Library Rules


Library Rules for Licensees of the Law Society of Ontario

These rules are intended for the following library users: lawyer and paralegal licensees of the Law Society of Ontario, articling/LPP and summer students, judges, law clerks, law librarians, and other law firm staff.

Personal Conduct

The library strives to provide an environment that is conducive to productive research and study. All library users are expected to:

  • Treat other users and library staff with respect.
  • Refrain from disruptive behaviour or loud conversations.
  • Set cell phones to vibrate and not take or make calls in the library's quiet areas.
  • Exit the library promptly at closing time, during emergency evacuations (e.g. fire alarms), and whenever requested to leave by library staff or public safety personnel.
Library Materials

The Great Library is a reference library. Books and other materials may not be removed from the library, with the following exception: Law Society licensees may sign out books for short-term court use in Osgoode Hall and in courtrooms at 361 and 393 University Avenue.

Please help us to preserve and maintain our collection for the benefit of all library users. 

  • Report missing pages in loose leaf services to staff so that replacement pages can be ordered immediately.
  • Consult with staff before copying older books, law reports and statutory materials where the binding or paper appears fragile or damaged.
  • Do not deface library materials by underlining, marking or using adhesive "post-it" notes.
Computer Use

Library computers are provided for purposes of legal research and law-related work. Library computers are not intended for extended personal use.

Law Society licensees and articling students may access the library's subscription online services, including LexisNexis Quicklaw and WestlawNext Canada, free of charge using library computers or personal devices in the library. Wifi is available throughout the library.

Eating & Drinking

Food is not permitted in the Great Library. Beverages in closed containers are permitted.

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Library Rules for Public Users

Public users may only access the library through the main entrance to Osgoode Hall from Monday to Friday between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. There is no public access on weekday evenings after 5:00 PM, or on weekends and holidays.

As a private, licensee-funded facility, the Great Library prioritizes services and resources for the use of Law Society licensees and their agents. Public users (Non-Licensees) who need to conduct legal research may use the library in accordance with the following Rules:

  1. You must identify yourself to library staff and request permission to use the library. You will be asked to complete a Non-Licensee Request to Use the Library form and show photo identification.
  2. You may only use the library’s print resources.
  3. Library staff can direct you to appropriate resources, but cannot provide research assistance.
  4. Behaviour that is disrespectful, disruptive, or interferes with others’ use of library facilities, materials or services is prohibited.
  5. You may not disturb other library users to seek legal information or advice.
  6. Your cell phone should be set to vibrate. Calls should be taken &/or made outside the library.
  7. Eating is not permitted in the library. Beverages are permitted in closed containers.
  8. You must exit the library promptly during emergency evacuations (e.g. fire alarms) or whenever requested to leave by library staff or public safety personnel.

Library staff will enforce these rules in a fair and reasonable manner. At the discretion of staff, members of the public who violate the Rules will be asked to leave the library. Serious or continued violation may result in suspension of access to the library.  

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 Photography & Filming in the Great Library

Visitors are welcome to take photographs of the library for their personal/non-commercial use using hand-held cameras. No formal approval is required. We do ask that you not disturb, or take photos of library users or staff.

Prior written approval from the Law Society is required for all other photography and videography in the library. Please note that wedding photo shoots are not permitted in the library. Contact Shana DeRoché, Events Coordinator, Law Society of Ontario, Tel.: (416) 947-3300 ext. 2292.

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