory of our law / Lewis D. Sargentich, Harvard Law School.
Publication info: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Subject: Law–Philosophy.
Subject: Rule of law.
Subject: Liberalism.
K487 .E3 B378 2018
Title: The republic of beliefs : a new approach to law and economics / Kaushik Basu. 
Publication info: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2018]
Subject: Law–Economic aspects.
RA1242 .C17 W54 2018
Title: Wigmore on cannabis : the forensic toxicology of marijuana for lawyers and other medicolegal professional / James G. Wigmore.
Publication info: Toronto, ON : Irwin Law, 2018.
Subject: Cannabis–Toxicology–Abstracts.
Subject: Cannabinoids–Toxicology–Abstracts.
Subject: Marijuana–Toxicology–Abstracts.

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