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Welcome to the Law Library!

Osgoode Hall Law School Library’s mission is to support the intensive research and innovative teaching for which Osgoode Hall Law School is known, by collecting, organizing, preserving and disseminating legal and law-related information in any form; by providing effective service and instruction; and by exploiting electronic information systems to provide access to new information products and services. Our vision is to be a leader in the innovative provision of information and services on Canadian law and law in context.


With more than 800,000 volumes (print and print-equivalent), the Law Library of Osgoode Hall Law School is the largest law library in Canada. The Library’s Balfour Halévy Special Collections in the John R. Cartwright Rare Book Room comprise a significant collection of early English and American law books and the largest collection of historical (pre-1950) Canadian legal texts and primary law sources anywhere.

These outstanding print collections, of international calibre, are supplemented by an ever-growing range of online and digital resources, including HeinOnline, LexisNexis, Quicklaw and WestlawNext Canada, to which all members of both the Osgoode and York University communities have access. There are many country and topic-specific tools which provide researchers with in-depth access to the laws of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, India, the Caribbean, China, and the United Nations.


Access to these print and online resources is made possible by a staff of professional law librarians, who are available to assist students, faculty members, alumni and the profession with reference and research enquiries and with training in the use of online resources.