Library Resources and Collections

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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 jurisdictions, 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 and reserve collection for our students, is reflective of the collection one might find in the library of a large law firm.

These extensive print collections are supplemented by an ever-growing range of online and digital resources, including LexisNexis, Quicklaw and WestlawNext Canada, to which all members of the Osgoode community have access. There are many country and topic-specific tools, providing researchers with in-depth access to the law of Australia, India, the Caribbean, international commercial arbitration and United Nations treaties and documents.

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.