What We Have

The Osgoode Hall Law School Library is the largest law library in Canada and one of the largest in the Commonwealth. We have near-comprehensive holdings in the legal literature of Canada (both the English common law and French civil law traditions) and extensive holdings for Great Britain, the United States, and other common law jurisdictions. The library has especially strong collections of primary legal materials -- ie, law reports, statutes, regulatory and legislative materials -- and bound law journals for common law jurisidictions, as well as international tribunals and the United Nations. Our Core Collection, shelved separately in the Upper Library's Harris-Taylor Family Reading Room as a ready-reference collection for our students, is reflective of the collection one might find in the library of a large law firm.

Collection Development Policy

The Library adopted a new Collection Development Policy in February 2013. Developed with substantial input from the School's Library Committee, the new policy emphasizes both existing and developing areas of topical and material strengths in the Library's collections. It also establishes a signficant role for digital resources and is reflective of our current understanding of the balance between print and digital in contemporary Canadian law. Though the Policy is a only a general guide to our practices, we hope that sharing it will contribute to a better understanding of our collections and of our role as a resource for all Canadians. We invite comment and hope it contributes to our own better sense of how to develop our collections in the future.

Special Collections

The Library's Balfour Halévy Special Collections of historic and rare Canadian, British and American legal materials are unrivalled in Canada and of international significance. They are comprised of Canadian legal materials published through 1950; British and Irish materials published through 1920; early trials published through 1900; civil law material published in France through 1900 which are relevant to Quebec; some Canadian and British manuscripts; as well as a small number of broadsides, mainly from England. There is also a separate collection of Osgoodiana, ie, materials produced at or about Osgoode Hall Law School (eg, casebooks, theses and publications by Osgoode faculty). These special collections are preserved and can be consulted in the Canada Law Book Rare Book Room at the heart of our library.