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  • Library computers and catalogue unavailable Sat, March 26

    by Kat Siddle | Mar 24, 2016
    Our public computers in all our locations will be unavailable on Saturday, March 26.  Our library catalogue will also be offline. You'll be able to use our website, but you won't be able to check out books or check what location a book is in. 

    The computers and catalogue will be offline from 8am-10pm, Saturday March 26. 

    This outage is due to a planned building-wide power outage in our Vancouver location (where our servers are housed). We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. Everything should be working and available on Friday, Sunday and Monday, though our branches will all be unstaffed for the four-day weekend. 

    If you have technical problems with our computers or website on Sunday, please email us at librarian@courthouselibrary.ca so we can start fixing the problem as soon as possible. 
  • New guide for Self-Representing Litigants (and other people with everyday legal problems)

    by Kat Siddle | Oct 09, 2015

    Courthouse Libraries BC is pleased to announce that our new Clicklaw Wikibook, The Beginner’s Guide to Finding Legal Information; A how-to for legal research and representing yourself in court in British Columbia  is now available online. Our news release gives detailed information about the publication.

    The Guide as a new resource that helps people handle their everyday legal problems. It is particularly useful to people who are representing themselves in court in British Columbia. Written by librarians at Courthouse Libraries BC, the new Guide gives a basic introduction to understanding laws & legislation, and gives how-to instructions to find specific legal resources on a given topic.

    A copy of the Guide can be printed by using the PDF download option, or you can download it as an ePub for mobile devices. 

    We encourage feedback on the Guide's content, because one of the great features of wikibooks is that they can be updated so easily. Please send your comments to jfreeman@courthouselibrary.ca
  • Update: Our website search is working once again

    by User Not Found | Aug 27, 2015

    UPDATE: Our search is now back to normal. Well, almost normal. Books will appear in your search results, but results from our Asked & Answered database will not. 
    If you still can't find the book you want, please contact our friendly staff


    Can't find the book you want? Blame our search.

    If you're trying to find a book on our website, you won't have much luck today (August 27, 2015). Our website search is experiencing errors. 

    It doesn't look like it's broken, but if you look closely, you'll see that  your search results will not include books and other materials from our library catalogue.  

    There is a workaround: you can search the library catalogue by going to http://opac.courthouselibrary.ca/Catalogues/Search.aspx

    If you still can't find the book that you want, please contact our staff. 

    We are currently working on the issue and hope to have everything fixed soon. 


In Kat's former position at Courthouse Libraries BC, she was a law librarian, developer of online content and preoccupied by information design, communications, and the practical side of new technologies.

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