Library Services

library resources

Osgoode Hall Law School Library is a full-service academic law library offering a complete array of professional and legal research services to the students and faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School and York University, as well as to Osgoode alumni, members of the Ontario bar, and members of the public. Our librarians and professional staff are available in person, by phone and by email to help you. The circulation desk is located near the entrance in the library, 1011F. Users may inquire about their account, pick up holds, pay fines and issue refunds, and borrow books here. Users may also take advantage of one of our two self-service kiosks to borrow books.

Library staff are able to assist you with general questions, printing and photocopying troubleshooting, and locating print material on the shelves. For research-related inquires the library’s reference desk is located next to the circulation desk, 1011E. The desk is staffed by professional law librarians who are experts in legal research.

The following section outlines specific information on library services available to our main user groups. Click on the relevant tab below to discover the services tailored to you.

Reference & Research Services

Full-time, professional reference librarians, specialized in legal research, are available to assist you in accessing the library’s services and resources to find the information you need. Please visit, phone (416-736-5207) or email the library’s reference desk. For in-depth consultations, students and faculty are encouraged to book appointments with reference librarians.

Passwords for Online Legal Research

All Osgoode faculty and students are entitled to personal educational passwords for the major CALR (Computer-assisted Legal Research) services (CCH Online, LexisNexis/Quicklaw, WestlawNext Canada). There are also a number of specialized online services that require a Library username and password for access. These latter requirements are always indicated in our database of eResources @ Osgoode. For information about any of these password-related services, please contact the Reference Desk (416-736-5207).

Inter-library Loans (ILL)

The library may obtain material required by Osgoode students that is neither available at any York University library nor from electronic sources (e-resources). An inter-library loan (ILL) can only be requested and processed using RACER (Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting), York University’s online inter-library loan service. There is no charge to Osgoode students for this service.

Loaner Laptops

Osgoode students may borrow a wireless-ready laptop computer for personal use. All laptops must be returned 30 minutes before the library closes. Late returns are subject to overdue charges. To borrow a laptop, please request one at the circulation desk.

Mooting Teams

Library materials for mooting teams are available for loan. The mooting director should contact the Osgoode circulation desk for any special requirements. Mooting directors should also be prepared to provide a list of team members to library staff. Please note that resources from the Core Collection for mooting are unavailable for extended loan beyond the established loan period of 24 hours. Mooting team members who sign out material on behalf of their team are solely responsible for renewing or returning library materials on or before the due date and for any overdue charges accrued.

Research Assistants

In order to take full advantage of library resources as a Research Assistant to an Osgoode faculty member, it is necessary to register as a Research Assistant with the Library. Before submitting the application, your faculty instructor must complete the upper portion of the application. Please contact the circulation desk (416-736-5206) if you have any questions.