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Services for members of the public, including people involved in court cases    



    The Law Courts Library is primarily for judges of NSW courts. The library is not open to members of the public, however you can search our catalogue online (via our home page) and request to borrow certain items through your local library.


    Please search the Library Services catalogue to find out which publications are held in the Law Courts Library. Most material is available for inter-library loan, with some exceptions such as rare books and unreported judgments. Contact your own public, university or other organisation's library to request an inter-library loan. 

    Representing yourself in court?

    If you are representing yourself in a court case, there are a number of options for finding legal information and getting advice. If you are looking for legal resources, the  State Library of NSW can help you find items relevant to your case.

    Law Libraries open to the public

    The State Library has an extensive law collection including plain language resources, legal text books, law journals, legislation and law reports. The library also subscribes to an extensive range of loose-leaf services and online legal databases. 

    You can consult the Find Legal Answers section of the State Library of NSW or look for the Find Legal Answers toolkits in your nearest local public library.

    Public libraries with extra legal resources

    Many public libraries have additional collections of legal resources and specialist librarians to assist you. Find a public library with legal resources through State Library public library map

    Tours of the Law Courts Library

    While the library is not open to members of the public or students, special tours may be offered to coincide with Law Week each year.