LawMatters works with public libraries to enhance public access to legal information in all communities throughout British Columbia. Supported by the Law Foundation of British Columbia, LawMatters is Courthouse Libraries BC's outreach program for public librarians.
Read more about the program on our About page. Program Updates are posted on the BC LawMatters Blog.
Materials for Public Librarians
Law Books for Libraries
One of the key components of the LawMatters program is the development of a list of recommended materials for small, medium and large size public libraries:
Law Books for Libraries - LBL 2017 (March 2017) (Excel)
Legal Collections - Getting Started (March 2017) (Word Doc)
How to turn $125 into a Legal Collection (March 2017) (Word Doc)
These guidelines are used in the LawMatters program to select materials for the list of recommended titles in Law Books for Libraries, and allows for occasional exceptions. If you wish to purchase materials not currently on the list, please use the guidelines in making your selection and forward your list to the LawMatters project coordinator before purchasing.
Jurisdiction: BC/Canadian law.
Currency: Published within the last 5 years.
Practical: Legal resources for individual citizens rather than legal theory and analysis.
Legal: Resources include a significant legal component
• For non-profit organizations and small businesses, there has to be a significant legal component and not be a resources for a specific business such as Start and Run a Bed and Breakfast
• Another example: estate planning (primarily law based) but not wealth planning (accounting based).
General Reference: Legal research/legal procedure/legal dictionaries.
Varied: Where possible avoid duplication of similar titles by several publishers
Click here to download the Word Document of LawMatters Selection Guidelines
Retention and Updating Guide
Retention and Weeding Guidelines
The Retention and Weeding Guidelines were used to produce the LawMatters Retention and Weeding Guide and include:
• How to use the Guide
• General Guidelines for Legal Collections
• Legislation at your Library
Retention and Weeding Guide (June 2016)
Resources for Community Groups and Libraries
BC Toll-Free Referral Phone Numbers (August 2016) PDF
Contains phone numbers and web sites for many BC legal information and advice services.
A Brief Guide to Finding Court Documents (June 2015) PDF
Gives sample questions, possible responses and tips for searching court documents.
Legal Information Reading Guide (August 2015)
240 titles from Law Books for Libraries arranged by subject headings.
Beginner's Guide to Finding Legal Information (2015) Clicklaw Wikibooks
Provincial Court Resources - Clicklaw
Resources on Family, Small Claims, and Criminal court that can be printed as handouts.
See Community Forums page for information about Community Legal Information Forums for your library.
For more information, contact Shannon McLeod, Program Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org 604.660.9204 or 1.800.665.2570