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Access to the Law Courts Library governed by the Library Rules [PDF, 20 KB]. Access is available on application to librarians qualified for admission as associates of the Australian Library and Information Association.
To visit the library to use its resources, you will need to complete an application for an Access Card. An annual access fee usually applies. The Access Card enables you to enter the secure floor which houses the Law Courts Library, and to borrow items from the collection.
Application form [Word 27 KB]
Payment can be made by electronic funds transfer or credit card. A surcharge of 0.4% is applied to credit card transactions.
If you lose your card, please make a written request for a replacement. There is a $81.90 fee to replace a lost card.
Access Card holders may borrow items from the collection. There is a fee of $16.50 per item. Payment can be made by credit card or electronic funds transfer. A surcharge of 0.4% is applied to credit card transactions.
The following items are not for loan:
All material borrowed is subject to immediate return on request. Loans may be extended by telephone or in person. Overdue notices will be sent for any material not returned or renewed by the due date.
Please note that interlibrary loans are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Law Courts Library will lend books and copy and supply other material from the Law Courts Library, 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 2020, 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 a judgment, please
send an email with the following information:
The Library offers the following interlibrary loan and document supply services for publications in the library collection, including law reports, journal articles, book chapters etc.
Copy: $56.10 per itemLoan: $71.30 per itemor article up to 25 pages*
Charges includes GST. Charges and turnaround times comply with Australian Interlibrary Resources Sharing Code (ILRS) standard rates.
To request a library item or a copy of library material, please
send an email with the following details
Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), requests for all material except unreported judgments must include a copyright declaration. Please state in your email: 'This request complies with s 50 of the
Copyright Act 1968 (Cth)'.
Library tours may be arranged for special interest groups such as conference delegates. The Law Courts Library also hosts visits and placements from time to time for library and information students. Please
contact us to make a request.