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Services and Programs of the Law Library


The Law Library has a combined Circulation/Reserve area adjacent to the main entrance of the library. Our Reserve stacks are open, and all library users are encouraged to browse; however, only faculty, staff, students and those members of the public who hold a current Queen's library card may borrow Reserve materials.

Loan periods


Queen's Undergraduates

RMC and St. Lawrence College Students

Alumni and Community Borrowers

Queen's Law Graduate Students

Queen's and RMC Faculty/Staff

Books 14 days Term Loan
Journals (current and bound) No loans 3 days
Reserve books and articles 3 hours (sometimes 1 hour or 1 day) 3 days (sometimes 1 hour or 1 day loans)

Mystery of the Law Collection - DVDs

3 days 3 days

Mystery of the Law Collection - Books


14 days

14 days
Videos/DVDs 14 days 14 days
Reference Materials, Legislative Materials, Reporters
No loans No loans


  • Reserve Materials : 2 Cents/Minute (students), 40 Cents/Day (faculty and staff)
  • Law Journals : 40 Cents/Day (faculty and staff)
  • Books from the Stacks : 40 Cents/Day (everyone)

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

Law Students and Faculty

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery service is available to law students and faculty through the central interlibrary loan department at Stauffer Library. Please see more information at Queen's University Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services.

Legal Practitioners

For lawyers, law firms and County Law Associations, the central interlibrary loan department offers a chargeable document delivery service. Please contact Stauffer's Interlibrary Loan department at racadmsl@queensu.ca or 613-533-2526.

Other External Clients

If registered in RACER, please use the Standard Web Request Form. If not registered in RACER, please send an email request to racadmsl@queensu.ca or 613-533-2526.

Reference/Information Services

General Information

The Reference Office is open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday for assistance with legal research and using the Law Library. Staff are available to help with any problem or question. No appointment is necessary. Individual tutorials can also be set up on specific electronic or print research tools, such as LexisNexis Quicklaw, WestlawNext Canada, journal indexes, etc.

  • Reference questions can be sent via email to weblaw@queensu.ca
  • The Reference phone number is (613) 533-2842.

Research Service for External Clients

Librarians at the Law Library provide assistance with legal research services for external clients; however, they do not give legal advice. External clients who require legal advice are advised to consult a lawyer, the Kingston Community Legal Clinic ((613) 541-0777) or Legal Aid at Queen's ((613) 533-2102). The Law Society of Upper Canada also offers a lawyer referral service.

Legal Express Electronic Newsletter

Legal Express is published monthly and highlights new resouces in the Law Library. It is sent by e-mail to law graduate students and faculty. If you would like to receive an email copy of Legal Express, please send a message to weblaw@queensu.ca.

Instructional Programs

In addition to the individual reference assistance described above, the Law Library offers a variety of instructional programs for groups of library users.

Legal Foundations Program

As part of the first year Legal Foundations Program, there are various sessions offered throughout the year, including Exam Preparation and a 1-credit Legal Research and Writing Course.

Legal Research Materials

There is a freely accessible legal research manual on the Law Library home page.

Seminars and Tutorials

Reference staff provide an ongoing series of seminars and tutorials on various legal research topics. Watch for notices of upcoming seminars on the student listservs, or contact the reference staff directly with seminar suggestions or to schedule individual tutorials.

Computers, Scanner, Printers

On the main floor of the Law Library (towards back) are:

    • 9 computers
    • 1 laser printer (printing charge 10 cents per page with copy card)
    • 1 scanner

In the basement are two computers and on the second floor one more.

Internet for Laptops and Portable Devices

Patrons with laptop computers can access wifi internet if they have a Queen's NetID.


The Law Library has two photocopiers for general use: one located in the Reserve area and one in the alcove towards the rear of the main level. Photocopy/printer cards can be purchased from a self-serve dispenser across from the circulation desk. The photocopying charge is 11 cents per page.

Last Updated: 26 August 2014