In September, 2011, the Law Library of Osgoode Hall Law School reopened in its new facilities in the renovated law school after two years of construction.
- Library Services
- Study Facilities & Group Study Rooms
- Collections & Locations
- Library Maps
- Wireless Internet Access (AirYork & Eduroam)
- Photocopying, Printing & Scanning
- Copyright & Fair Dealing
The Osgoode Law Library offers full reference services and research assistance to students and faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School and York University, as well as members of the legal profession and visitors to the Library. Our innovative Core Collection, located in the Harris-Taylor Family Reading Room in the Upper Library, offers a complete law reference collection, including the Canadian Abridgment 3d, the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest 3d and Halsbury's Law of Canada, as well as access to complete sets of federal and Ontario statutes and regulations, and selected series of law reports (SCR, FC, DLR, OLR, OR).
The Osgoode Law Library provides seating for 350 people at study tables, carrels and extensive soft seating in two reading rooms: the Harris-Taylor Family Reading Room in the Upper Library and the McMillan LLP Reading Room in the Lower Library. Please note that all study spaces in the Harris-Taylor Family Reading Room (Upper Library) are reserved for the use of Osgoode Law students. All other patrons are asked to use the study spaces in the Lower Library's McMillan LLP Reading Room.
The Library has 12 group study rooms, six located on each floor, reserved exclusively for use by students of Osgoode Hall Law School. Osgoode students may reserve a group study room through our online booking app, which requires an Osgoode network login and Osgoode email address. Keys to the group study rooms are kept at the Circulation Desk.
There are also 22 PC workstations in the Computer Commons in the Lower Library. All workstations are provided with wireless access to the Osgoode and York networks and to the Internet.
- The Text collection is located on open stacks in the Lower Library.
- All other collections -- PER (Periodicals), RPT (Law Reports), STATS (Statutes) -- are located in the high-density compact stacks in the NE quadrant of the Lower Library.
- The Balfour Halévy Special Collections (SPEC-COLL) are located in the Canada Law Book Rare Book Room in the Lower Library.
- The microfiche and microfilm collections are located in the Computer Commons on the south side of the Lower Library. A digital microform reader/printer/scanner is located adjacent to the microfom cabinets. Documents can easily be converted to digital format and downloaded to a USB memory stick.
- Upper Library (Taylor-Harris Family Reading Room and Core Collection)
- Lower Library (Library Stacks and Compact Stacks)
- Compact Stacks
Visitors to the Osgoode library from other academic insitutions may use the Eduroam service to access wireless services throughout the law school and the York University campus. Osgoode students and faculty may also register for Eduroam, which allows York University community members who are visiting other
participating institutions to access the wireless internet service using
their York credentials.
Osgoode students may borrow a wireless-ready laptop computer for personal use. The normal loan period is 4 hours but all laptops must be returned half an hour before library closing. Late returns are subject to overdue charges of $3.00 per hour or any part thereof. Laptops can be requested at the Circulation Desk.
A document scanner is available in the Computer Commons, immediately next door to the Copy Room in the Lower Library.
A digital microform reader/scanner is located adjacent to the
microfom cabinets in the Computer Commons in the Lower Library. Documents can easily be converted to digital format
and downloaded to a USB memory stick.
The YU-card is now the exclusive payment method for photocopying and printing services in the library. If you are a non-York member or visitor to the campus and do not have a YU-card, you may purchase a Guest Card from the YU-card dispenser and account station in the Library's Copy Room (in the Lower Library) or at the Scott Library. The cost per photocopy is 10 cents.
There is no charge for using the document scanner or the digital microform reader/scanner.