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Lexis Advance

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With Lexis Advance, we are pleased to provide the newest platform of the core research tool Quicklaw at the Great Library.

Lexis Advance provides access to case law from all Canadian jurisdictions, administrative tribunal decisions and selected legislation. Secondary sources include Halsbury’s Law of Canada, texts, journals, quantums, indexes and citators. Also available are case law and selected journals from U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

Also, we continue to provide access to the classic Quicklaw platform. Should you require assistance using any of our digital resources, our staff is available to provide support.

Members of the Law Society of Upper Canada, articling/LPP candidates, and law firm summer students may access the Great Library subscription services free of charge. To access these databases, you must visit the library.

-- Stefan Jürgens



New Books - January 2017

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  • The Law and Practice of Workplace Investigations by Shearer. KF 3540 S54 2017
    Covers employer’s duty to conduct workplace investigations, techniques and rules of conduct, as well as employee rights, privilege, negligent investigation, and recovery of costs.
  • Principles of Boundary Law in Canada by de Rijke. KF 639 D47 2016
    An in-depth treatment of the origins and operation of boundaries in real property law. Includes discussion of boundaries in the context of adverse possession, easements, public roads, aboriginal title and land surveying.
  • Religious Freedom and Communities edited by Newman. KF 4483 .C52 R45 2016
    A collection of papers on community and institutional aspects of religious freedom, including perspectives on indigenous religious freedom, Christian legal education and Trinity Western University.
  • The Written Contract of Employment by Harris & Alexander. KF 3457 H37 2016
    A thorough analysis of the creation, implementation and interpretation of employment contracts and their specific provisions. Also includes checklists, sample clauses, letters and policies.


Notable website

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“Got a question about the law? There’s a website for that …”*

Created by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) in collaboration with other reputable Ontario organizations, Steps to Justice was launched on Wednesday January 18, 2017. It is a practical starting point to assist people in dealing with common legal problems. The topics discussed include abuse and family violence, consumer law, criminal law, employment and work, family law, housing law, human rights, and social assistance. I especially liked the easy-to-understand glossary of legal terms.

 -- Chris Kycinsky

* Alyshah Hasham, Toronto Star, (January 18, 2017).


Library tours - January

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During January, the Great Library offers orientation tours for LPP candidates starting their work placements.

Designed to support the instructional and research needs of LPP candidates, our tours provide an introduction to the services and resources available to legal professionals at the Great Library.

Tours take approximately 45 minutes. The maximum number per tour is 8 participants.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, please contact us at


Storage and Retrieval

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The New York Public Library recently installed a robotic conveyor system for book retrieval. The state-of-the-art system, which cost $26 million, transports requested materials from off-site storage under Bryant Park to researchers working in the library’s iconic main branch at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Check out the NYPL’s video to see how the system works.

Here at the Great Library, books from storage are still retrieved and transported by humans. The library’s storage collection of approximately 50,000 volumes of historical documents, older legal texts  and legislative materials is housed on-site. Friendly staff will take your request, disappear into the basement and return within a few minutes with the required books.

Researchers may request items from “closed stack” collections Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.

-- Jeanette Bosschart


 View of NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Milstein Division  
(Photograph: Stefan Jürgens)

Holiday Library Hours - 2016

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~ To all, a happy and safe holiday from the staff at the Great Library ~ 


During the Holiday Season, library hours of operation will be as follows:


  •  Friday, December 23 – Tuesday, December 27, 2016  


  • Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 9AM to 10PM
  • Thursday, December 29, 2016 , 9AM to 10PM


  • Friday, December 30, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017 

~ Regular hours resume Saturday, January 3, 2017 ~




Scan on the go!

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If you need to scan a document or a page from a book, but can’t find a scanner, the cellphone in your pocket might offer a solution. With the installation of an app, meet your portable CamScanner.

By using your phone’s camera, CamScanner turns your phone into a portable document scanner. The basic app is free to download and use, and is available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8 operating systems. While the app offers expanded options with a subscription fee, I find the basic app does everything I need.

The way the app works is quite simple. First, open the app and take a photo of the document you wish to capture. This image file can be in color, grayscale, or black and white. Then, easily crop the image to remove extraneous content. The app provides a usable optical character recognition (OCR) and allows for the addition of watermarks. Multiple pages can be incorporated into a single document file. Finally, you can share the document as a .pdf or .jpeg file. There are more sharing options available via the premium subscription.

For more about the nuts and bolts of the app, see online reviews from LawyerTech Review and PCMag, etc. There are some other scanner apps available, too. You can read about them at’s The Best Mobile Scanning Apps of 2016.



-- Stefan Jürgens