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Legal practitioners may apply for access to the Law Courts Library's collection on a "user pays" basis, in accordance with the Library Rules [Word, 41 KB]. Please note that access for legal practitioners does not include borrowing rights.

To visit the library to use its resources, you will need to complete an application for an Access Card. The Access Card enables you to enter the secure floor which houses the Law Courts Library, and to browse/copy items from the collection.

Access is available for one day, one month, or on a financial year basis.

If you lose your card, please make a written request for a replacement. There is a $78.90 fee to replace a lost card.


Access Fees for Legal Practitioners 2017/18

Payment can be made by electronic funds transfer or credit card.  A surcharge of 0.4% is applied to credit card transactions.

Type of Access

Access period

Access Card application form 


Individual practitioner1 day

Application form 
[Word, 49.2 KB]

1 month

Application form
[Word, 51.6 KB]


Financial year

Application form
[Word, 42.4 KB]





The Law Courts Library primarily serves judicial officers of NSW courts. Legal practitioners may browse the collection and photocopy relevant materials after being granted access, however borrowing rights are not included.


Document supply service

The Library can copy and supply material from the collection, excluding selected materials such as the rare books collection.

Payment must be made in advance. When a request is made, Library staff will confirm that the item can be supplied and then issue an invoice.

Payment can be made by credit card or electronic funds transfer.  A surcharge of 0.4% is applied to credit card transactions.


From 1 July 2017, the Library offers the following document supply service for unreported judgments:





The fee for supplying a judgment is set out in the Civil Procedure Regulation 2017 (NSW) Sch 1, Pt 5, item 6.


To request an unreported judgment, please send an email with the following information:                

  • contact details
  • Judgment details: party names, court, judge (for single judge decisions), date


Other publications

The Library offers the following document supply services for publications in the library collection, including law reports, journal articles, book chapters etc:



Express service
(2 hour turnaround)

$49.50 per item or article up to 50 pages*
Rush Service
(24 hour turnaround)
$33.00 per item or article up to 50 pages*
Core Service
(4 working days)
$16.50 per item or article up to 50 pages*

* Add $4.40 for each additional 50 pages or part thereof.


Charges and turnaround times comply with Australian Interlibrary Resources Sharing Code (ILRS) standard rates. 

Charges for the supply of library material include GST.

To request a library item or a copy of library material, please send an email with the following information:

  • contact details
  • name of item / publication information
  • the level of service required (e.g. express)
  • copyright declaration

Under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), requests for all material except unreported judgments must include a copyright declaration.

If you are making the request as an individual, please state in your email:

'I require this copy for the purposes of research or study and will not use it for any other purpose. I have not previously been supplied with a copy of this article or other work, or the same part of the article or other work by an authorised officer of the Library.'

If you are making the request as an Officer of the Crown, please state in your email:

'I, [insert name], acting for and on behalf of the State of [insert state name], hereby request you, and authorise you under s183(1) of the Copyright Act 1968 to make a copy of the material specified below for the services of the State of [insert state name].'



Photocopying and printing facilities

Photocopies are available at a charge of 35c per copy. The machines operate using copy cards. Cards can be purchased for $2.20 from the card vending machine located in the photocopying room. Credit for copies can be added to these cards. The machines do not provide change but do issue receipts if required. Copiers are located in the photocopying room adjacent to the NSW legislation collection.

Printing is available from any of the public access terminals in the library. There is a charge of $1.65 for up to 5 pages.

All prices are inclusive of GST.