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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:


August Update - LBL 2016 (July 2016)
New and updated titles added.

Law Books for Libraries - LBL 2016 (March 2016)

Selection Guidelines

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.

Community Forums

See Community Forums page for information about Community Legal Information Forums for your library.

For more information, contact Shannon McLeod, Program Coordinator 
smcleod@courthouselibrary.ca 604.660.9204 or 1.800.665.2570

NEW: Conference Materials

Stocking your Legal Reference Toolkit (PPT) - BC Library Conference May 12, 2016

Useful Resources: BC Library Conference Handout (PDF) - BC Library Conference May 12, 2016

NEW: Librarians' Guides

BC Toll-Free Referral Phone Numbers (August 2016) PDF
Phone numbers and websites for many BC legal information and advice services.

August Update - LBL 2016 (July 2016)
New and updated titles added.

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