Library Service Updates

Updated April 9, 2020

Covid-19 public health directives have changed how our libraries are delivering service but 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.

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
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

    Self Serve Electronic Resources

    Members of the Law Society can access:

    • 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

    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:

    https://www.courthouselibrary.ca/training-professional-development/cpd-training

    Archived webinars can be found here:

    https://www.courthouselibrary.ca/training-professional-development/archived-webinars

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

    https://www.courthouselibrary.ca/training-professional-development/other-training

    Our Locations

    As of March 18th  all 29 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