Library service updates

Updated July 8, 2021

Librarian assistance

We are available to assist you during business hours, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

We encourage you to contact us by phone or email, rather than visiting our libraries. We're able to provide many services this way, and may be able to save you a trip to the courthouse, or reduce the amount of time you need to spend on site.

Contact us with your legal information questions and requests for information. We can search for cases, precedents, legislation, articles, and expert commentary in our print and digital collections. During this extraordinary time, we’re waiving our document delivery fees for legal information resources.*

Call us at:

604-660-2841

or toll free:

1-800-665-2570

If you leave a message, please note that returned calls may be coming from blocked numbers. If your phone does not accept blocked calls, you will miss our return call. To prevent this, you may also wish to leave your email address.

Send us an email:

librarian@courthouselibrary.ca 

or send an email to your regional Librarian directly:

We aim to respond to all enquiries within two business days. There is no priority service at this time.

Electronic resources

The Courthouse Libraries website has many useful resources that can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection:

  • Our legal knowledge base
    • A collection of handy references and hard to find answers to a diverse assortment of legal research questions
  • Guides to legislation
    • Created by Courthouse Libraries BC staff to help you get started researching selected acts, provincial and federal legislation and court rules
  • Clicklaw
    • legal information and help for British Columbians
  • Clicklaw Wikibooks
    • legal topics covered in plain language for anyone in BC

Members of the Law Society and members of the Society of Notaries Public of BC can always use Remote Access to Subscription Databases to access the following resources:

Register for a website account to get access in your home or office.

Register for your account here:

https://www.courthouselibrary.ca/user/register

Courthouse Libraries BC has also arranged temporary access to CLBC’s WestlawNext and Quicklaw subscriptions to Law Society of BC members. For access details, contact us at librarian@courthouselibrary.ca.

If you need help navigating any of our resources staff are available to provide assistance.

Borrowing books

Borrowing books is limited to members of the legal community. Contact your local library in advance so we can have your book ready for pick up. You can also borrow books through our Book in a Box programwhich provides free return shipping through Canada Post.

Returning books

All our libraries are able to receive your book returns. If you're unable to come to one of our libraries, please call us to discuss possible options:

1-800-665-2570

Training programs

Upcoming scheduled webinars which are eligible for CPD credit can be found here:

Archived webinars can be found here:

Webinars for Public Librarians, Intermediaries, and Advocates can be found here:

Library access

Library access

Access to our libraries is limited. We strongly encourage all our clients to access our services through phone and email service.

Although the Restart Plan sets dates and criteria for each step, the Provincial Health Officer’s Statement for Employers on Transitioning from COVID-19 Safety Plans to Communicable Disease Plans (June 17, 2021) recognizes that some workplaces may maintain current COVID-19 Safety Plan protocols for a longer period to allow for a transitional period and progression from COVID-19 Safety Plans to communicable disease plans.

Please read our COVID-19 safety plan to learn about the steps we are taking to keep staff and clients safe:

COVID-19 safety plan

For the public:

Limited public access is available in the following communities. Access is limited to 30 minutes max and may be restricted due to occupancy limits.

For the legal community:

Access is available following after hours protocols. Protocols vary by location. Please visit our locations and contact page and see Access for the legal community for each location.

Updates

This page will be updated as information changes. Please check back for the most up to date information.

More information

To learn more please see the message from Caroline Nevin, our Courthouse Libraries BC CEO: 

https://www.courthouselibrary.ca/how-we-can-help/new-notable-legal-news/message-ceo

 

* CLBC reserves the right to limit the fee waiver depending on the demand and our ability to provide service to our clients in a fair and consistent manner.