Welcome Back!

It’s orientation week for the Class of 2023, welcome to the Osgoode Hall Law School Library!

The library space is currently closed but we have loads of resources to support you throughout your studies.

All library electronic resources continue to be accessible to support teaching and learning in this new environment. The Osgoode Library has a wide selection of e-books in some of the databases available for the use of faculty and students. You will be required to log in with your Passport York user ID and password.

A list of the databases is available here E-Book Access @ the Osgoode Library.

These interactive video tutorials have been created to help you understand Law Library services and resources. In the coming months, more specialized ones will be posted.

Please continue to check the Law Library website, blog and our various social media platforms for updates on library services and resources.  

  • Twitter – @OsgoodeLawLib
  • Instagram – @OsgoodeLawLib
  • Blog
  • Sign up to receive alerts for the New Titles List

The Osgoode Law Library space is still closed and inaccessible. This is in compliance with Provincial and York University guidelines.

However, we are offering the Curbside Pick Up Service. You are able to request circulating materials in the Osgoode Library that are only available in PRINT. All requests have to be submitted online. More information is available here: https://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/library/covid-19-osgoode-library-faq/

Curbside Pick Up Service will be available to JD students from Monday August 31, 2020.

Research Consultation
Reference services continue to be virtual via email – lawref@osgoode.yorku.ca.

You can book a Zoom consultation through the online booking system LibCal.

Monday – Friday
10:00am – 4:00pm

Returning Library Items
All books checked out from the library can be returned to the book drop located on the south west entrance of the Osgoode Hall Law School (Nelson Road Parking Lot side)

Interlibrary Loans and Document Delivery Services
Interlibrary loans for print books through RACER have been suspended until further notice. But you can submit a request for journal articles that are not available in the Osgoode or York University libraries collection. You need a RACER account to submit your request.

Document delivery to law firms and government departments continue to be unavailable.

Library Contact
For more information about library services, please contact us:

  • By email: library@osgoode.yorku.ca
  • Telephone: 416-736-5206
  • Or take a virtual tour of the Osgoode Library

Good luck and I look forward to connecting with you sometime!

Virtual Legal Research Workshop

This year the Library is pleased to offer a legal research workshop via Zoom on Wednesday May 6, from 10 AM to 12:30 PM.

While the session is geared primarily to Research Assistants, all students are welcome to participate.

Topics to be covered:

• Using Omni
• Accessing eBooks
• Finding journal articles for legal and multidisciplinary topics
• Historical legal research
• Noting up legislation and cases
• Finding foreign, comparative and international law materials
• Using Zotero
• Creating profiles in ORCID and Scopus

Please RSVP by Friday, May 1 at https://webform.osgoode.yorku.ca/view.php?id=674693. You will receive a Zoom invitation prior to the workshop.

We hope that you can join us!

E-Book Access @ the Osgoode Law Library


The Law Library continues to provide access to electronic books on a variety of different platforms. These books can be found in the library catalogue and accessed remotely using your Passport York user ID and password. 

The following list will help you navigate the kind of access available to you.  

Feel free to contact a Reference Librarian if you need further assistance.  

Email: lawref@osgoode.yorku.ca 

Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm 

Book a Zoom consultation on LibCal

Library Catalogue – https://www.library.yorku.ca/web/ 

Publisher How to Access Content 
Bloomsbury Collections: Law Library catalogue Selection of e-books on various law topics 
Brill Online Library catalogue Human rights and humanitarian law collection  International law collection 
Cambridge Core E-Books (Law Collection)Library catalogueSelection of e-books on various topics
Elgar Online Library catalogue  Selection of e-books on various law topics 
Emond E-Books (Limited users) Library catalogueSelection of e-books on various law topics
Hart Publishing Library catalogueSelection of e-books on various law topics 
HeinOnline Library catalogue Selection of e-books on various law topics 
Irwin Law E-Books (Temporary unlimited access for multiple users) Library catalogue E-books on various topics such as the Essentials of Canadian Law series 
Lexis Advance Quicklaw (Osgoode) Personal accounts for law faculty and students  Selection of e-books on various law topics with temporary access to additional textbooks, legal encyclopedia, cases and legislation.
Lexis Advance Quicklaw (York wide) Library catalogue  Selection of e-books on various law topics  
Oxford Handbooks Online Library catalogue Selection of e-books on various law topics 
Oxford Scholarship Online Library catalogue Selection of e-books on various law topics  
Proview  Library catalogue Selected loose-leaf titles in e-book format 
WestlawNext Canada (Osgoode) Personal accounts for law faculty and students  Selection of e-books on various law topics
COVID-19 Canada Resource Centre  
WestlawNext Canada (York wide) Library catalogue Selection of e-books on various law topics  

Free COVID-19 Resources from LexisNexis Canada

LexisNexis Canada is providing free public access to the Lawyer’s Daily breaking news and analysis articles on COVID-19. They will also also be offering no-cost access to COVID-19 related content from Lexis Practice Advisor.

Please use the following links to access these resources:

CANCELLED: Zotero for Legal Research Workshop update

In response to York University suspending face-to-face instruction as of Monday, March 16th, the Zotero for Legal Research Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th, has been cancelled.

For more information on using Zotero, please consult the Law Library’s Research Guide, or contact the Reference Librarians at lawref@osgoode.yorku.ca.

Thank you for your understanding.

Zotero for Legal Research Workshop

Zotero is a free tool that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. The Law Library will be running a workshop to teach you how Zotero can help you conduct legal research projects more efficiently.

By the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Create in-text citations
  • Organize and share your references
  • Generate a bibliography in McGill Guide or other citation styles
  • Save research sources from the library catalogue, databases and websites

No prior knowledge is required, but please download Zotero on your personal computer before the session. To learn more about Zotero, check out the Law Library’s Research Guide.

To register, please complete and submit the form here.

Date: March 18, 12:30-1:30pm

Location: Room 2003

Have any questions? Contact lawref@osgoode.yorku.ca

We look forward to seeing you there!

Reminder about Lexis Advance Quicklaw and WestlawNext Canada training

If you’re not sure whether to use Quicklaw or Westlaw and want to find out which sources are available on each service and how to use them effectively, attend the upcoming training sessions:

Lexis Advance Quicklaw:  Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29

WestlawNext Canada: Next Monday, February 3.

Both sessions will be in room 2010 and will run from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.

To register please complete and submit the form at https://webform.osgoode.yorku.ca/view.php?id=518648

We look forward to seeing you there!