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Bora Laskin Law Library

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How to Locate Law Books

Step 1: Use catalogues to locate material

Check the University of Toronto catalogue (UTCat) by title, author, subject or keyword to find relevant books or other material. Robarts library has a useful page on how to search UTCat.

UTCat is a campus wide catalogue that searches books from multiple campus libraries (note: books from the Rotman business library and from Centre for Industrial Relations are not fully catalogued in UTCat). Books in UTCat held by the Bora Laskin Law Library have the word "LAW" as part of the call number (books in UTCat from Robarts, by way of contrast, have the word "ROBA" as part of the call number). The following additional LAW location codes are also found in UTCat:

  • LAW A - at the Reference Desk on the main floor
  • LAW B - on the Reference Shelves (Row 1 ~ 3) on the main floor
  • LAW C or STL - on the Reserve Shelves - ask at the circulation desk
  • LAW S - in the Storage Room - ask the circulation staff to retrieve this material

Step 2: Placing holds or recalls

University of Toronto students and other members of the community can place holds on material that is charged. In addition, if the material has been charged by a faculty member or a graduate student it is possible to place a manual recall on the item (through our circulation desk staff) to have the book recalled after an initial 2-week period has passed.

Step 3: Checking other library catalogues

If you cannot find relevant books from the UTCat, or if your book is missing from the shelf, check the York University catalog or the Great Library catalog to see if either of these libraries carry the material. If so, you can consider going to York University's law library (4700 Keele Street) or the Great Library (130 Queens Street West, Osgoode Subway station) to look at the material (U of T graduate students can obtain borrowing privileges at York; the Great Library is a reference library - its books do not circulate). Alternatively, check out LibDex, a website that has links to library catalogues throughout the world.

Step 4: Interlibrary loans

Alternatively, if you are a U of T law student or faculty member, you can ask us to place an interlibrary loan request to see if we can obtain the material for you (e-mail with the details of your request or ask at the circulation desk).