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At the Courthouse Library, we serve the legal community, the judiciary and the public of BC. Our mission is to help lawyers and the community find and use legal information. Our strategic plan features key initiatives to fulfill that mission.

We have 29 libraries in courthouses around the province. All of our libraries have public computers with legal databases and internet access. In seven libraries in larger communities in the province, we have fulltime staff who can assist clients with information requests. We also have a 1-800 number and an email service that anyone in BC can access to ask a legal information question.

We support accessible legal information for the general public with our LawMatters program in public libraries and free online through our Clicklaw website, which features public legal information and options for assistance.

Our collection includes digital content and print materials. It is a practice-oriented collection rather than a research collection, with a focus on the practice areas of interest to most lawyers in BC. We primarily collect BC and Canadian legal resources, including case law, legislation, practice manuals, textbooks, forms & precedents, continuing legal education, and practice management & technology resources. The collection is supplemented with resources that support specialized practice areas and selected US, UK, and other foreign and international resources. We license a number of legal databases for clients to use on public computers in our libraries, and we provide desktop access to BC lawyers and articled students to several subscription databases via our Lawyers' Reading Room service.

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