Library Services for Osgoode Faculty

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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 to take advantage of their assistance. Students and faculty are advised to book appointments with reference librarians for extensive and time consuming consultations.

Library Liaisons

Each Osgoode faculty member – both full-time and adjunct – is assigned a reference librarian as a Library liaison to provide personalized assistance with research queries and accessing specialized Library services. Library liaisons are professional librarians specialized in both legal and interdisciplinary research using the full resources of the Osgoode Law Library and other York University libraries. Library services offered or facilitated by the Library liaisons include:

  • Compiling topical bibliographies
  • Training student Research Assistants (RAs)
  • Demonstrating and assisting with Lexis (Quicklaw), Westlaw and other electronic resources
  • Preparing and providing topical research/bibliographic instruction sessions for your classes or seminars
  • Assisting you with collecting and compiling materials for your course website (Quickr)
  • Assisting you with accessing our current awareness services for faculty

Though you are welcome to deal directly with any of the Library staff, we encourage you to contact your Library liaison with any questions or recommendations.

Placing Materials in the Core or Reserve Collections

If there are any Library books which you have identified as required reading for your class and which you think may be in high demand by your students, the Library can move them into our Core Collection (24-hour loan) or Reserve Collection (3-hour loan).

To request the transfer of any books into the Core or Reserve Collections, please send an email to circulation services with the basic information (author, title, edition, publisher and year of publication) of the books you would like transferred. Alternatively, you may attach a list of titles to the email. When recommending titles for the Core or Reserve Collections, please submit only titles that are “required” reading for your courses. Please do not ask us to put titles from extended “suggested” or “recommended” reading lists on short-term loan, as the quantity of work can be overwhelming and the loan restriction unnecessary. A librarian will contact you if there are any questions about or problems with your request.

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

The Library can obtain any material required by Osgoode faculty members that is not available at other libraries at York University and is not available from electronic sources (e-resources) at York. Interlibrary loans can only be requested and processed using RACER, York University’s online interlibrary loan service. There is no charge to Osgoode faculty for this service.

Passwords for Online Legal Research

All Osgoode faculty and students are entitled to personal educational passwords for the major online 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).

NOTE: Online services (Lexis/Quicklaw, WestlawNext Canada) and other eResources are to be used only for purposes of research, class preparation and teaching at Osgoode. Any other use of eResources, especially for commercial or work-related purposes, is forbidden and constitutes a serious breach of our licences for these services.

Research Assistants

To help them better serve the faculty for whom they are working, Research Assistants (RAs) are issued special borrowing privileges in the Osgoode Library. To obtain these privileges, they must first register with the Library. The RA’s faculty supervisor must first complete the upper portion of the application.

Before these special privileges can be issued to your RA, any Library accounts issued to your previous Research Assistant(s) must be clear of all charges, fines or penalties. Additionally, the RA’s personal Library account must also be free of any outstanding fines before the special borrowing privileges can issued.

Mooting Teams

Special, extended borrowing privileges are granted to all moot team members at Osgoode. The Mooting Director must notify the Library of the team members, after which each team member will be issued with a special borrower’s card. The loan period associated with these cards is 100 days or the date of expiry of the card, whichever comes first. This loan period does not apply to reserve materials, for which the normal reserve loan period remains in effect. Each team member is responsible for any Library materials signed out to him/her and for ensuring that they are returned on time.

Current Awareness Services

There are many ways for faculty to stay current with new articles and research published in their areas of expertise. Please do not hesitate to consult with your assigned Liaison Librarian to develop a current awareness profile. Among useful services are the following:

  • CILP (Current Index to Legal Periodicals): A weekly email alert service from the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library of the University of Washington School of Law (Seattle). Your assigned librarian can help you set up a SmartCILP customized selection of subject-specific alerts or tables of contents alerts for recently-published law review articles.
  • HeinOnline and Digital Commons email alerts: Your Library advisor can assist you with setting up email alerts for the tables of contents of specific journals available on HeinOnline or open access journal websites using Digital Commons or Open Journal System platforms.
  • RSS Feeds: You may need to download and install an RSS Feed reader on your computer if you don’t already have one. Your assigned librarian will be pleased to help you. For more information on installing, go to The feed reader periodically connects to the journal listings and automatically retrieves the content pages.

Recommendations for Purchase & Rush Orders

If you learn of or need to consult any book, regardless of whether a new or older title, that is not owned by the Osgoode Library or York University Libraries and you believe it would be appropriate for our collection, please do not hesitate to submit a request for its purchase. If you specify that you need the book quickly for essential research, we can put a rush on the order and make sure you are notified when it is received.