Library re-opening update

In June, we asked for your input to help us with our safe-reopening plan. We heard from almost 500 of you – thank you for your thoughtful feedback! We have continued to provide service through phone and email, and staff have been busy making our library spaces safe.

Here is our July update for our service levels.

Visit our libraries

Members of the Law Society can still access all our libraries following after-hours procedure – talk to the local sheriff for the procedure at your courthouse. We are still closed to the public at this time, and staff will only be accessible by phone and email.

We have increased the frequency of cleaning, put measures in place to ensure physical distancing, and provided sanitizer for clients to use before and after using the library.

Talk to our law librarians

Our law librarians are available Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm to help answer your legal information questions through our phone and email service. Please call 604-660-2841 or 1-800-665-2570 or email librarian@courthouselibrary.ca.

Request documents

Looking for a case, article, or section of a practice manual? Our staff can email it to you! Simply phone, email, or visit our website to submit your document delivery request. We have waived fees for this service while our libraries remain closed to the public.

Return your books

You can now return books to our libraries. We’re getting more and more requests for our resources so if you have any at home or in your office, please return them as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about coming to the library to return your books, please contact us to discuss other options.

Request a book

Is there a book in our collection that you’d like to borrow? You can submit a request to pick it up at one of our branches or contact us at the number or email above.

Can’t make the trip to one of our libraries to pick it up? We’re happy to let you know that our popular Book in a Box service has resumed. Let us know what book you’d like and we’ll ship it to you, for free.

Attend CPD training

Our free CPD programming offers live and archived webinars created with our training partners (Court of Appeal, Legal Aid BC, Criminal Defence Advocacy Society, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic and others).

Many thanks for your patience as we gradually and safely re-open our libraries and continue to provide legal information to the people of BC.

Contact us with questions or concerns at librarian@courthouse.ca