Library service updates

Updated April 27, 2020

We are still available to help!

Librarian assistance

Courthouse Libraries BC staff are available online and by phone during business hours Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (excluding statutory holidays).

Librarians continue to have access to all Courthouse Libraries subscription databases:

  • WestlawNext Canada
  • Quicklaw
  • CLE Online
  • Quickscribe
  • HeinOnline
  • ICLR
  • Irwin Law
  • Canadian NewsStream
  • CHRR
  • LLMC Digital

During this extraordinary time, we’re waiving our document delivery fees for legal information resources.* You can continue to  ask us to find cases, precedents, legislation, articles, expert commentary and the like that are available through our digital collections. 

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

Send us an email:

librarian@courthouselibrary.ca 

or send an email to your regional Librarian directly:

Leave us a message and we’ll call you back at

1-800-665-2570

or

604.660.2841

As our staff are working from home, all returned calls will 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.

    Self serve electronic resources

    Members of the Law Society can always use Remote Access to Subscription Databases to access the following resources:

    • HeinOnline
    • Irwin Law
    • Rangefindr
    • Canadian NewsStream

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

    Register for your account here:

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

    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

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

    Ordering material

    During this extraordinary time, we’re waiving our document delivery fees for legal information resources.* You can continue to  ask us to find cases, precedents, legislation, articles, expert commentary and the like that are available through our digital collections. 

    Our staff are working remotely and without access to the libraries print collect. As a result, our regular turnaround time may be longer than usual. There is no priority service during this time.

    If you would like to order a book or document that we do not have in electronic format, please submit your request. We will follow up with you when the library re-opens.

    As we do not have access to our print collection at this time, we have had to suspend our book in a box service.This service will resume when the library re-opens.

    Due dates for material on loan

    We understand if you are not able to return your books while the library remains closed. You will not receive loan messages from the library regarding the material on loan until the library re-opens.

    Webinars

    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:

    Our locations

    As of March 18th all 28 of our branches are closed until further notice to protect the health and wellbeing of clients and staff.

    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.